Because You're Loved

You are invited to a BANQUET

 

The local churches who hosted the Croydon Festival would like to invite you to a banquet:

To book your place at the banquet, please fill in

the form opposite and press SEND

       DATE:           Sat 2nd Sept 2017

       TIME:            7pm to 9pm

       LOCATION:   to be confirmed

 

 

The banquet is free of charge and will include a presentation about a story Jesus told in the Bible about a father who had two sons. (You can find the story in Luke 15: 11-32). Jesus uses this story to explain to his listeners, that God is not distant, disapproving or uninterested in us, but rather he is a loving Father who longs for us to come home..

Luke 15: 11- 24

 

11-12 Then Jesus said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’

12-16 “So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.

17-20 “That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.

20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’

22-24 “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.