Homecoming is the Sunday worship service where we invite friends and relatives who have left the community to return to their home church for worship and a large dinner. It is often the beginning of a week of revival services.
But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
In a distant country, the prodigal son has fallen to feeding the pigs and desiring their food. By the divine presence of God on the mercy seat between the cherubim, the Holy Spirit gives the son the ability to come to his senses and return home. When he does, the father who is the I Am does not sit in his home on high to wait for the son. He runs down to lovingly meet him while he is still a far off.
Every now and then, we hear sermons of a Father that is to mean and scary to come home to. There is an historic sermon from the Colonial Puritan preacher Johnathan Edwards entitled “Sinners In The Hands Of…
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