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The Rev. Sarah Jackson Shelton

There's a Party Goin' On 'Round Here

Luke 15:11-32, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

4th Sunday in Lent - Year C

March 18, 2007

The Rev. Sarah Jackson Shelton (CBF)

In his book "Shepherds and Bathrobes," Thomas Long tells the following story:

I was once staying in a motel in a large city and was surprised to find, posted to the elevator door, a small handwritten notice that read, "Party Tonight! Room 210. 8:00 p.m. Everyone invited!" I could hardly picture who would throw such a party, or for what reason, but I imagined that at 8:00, room 210 would be filled by an unlikely assortment of people-sales representatives seeking a little relief from the tedium of the road; a vacationing couple tired of sightseeing; a person stopping overnight in the middle of a long journey, looking for a bit of festivity; a few inquisitive and wary motel employees, there because of professional responsibility; perhaps some young people who had slipped out of their parents' rooms, anxiously curious about what was happening in room 210.

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The Rev. Dr. Mark Doty

The One Who Stayed Home

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Fourth Sunday in Lent - Year C

March 19, 2006

The Rev. Dr. Mark Doty (UCC)

Many years ago when I was pastoring in South Texas, I became friendly with an Hispanic family who lived up the street. The couple who lived there had two sons, Joaquin and Pablo, born a year apart. At the time of this particular incident, Joaquin, the older son, had recently graduated high school. Pablo was then a high school senior.

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The Rev. Dr. Mark Doty Transcript

March 12, 2006

Letting God Be God

The Rev. Dr. Mark Doty (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Mark Doty is pastor of Hammond Street Congregational Church (UCC) in Bangor, Maine. This is the first in a two-part series on the Parable of the Prodigal Son.