Picture the scene...
Jesus responds to the question, "Who's the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" It starts Jesus on a discourse of God's understanding of greatness. It's illustrated by a small child, driven by an urgency to find the lost and ready to work diligently to restore relationships.
It seems the time and work involved in reconciliation may be a bit much for Peter. There's the personal one-on-one loving confrontation, (and which of us likes that?); followed by a small gathering to continue the process; and finally, in the case of unrepentance, recommend the church excommunicate. I'm thinking this is registering as a lot of time-consuming hard work for Peter.
So... a little while later...
Peter approaches Jesus and asks, "How often will my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times!?" In the GUV (The Galik Unauthorized Version, which in addition to being unauthorized is also uninspired), Peter says something like, "Really and you want me to do this how often!?"
Jesus response to Peter is where our worship picks up.
We'll look to God's Word to provide perspective in forgiving one another - and the spiritual, physical and emotional power of forgiveness. You see some powerful stories that illustrate both Godly perspective and the Godly Power inherent in forgiveness. All of it will be from Matthew 18.1-35. Read it for yourself!
Integrated into our worship will also be time to honor dads in honor of Father's Day. We'll wish a happy Father's Day to dads and pray for the power of our heavenly Father to work in and through dads at Peace.
See you soon in worship, Good Lord willing!