FINAL EDITION Uploaded March 28, 2001

The screen behind the logo incorporates a still graphic of the FATHER AND SON EMBRACING. This graphic is at





Channel One: Handle rollover reads "Ballad of the Prodigal Son"

TREGG: Eric has the video done for this. He was going to put the "credits" at the end of the video....but they didn't turn out right. Please put the following text on the Channel One Screen.

At the end of the video we need the Mtv tag line like we did on Samtv:

"Ballad of the Prodigal Son"
Sung by Barry Weaver
Arranged, performed and recorded by Colin MacQueen
Lyrics and Music by Neil & Shelley MacQueen


Balladeer- Barry Weaver
Father - Don Peters
Prodigal Son -Andy Peters
Older Son- Eric Farnbauch
Family- Harold, Helen and DeLynn Peters
Stunt Pigs- Root, Waller and Sloppy


When the channel two handle is clicked on.... the viewer sees a PRODIGAL PARALLELS logo.
The screen behind the logo incorporates a still graphic of the FATHER AND SON EMBRACING. This graphic is at

TREGG: You have THREE passages to present. They obviously won't all fit on the same screen. They could all be put onscreen with a SCROLLbar but that's a little uninteresting. Flash texts like the Ten C's billboards might be too much flash. How about something visually interesting like a "rolling scroll" that pops out of the TV to provide slightly larger area for text. I'll leave it up to you for some creative "make them read it" presentation.

Colin....we need a subtle piece of music behind these...


"Jesus spoke on the subject of sons, workers and fairness several times. Here are three."

Matthew 21:28 Two Sons in the Vineyard

There was once a man who had two sons. He went to the older one and said, "Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' 29 "I don't want to,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 30 Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. "Yes, sir,' he answered, but he did not go. 31 Which one of the two did what his father wanted?"

"The older one," they answered. So Jesus said to them, "I tell you: the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the Kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John the Baptist came to you showing you the right path to take, and you would not believe him; but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. Even when you saw this, you did not later change your minds and believe him.

What matters with Jesus?

2. Matthew 20:8 Workers in the Vineyard

8 When evening came, the owner of a vineyard said to his manager, "Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with those whom I hired late in the day.' 9 When those hired late in the day came, each of them received an entire day's wage. 10 Those who had worked longer thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.

11 So they grumbled against the landowner, 12 saying, "These worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have worked all day in the scorching heat.' 13 But the owner replied to one of them, "Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

What is the "Vineyard," who are "the workers" and "the last" Jesus might be talking about in our day?


3. Luke 15:2 Parable of the Lost Sheep

2 One day the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law started grumbling, "This man welcomes outcasts and even eats with them!" 3 So Jesus told them this parable: 4 "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them—what do you do? You leave the other ninety-nine sheep in the pasture and go looking for the one that got lost until you find it. 5 When you find it, you are so happy that you put it on your shoulders 6 and carry it back home. Then you call your friends and neighbors together and say to them, "I am so happy I found my lost sheep. Let us celebrate!' 7 In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to repent.

How is this parable like the parable of the Prodigal Son?



The channel 3 handle rollover reads: "What is this story REALLY about?" this as a "flash."

Steve Lindsley's "Native Son" sound track plays in background of Channel Three.

 There should be a "Print lyrics to Native Son" button on this screen to print lyrics of Native Son (see below)

"Did Jesus mean for the Prodigal Son and Older Brother to represent individual persons -or- groups of people?

In the time of Jesus some religious people were not willing to accept new believers who had worshipped other gods or who had led ungodly lives. They called these people 'Gentiles' and believed they were no longer worthy to be part of God's family. Even today some churches and Christians have a hard time loving those sinners whom God loves. And yet, that's exactly what the story tells us to do. Now here are some questions for further discussion:"

If the father represents God, what groups could the Prodigal Son represent? ...the Older Son?

Who are the prodigals around you and how does your church welcome them, -or not welcome them in God's house?

What person do you need to forgive and welcome back into your life?


Lyrics to "Native Son" by Steve Lindsley
Copyright 1999 MRM productions.

It's been years since I walked this place
It's been years since the memories
Of a love long forgotten
To touch the hem of your coat
and to feel your presence
Like our bond was never broken
And I had not made it home
in a lifetime
I wandered the paths of change
Rode waves of confusion
And I longed for the yearning
These people they touched my soul
this place calls to my spirit
And says child you're still only growing
And I have come many miles
for a lifetime

Sing to the sky in her blueness
And ride on the wind as it blows
And love with a love
that keeps on giving
Look here and see now
I'm your native son

Many people have journeyed with me
Lacked a heart of compassion
Their eyes blind to the beauty
It's not far to the end of the road
to the place called lonely
Where hope is just a memory
But I'll find hope in you
for more than a lifetime

Sing to the sky in her blueness...
Can you see it love comes around
can you feel it
round and round and round
Sing to the sky in her blueness...
Welcome home to the prodigal son
I'm your native son

Possible questions for discussion:
What "change" and "confusion" have you experienced?
What place calls to your spirit? Who are the people who have touched your heart?
What does he mean when he sings, "I'll find hope in you for more than a lifetime."
What feeling is conveyed by the refrain: "Sing to the sky....And ride on the wind...."
What people around you "lack a heart of compassion" or are "blind to the beauty?"
What is the "love that keeps on giving?"
What is the song about? What is it saying to you?

These lyrics and questions were printed from Sunday Software's The Prodigal Son CD,