Who doesn’t love a good story? Stories captivate our attention and thoughts, remind us of our own stories, and often shape the next chapter in our life story.
Jesus knew this. Jesus practiced this. Even today Jesus transforms us through his stories.
Historically, Jesus stories are referred to as parables. A Parable is a short story that illustrates a universal truth; it is a simple narrative. It sketches a setting, describes an action, and shows the results. A parable often involves a character who faces a moral dilemma or one who makes various decisions and then suffers the unintended consequences. The transformative element of a parable is that it is often open ended, and it is up to the listeners to write the ending through their deeds and witness.
As we enter the Church season of Lent on March 6, we will be rereading Jesus’s famous stories. On Sunday mornings we will be preaching on 6 of his parables, and we will encourage our congregation to systematically read all 37 of his parables during the Lenten Season.
C’mon join the story! See you Sunday!
March 10: Parable of the Two Builders
March 17: Parable of the Seed Growing in Secret
March 24: Parable of the Lost Coin, Sheep, and Son
March 31: Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
April 7: Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard
April 14: Palm Passion Sunday. Jesus’s final Parable, Parable of the Talents