Jesus' Parables

September 15: Mustard Seed

Mark 4:30-32

"With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 
It is like a mustard seed..." (vs.30,31)


Jesus' Parables

Sundays Aug. 11-Sept. 1, Sept. 29:
Radical Re-tellings in Worship (10:30am)

Sept. 1-22:
Bible Study from Short Stories by Jesus (9:00am)
Congregational Engagement in Worship (10:30am)

The challenge of Jesus’ teachings is that they have become “known”, by which we mean their core meaning, their substance, has been identified and distilled. Or, perhaps when we read them, we already know what they mean and what we are supposed to think and feel about them.

But what if we don’t really know them at all? What if the Jesus we follow is much more subversive, much more demanding, much more risky, than we know Him to be? What if His parables ask far more than moral behavior; what if they ask us to re-order our lives? What if they are, and always have been, about calling us to get real about our priorities?

September 1: The Tenacious Widow

Luke 18:1-8

"will not God grant justice...?

Will [God] delay long in helping...?" (v.7)

August 25: Pearl of Great Price

Matthew 13:45-46

"the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it."

Unfortunately, this service did not get recorded.

August 18: Pharisee and Tax Collector

(Radical Retelling / Reflections & Connections)

Luke 18:9-14

"[Jesus] told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt..." (v.9)

August 11: The Lost Sheep
(various readings and reflections)

Luke 15:4-7

"'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.'" (v.7)

September 22: The "Good Samaritan"
Luke 10:25-37

September 29: Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16:19-31

"There was a rich man who...feasted sumptuously every day, and at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus...who longed to satisfy his hunger..." (v. 19-21)


While the concept of "idolatry" is often seen as either anachronistic or as an unsophisticated way to critique wealth, it holds great potential for seeing America's historic sins in new ways. The Spirit is stirring Christian people across the country to take up the call to speak hard truth about injustices we have learned to ignore. It's time for us, as white people and followers of Christ, to get serious about the toxic idolatry of white supremacy in our nation's history and present. In this series, we explore the functions of idols in the life of the Hebrew people and how those functions are replicated by a white racial identity in our own time. We listen to the prophets of old, applying their wisdom to our current context of idolatrous worship in the name of becoming and remaining "white".

June 23: Hearts Turned to God (Lay Preachers)
Laura Sutkus, James Bix South, Anne Crandall

1 Kings 18:20-39

"When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, 'The LORD indeed is God; the LORD indeed is God.'" (v. 39)