Season Autumn — Time after Pentecost
Autumn brings a return to school and zoom and the resumption of a fuller schedule of congregational activities. It’s an opportune time to wonder where we stand before God. What is it that God wants from us? How can we be shaped again and again by God’s word in our worship. What is this life with God that Jesus came to bring?
In the gospels, Jesus tells a series of parables to describe this life with God that in Matthew is called “the kingdom of heaven.” In Jesus’ parables we find that mercy meets justice head on. In one parable, a king is the model of unexpected forgiveness for a great debt. In another, a landowner hiring day laborers pays the same wage to all, no matter what time of day they begin their work. And in yet another, a king extends a wedding invitation to those in the streets when others more lively to respond reject the initial invitation. Jesus’ stories surprise his listeners, causing the to rethink their place.
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RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH
“SMALL PLACE WITH A BIG HEART!”