THE PARABLES OF LENT | 2015 Schedule
A Series of Services for the Season of Lent
Each service in our Lenten series focuses on a biblical parable that connects to Lenten themes. Each sermon reveals that within each parable’s plot is woven a unique message about what we receive through the crucified Christ. You can take the message with you to enrich your own stories of faith in Jesus as you journey through Lent.
February 18 — 7:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday: “Receive Justification: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” • Luke 18:9-14 • The tax collector who repents goes home justified, while the proud Pharisee does not. We, too, who repent are justified through Christ.
February 25 — 7:00 p.m.
“Receive the Word: The Sower and the Seed” • Matthew 13:1-8, 18-23 • The seed that falls on fertile soil takes root and grows, while seeds in other soils fail. The Word of Christ flourishes within us.
March 4 — 7:00 p.m.
“Receive the Treasure: The Hidden Treasure and the Priceless Pearl” • Matthew 13:44-46 • Two men give all that they have to buy objects of great worth. We who are priceless to Christ receive him who gave all that he had to call us his own.
March 11 — 7:00 p.m.
“Receive Mercy: The Good Samaritan” • Luke 10:25-37 • A man beaten on the road gets help from an unlikely traveler. We who are often beaten down along the road of life encounter the healing of Christ through the cross.
March 18 — 7:00 p.m.
“Receive Grace: The Workers in the Vineyard” • Matthew 20:1-16 • All workers in a vineyard are given the same pay from the master, no matter how long they have labored. All who have been called by the Master are blessed by the same reward in Christ.
March 25 — 7:00 p.m.
“Receive Forgiveness: The Prodigal Son” • Luke 15:11-32 • A wayward son returns to the forgiving embrace of his father, who welcomes him home. We who have strayed return again and again to the embrace of our Father, through the sacrifice of his Son.
March 28 & 29 — All Services
Palm Sunday: “Receive Love: The Lost Sheep” • Luke 15:1-7 • A shepherd leaves his 99 sheep to find the one who is lost. We who are lost in sin are found by our loving Shepherd, who heads into Jerusalem amid praise and palm branches.
April 2 — 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday: “Receive the Meal: The Great Banquet” • Luke 14:7-24 • Those in low positions are invited to a place of honor by the host. We who are humbled by our sins and outcast by the world are welcomed by Christ to dine at his Holy Supper.
April 3 — 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday: “Receive the Sacrifice: The Landowner and the Tenants” • Matthew 21:33-45 • Tenants in a vineyard kill the son the master sent to gather the harvest. The Son of God is killed that we might receive the kingdom.
April 5 — 8:00 a.m.
Easter Sunday: “Receive Eternal Life: The Wise and Foolish Builders” • Matthew 7:24-27 • When a storm hits, the house built on the rock remains while one built on sand is washed away. We build our lives on Christ the Cornerstone.