Worship this week with Holy Communion:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. traditional worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week:
March 15, 2015 “The Parable of the Talents”
Study: In following the theme of abundant invitation and grace of the past few weeks, this story moves now to the expected response to such an invitation. In the parable, the master was gone for a time, and then returned at an unexpected time. But those waiting were expected to be prepared for the return. The servants were expected to invest what they had been given, so that at the master’s return they would have even more to return. The parable shows that action is expected on the part of those waiting.
Read: Follow the parables and teachings of Jesus, as Jesus challenged followers to do more for God’s kingdom.
Sunday, Matthew 25:1-13, (25:14-30), Bridesmaids (or Talents)
Monday, Psalm 43:3-4, Psalm
Tuesday, Matthew 22:15-33, Questions for Jesus
Wednesday, Matthew 22:34-46, The Greatest Commandment
Thursday, Matthew 23:1-36, Woes
Friday, Matthew 23:37-39, Lament over Jerusalem
Saturday, Matthew 24:1-28, Teachings of Jesus
- How is the tone of these later chapters different from earlier chapters? What was Jesus trying to tell people?
- Do people live as if Jesus might return any day? How might your community look different if people behaved as if Jesus was on his way?
- What is one thing you can change about your routine or behaviors so that you are behaving as if Jesus was going to return at any moment?
Do: Make a bucket list of 5-10 things you would like to do before Jesus’ return.