Sunday, October 8

Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen by Marten van Valckenborch

Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen by Marten van Valckenborch

Morning Worship10:30 a.m. 

Lectionary Readings:  Psalm 80; Matthew 21: 33-46

Sermon:  “Sticks and Stones”

Synopsis:  This week we look at one of Jesus’ more controversial teachings – “The Parables of the Wicked Tenants.”  A landowner leases a vineyard to a group of tenant farmers.  At harvest, he sends his servants to collect his share of the crops.  Each of the landowner’s representatives, even his own son, meets a violent end at the hands of the tenants.  The story is not for the squeamish.  And yet, as we deconstructthe parable, we discover a narrative that gives us a fascinating reflection not only on Jesus’ time, but our own.