Today we reflect upon the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard. A landowner goes out and hires laborers at different times of the day to work in his vineyard. At the end of the day, the landowner paid each of them the usual daily wage regardless of how many hours they worked. When those who worked all day complained that this was unfair, the landowner replied that it was his choice to be generous and pay everyone the same wage. So it is with God's grace: it is a gift to us, not based on merit, but on God's generosity.
Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive a church member. Really, Peter is asking if there are limits to forgiveness and mercy. Jesus illustrates the parable of the unforgiving servant: there are no limits to our forgiveness.
Jesus outlines a procedure for settling disputes within the church. He concludes with the teaching, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them." We look today at how Christ's presence is manifested in communities, both large and small, and in the sharing of Holy Communion.
Jesus foretells his death and the cross to his disciples. The news is unwelcome to them and He provides them with the perspective they need in the face of the unfortunate.
Peter is giving his name and his pronouncement from Jesus. For knowing He is the Son of Man, Peter is to become the foundation of the world wide and massive Christian church.
The Canaanites are enemies of the Israelites, but desperate, one of them comes pleading to Jesus for mercy. His reaction is at first all too human, but he finds compassion in their conversation.
Peter's faith allowed him to walk on water... for a moment. Pastor's Greg and Kristie show how this miracle and the sink or swim moment is relevant in our current time.
The pandemic and online only worship continues into another month of 2020. We gather this morning to celebrate the ongoing good works of our Good Shepherd Ministry Center and to hear from our new Pastori, Rev. Kristie Grimaud.
Three quick parables from Jesus about the nature and value of faith in this world.
From the smallest origins, the greatest faith can bloom. These two tiny parables have much to say about how we can lead our lives as Christians.