Lent 2017 – Key of Life:
unlocking the stories of Jesus for us today
Jesus tells parables to open us to the values leading to a more compelling life.
The gospel cannot be contained in a room, domesticated or controlled.
The parables open to a mysterious, wild world beyond.
Can we unlock the door to a wider understanding?
Can we be open to a new word about a familiar text?
Using the work of Jewish scholar Amy-Jill Levine, Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi, we'll consider how the parables challenge us to open the door and look into hidden aspects of our own values, our own lives. We'll explore how Jesus requires us to do more than listen; he is asking us to think as well.
“Jesus told parables because they serve as keys that can unlock the mysteries we face by helping us ask the right questions: how to live in community; how to determine what ultimately matters; how to live the life that God wants us to live.”
Some doors about racism for you to open with your Key of Life:
Mar. 1 - 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday joint service with Lutheran, UCC, and Episcopal congregations at St. Mark's, 1 Porter Rd.
Mar. 5 - keys to the kin-dom
Mar. 12 - key of outrage
Mar. 19 - key of remembering
Mar. 26 - key of economy, including a witness from Standing Rock
Apr. 2 - key to stepping out with refugee witness
Apr. 9 - Palm Sunday with drama “To Tell the Truth”
Apr. 13 - Maundy Thursday/Tennebrea Service of the Shadows 7:00
Apr. 15 - joint lighting of the new fire at the rotary:
Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant congregations come together on the Easter vigil to light the fire of resurrection with runners taking the light to each congregation 6:00ish p.m. (Exact time TBA)
Apr. 16 - Easter celebration with guest musicians