Friday March 19th – Confirmation Class — March 19, 2021
Thursday March 18th – Hilary Hund — March 18, 2021
Wednesday March 17th – Luke Hanson — March 17, 2021

Wednesday March 17th – Luke Hanson

Parable Translation

Matthew 20:1-16

Today’s Questions:

  • How do you think this parable reveals God’s vision of justice and equity?
  • How does that vision demand that we act in our community, congregation, and city?

Please answer the questions or add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Check back tomorrow for a Parable Translation video from another SPR friend.

Tuesday March 16th – Cynthia Peyton — March 16, 2021
Monday March 15th – Hans Weitzke — March 15, 2021
Week 4: Introduction — March 14, 2021

Week 4: Introduction

Parable Translation

Sunday March 14 + The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Welcome to the fourth Sunday in Lent! This week we will be diving into the spiritual practice called Parable Translation. Please watch the introduction video below to learn more about this exercise.

This Week’s Devotion From Lenten Years Past

In St. Paul-Reformation’s 1995 Lenten Devotional Book, Marilyn Heiple shared her reflections on John 3:14-21:

God made the supreme sacrifice by giving his Son for us. He did this because of his love for us. Love – such a simple word. It is easy to say that we love our family, friends, and those close to us, but to love those different from ourselves can be a real challenge. Love means making personal sacrifices when we don’t choose to. Love means reaching out to those in need. If we truly love our God, we must pray that He will guide us in loving others.

In the first letter of John, chapter 3, verses 11 and 12, it is written, “Dear friends, if this is how God loved us (sacrificing His Son) then we should love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us.”

Dear Lord, help us to be constantly grateful for your abiding love. Then we pray that your love will radiate through us in our thoughts and actions towards others. Amen.

Marilyn Heiple
“The Prodigal Son” by Lawrence OP is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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