|Peter Bradley - Lent 2010
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|An introduction to our Lent gatherings
‘Everything comes in parables’
|This year The Dean of Sheffield, Peter Bradley, will lead you on a tour
through the parables of Jesus as together we enter their world, enjoy their
stories and word puzzles, and find in them games that all of us can play.
We will be studying some of the latest scholarship on the parables, and
discussing the new challenges this opens up to us in the Scriptures.
Wednesday 24th February 6.30 pm - Fellowship Meeting & Introduction
|The Parable of the Mustard Seed:
And Jesus said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with
what comparison shall we compare it?
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is
less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs,
and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge
under the shadow of it. Mark 4:30–2
30 Jesus replied, 'A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and
fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went
away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going
down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed
by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while travelling came near him;
and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and
bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he
put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of
him. 35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the
innkeeper, and said, "Take care of him; and when I come back, I will
repay you whatever more you spend." 36Which of these three, do you
think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the
robbers?' 37 He said, 'The one who showed him mercy.' Jesus said to
him, 'Go and do likewise.'
49 'For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost
its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at
peace with one another.'
Wednesday 3rd March 7.30 pm - Tasting the Flavour
Gospel of Thomas 65-66
He [= Jesus] said, "There was a good man who owned a vineyard. He leased it to tenant
farmers so that they might work it and he might collect the produce from them. He sent his
servant so that the tenants might give him the produce of the vineyard. They seized his
servant and beat him, all but killing him. The servant went back and told his master. The
master said, 'Perhaps he did not recognize them.' He sent another servant. The tenants beat
this one as well. Then the owner sent his son and said, 'Perhaps they will show respect to
my son.' Because the tenants knew that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they
seized him and killed him. Let him who has ears hear."
Jesus said: "Show me the stone that the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone."
9 Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they
were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 ‘Two men went
up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. 11
The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, "God, I thank you
that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like
this tax-collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income."
13 But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to
heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, "God, be merciful to me,
a sinner!" 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather
than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who
humble themselves will be exalted.’
44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a
man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that
he has and buys that field."
Wednesday 10th March 7.30 pm - Spoken and Heard
Luke 12.16-21 The Rich Fool
16 Then he told them a parable: 'The land of a rich man produced abundantly. " 17 And he
thought to himself, "What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?" 18 Then he
said, "I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store
all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid
up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry." 20 But God said to him, "You fool! This very
night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will
they be?" 21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich
Wednesday 17th March 7.30 pm
Making your mind up, or The Kingdom of Heaven is like Ireland....
Luke 14.16-24 The Great Banquet
16 Then Jesus said to him, 'Someone gave a great dinner and invited
many. 17 At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who
had been invited, "Come; for everything is ready now." 18 But they all
alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, "I have bought a
piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my apologies."
19 Another said, "I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try
them out; please accept my apologies." 20 Another said, "I have just been
married, and therefore I cannot come.” 21 So the slave returned and
reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry
and said to his slave, "Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the
town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame." 22
And the slave said, "Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is
still room." 23 Then the master said to the slave, "Go out into the roads
and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be
filled. 24 For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my
Luke 16.1-9 The Dishonest Steward
1 'Then Jesus said to the disciples, 'There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges
were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2 So he summoned him
and said to him, "What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your
management, because you cannot be my manager any longer." 3 Then the manager said to
himself, "What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am
not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do so that,
when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes." 5 So,
summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, "How much do you owe
my master?, 6 He answered, "A hundred jugs of olive oil." He said to him, "Take your bill,
sit down quickly, and make it fifty." 7 Then he asked another, "And how much do you
owe?" He replied, "A hundred containers of wheat." He said to him, "Take your bill and
make it eighty." 8 And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted
shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation
than are the children of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of
dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
|The Prodigal Son
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Wednesday 24th March 7.30 pm
A Family Divided: exile, repentance, reconciliation
Luke 15.11-32 The Parable of the Silly Son / Bovvered Brother/
Disappointed Dad (The Prodigal Son)
11 Then Jesus said, 'There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger
of them said to his father, "Father, give me the share of the property
that will belong to me." So he divided his property between them. 13 A
few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a
distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute
living. 14 When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place
throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and
hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to
his fields to feed the pigs. 16 He would gladly have filled himself with the
pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17 But
when he came to himself he said, "How many of my father's hired
hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger!
18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have
sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be
called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.' , 20 So he set off
and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him
and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him
and kissed him.
21 Then the son said to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no
longer worthy to be called your son." 22 But the father said to his slaves, "Quickly, bring out
a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23
And get the fatted calf and kill it, and; let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was
dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found!" And they began to celebrate.
25 'Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he
heard music and dancing. 26 He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27 He
replied, "Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has
got him back safe and sound." 28 Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father
came out and began to plead with him. 29 But he answered his father, "Listen! For all these
years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command;
yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends.
30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes,
you killed the fatted calf for him!" 31 Then the father said to him, "Son, you are always with
me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother
of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found."