Parables of Jesus: 2007 Gather 'Round Summer Worship Series

17 pp
The parables of Jesus provide a wonderful theme for the summer months. In his introduction to the Summer 2007 sessions, Tom Yoder Neufeld writes, “Parables invite the hearer to make connections, to figure out the puzzle, to ‘catch on.’ Jesus was a master at telling stories with a twist and a hidden meaning. But…a parable requires hearers who are ready to understand and live into a deeper meaning. They are ready not to laugh but to look for God in unlikely places, to orient their lives in light of God’s kingdom, to follow Jesus.”

Use this guide to integrate summer worship with Gather ’Round themes. If worship time precedes education, these resources will provide the worship element to the theme and the education hour will give more time for connecting and responding to the story. If you have Sunday school first, invite classes to participate in worship leading by preparing contemporary skits to go with the parables, prayers, litanies, and special music. If your church doesn’t have summer Sunday school, use this guide to bring Gather ’Round themes to worship time.

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