In our study for this week’s worship, we find Jesus teaching about two ideas that appear at first blush to be unrelated. In the first story, Jesus is critical of religion scholars, who seek praise for their apparent righteousness, but their actions are quite sinful, exploiting the weak and helpless. I like to call them peacocks.
In the second story, Jesus notes a poor widow, who gives two insignificant coins to the offering box, while many rich folk give large contributions. Jesus teaches his disciples, "The widow gave more, for she gave from what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.”
I think these stories are related. There is an important reason that they are told back to back, and I think they have to do with trust, grace, and how the systems of our cultures are usually built on something other than these core values of the church. What are we called to do as followers of Jesus in our lives? How shall we live? If you are looking for something new, if you find that something is missing in your life, come join us to learn more about our core values, to learn what following Christ might look like in your life. Parkside is a place where you belong, and we would love to welcome you on this journey of trust and grace!