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Stories are Important

Hello Gloria Dei,

When I was young, I loved hearing bedtime stories. I’ll bet you did too. When we became parents, Lorrie and I did the same for our two kids. You all have had the same experience. Why is the telling of stories so great? Because to hear stories about our families, or to hear fairy tales of good winning over evil, or to hear Bible stories like the Prodigal Son or the Good Samaritan helps to give us our identity. Through the telling of stories, deep and lasting truth is communicated.

Yet it isn’t just children who love to hear stories. We adults do too. I thoroughly enjoy reading a good novel on an airplane. I majored in English in college and learned so much about myself and the world in which we live by reading and writing about stories. Learning historical stories about our city, our state, our country, and the world, is fascinating. And hearing stories about family members from our past never gets old.

Yes, stories are important. Jesus knew that truth maybe better than anyone else. That’s why his teaching largely consisted of telling stories.

During these next four weeks in worship, we will be hearing stories from “The Greatest Storyteller Ever”, Jesus himself.

First of all, I encourage you to take time over these next weeks to think about your own life story. Where did you come from? Where did your parents come from? Who has been important in your life? What circumstances, both good and challenging, have shaped your life? What is important to you? Who is important to you? What schools did you go to? Who were your favorite teachers? What do you enjoy doing? Yes, ponder your story.

And then secondly, as you read ahead and as you hear the stories of Jesus read and preached in worship, ask yourself: “How is God’s story intersecting with my story?” “How are Jesus’ stories reflective of who I am as a person?” “How does the love of God shape and give me my identity?” “What is God calling me to?” “How is God calling me to be in this world?”

I pray you will both enjoy and find deep meaning in the stories of Jesus. And don’t ever stop reading the Bible. It is the great story of God’s action on our behalf to bring about salvation and life through Jesus, the Christ.

As you prepare for worship this weekend, please read Luke 14:7-11.

See you in worship,

Pastor Tim

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