Considering our treasures

This Sunday, I will be preaching on Jesus’ parable about the tenants of the vineyard in Matthew 21:33-46.  Its parables like this one that make me like the “easier” ones like The Lost Sheep or the Prodigal Son.  In this story, we have tenants who take over a newly-created vineyard, servants who are beaten, stoned, and killed, a son who is murdered, and then really strong words from Jesus towards the religious leaders of the day.  Not an easy combination of things in this story.

What stands out to me initially in the story is the vineyard itself.  The vineyard must have been a beautiful place given to these tenants.  It had a fence to protect it, strong vines growing throughout, a watchtower to oversee everything, and a wine press to make, of course, wine.  It must have been a wonderful new vineyard to tend.  From there story moves to the ultimate question of what the tenants did with this vineyard – how did they treat it, manage it, share it.

It got me thinking about treasures that we have been given.  What are the treasures of our lives?  Mementos from your family, pictures drawn by children, something from childhood, a newspaper clipping, a photograph, something else?

We will spend some time on Sunday thinking about those treasures in our lives, but also focusing on the ultimate treasure that God has entrusted to us as God’s people.  Feel free to bring one of your treasures along with you to worship on Sunday as we spend some time with this passage on World Communion Sunday.

I look forward to being with you all in a few days!

Grace & Peace,


Categories: Sermons, Worship

1 comment

  1. Ed,

    First, welcome to PCW! This is going to be an exciting journey for you, your family, and for our congregation. I think that you will find that the PCW is alive and vital but ready for leadership to help us move forward. In the context of Mt 21, this vineyard is ready for harvest and new growth.

    Your blog teases us to bring treasures with us on Sunday. You can test the sincerity of the list if it includes Bengals tickets. Among the many assets of the Cincinnati area, our professional sports teams have not been highlights recently. However, there are lots of interesting things to do and see in this area and many of us eager to help your family discover them.

    Yours in Christ,

    Mike Kremzar

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