Worship service – February 12, 2023 – “The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector”

We often use simple stories to help children understand why they should have empathy for others, tell the truth, and not brag.  Recall “The Tortoise and The Hare,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “Chanticleer and the Fox” – you may want to look them up!  Today, Pastor Linda shares a parable (or story) that Jesus told about two people who were praying, one with boasting and the other with humility.  Can you guess who Jesus wants us to emulate, and why?

Our services are being held with in-person attendance at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Today’s service is provided below in its entirety in video format.  Note that closed captioning is available when “CC” appears in white at the bottom of the video panel. Click the CC to see the text; as it is done with an automated service, there may be errors in transcription.

Our Scripture Reading is Luke 18:9-14 (NRSVUE). Today’s parable by Jesus was a thinly-veiled conviction of some synagogue leaders who were against him. He designed it to highlight those who were self-righteous, despised others as not being as worthy as they were, and felt God owed them anything they demanded. In contrast, the tax collector, who had very low social status, was fully repentant of his sins. By exaggerating the difference between these two characters, Jesus emphasized the humility that was needed to enter the Kingdom of God.

Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook
Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook

The message today from Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook is “The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.”


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