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Matthew 25:14-30


Parable of the Talents


November 19, 2017

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Year A


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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • [Hold up a bottle/jug of milk]  What am I holding? (milk!)
  • Do you ever drink milk? (yes)
  • Have you ever tasted milk that sat in the refrigerator for too long? (maybe…)
  • If so, do you remember what it tasted like? (sour; was not very good; smelled funny)
  • We usually call milk that has been in the refrigerator for too long or left in room temperature for too long as spoiled milk.
  • But, did you know that milk is not the only drink/food that spoils?
  • Lots of different types of food and drink spoil, which means you have to eat it before it spoils.   
  • Which makes me think of a fun phrase we could say about food that spoils, “Use it or lose it.”


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • Keep that “Use it or lose it” phrase in mind because we’re going to come back to it in a minute.
  • In today’s scripture story, Jesus tells a story (or a “parable”) about a boss who gives his workers lots and lots of gifts (in the story, these gifts are called talents)
  • One of the workers chooses to NOT use the talents that were given to him.
  • Instead, he buries his talents
  • And did you hear what happened after he buried his talents?
  • That’s right, he lost all of his talents after he buried them.
  • In other words, that one worker experienced the “losing” part of “Use it or lose it.” when it came to the talents and gifts he had been given.


SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • I think one of the reasons Jesus tells this story is to remind us to use the gifts and talents that God gives us so that we don’t lose them.
  • But I think Jesus is also tells this story to remind us of an even better reason than “Use it or lose it” regarding our gifts and talents.
  • That better reason is in the same story that Jesus told.
  • Because, in that parable Jesus told, there are two other workers who DID use the talents that the boss gave to them.
  • And did you hear what happened for those two people? When they used their talents, those talents kept GROWING and GROWING and GROWING!
  • In other words, when we use the talents that God gives us, they become even better gifts!
  • And, one of the things that Jesus teaches us is how to better know about and then use the gifts that God has given to us.
  • Then, when we use those gifts that God gave us, those gifts just keep on giving and giving and giving – to us and to others!
  • How amazing and cool is that!? And that is the good news for today. Let’s pray…


CLOSING Prayer

  • This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,

Dear God,


Thank you for Jesus…

Thank you for Jesus…


…who shows us how…

…who shows us how…


…to receive the gifts you offer us…

…to receive the gifts you offer us…


…and how to use those gifts…

…and how to use those gifts…


…for ourselves and those around us.

…for ourselves and those around us.


  Amen




Originally posted November 2, 2014

Updated on October 28, 2017
Written and edited by Nathanael Vissia



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