This Sunday morning’s Gospel reading is one of a clutch of parables found late in Matthew’s Gospel and often referred to as the “Parable of the Talents” (Matthew 25: 15 – 30). The gist of the parable, at least as far as the first two slaves go, is that faithfulness, preparedness and the willingness to take risks for the sake of God’s Kingdom  are rewarded. The reward is two-fold – more responsibility (greater trust) and the joy of the master’s presence.

The actions of the third slave seem entirely reasonable – prudence and wariness about his stewardship of the talent entrusted to him. In the parable this aversion to risk leads to fearfulness, timidity and stultification. It is not the stuff of the Kingdom of God, where Jesus invites his followers to risk all in following him.

On Sunday night we welcome the Reverend Andrea McDougall, newly installed parish priest of Clarence Gardens, as our preacher.

If you’ve not already got it in your diary, do ensure the Advent Carol Service on Wednesday 29th November, 7.00pm is firmly there.

Welcome to all who come to hear the parables of Jesus today, to worship together and offer each other mutual encouragement.

The Very Rev’d Frank Nelson