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                                                   The Barren Fig Tree
                                                   The Barren Fig Tree

                                         Sunday, March 24 at 8:00am and 10:30am

This week’s gospel lesson features victims of violence, victims of catastrophe, and a barren fig tree. What does one have to do with the other? Jesus uses these illustrations to address some of the most persistent questions that we have. Questions like: does God cause suffering? Is suffering connected to our behavior? Is suffering, calamity and loss a form of punishment? Is suffering connected to sin? How?

When we look at the parable of the fig tree, what can we learn about God’s role in the suffering? Is God the landowner who orders the barren fig tree cut down? Or is God the gardener who pleads for another year to continue working with and nurturing the fig tree.

Most importantly of all, how can our Lenten spiritual practices of fasting, giving, and prayer help sustain us in the midst of suffering, loss, and calamity? 

Join us Wednesday evening and Sunday morning as we reflect on these questions. 

Pastor Ritva

Who is St Stephen's Lutheran Church

We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located in  the Southeastern Iowa Synod

At St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, we recognize the need to proclaim openly that the gospel is God’s gift to all people to be shared unconditionally. 

As a community aspiring to a be a spiritual home for all God’s people, we welcome all persons, without exception, without regard for age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, financial or family status, physical or mental abilities, or any other human distinction used to discriminate and exclude. 

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) is a Reconciling in Christ congregation that welcomes diversity, which enriches, nurtures and challenges our life and ministry. Come and join us as we know, live, and share Christ together in love. 

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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, ELCA

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