Coming This Sunday, July 1

July 1: If this were a drill, how quickly could you locate Lamentations in the Bible?  If this were an advanced round, could you quote a verse from one of the five poems?  In the three year cycle of suggested readings of scripture known as the Common Lectionary, this Sunday marks one of the rare appearances from Lamentations.  These poems tell the story of a grief that just keeps going, never lets up, and must be lived with daily.  No-end grief can result in bitterness if not met head on.

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Coming This Sunday, June 24

June 24: This Sunday we will wrap up a monthlong study of Jesus' parables about seeds. In Mark 4:26-29, we find a four-sentence gem of a parable in which the seed is undeniably the star. What is Jesus trying to teach us with this image of a sleeping farmer and a growing seed? Join us as we dig deep into the soil of God's Word.

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Coming This Sunday, June 17

June 17: A “weed” is a plant out of place. Take the morning glory. It is a good seed to use when teaching children to plant. It germinates and grows quickly and ends with a colorful flower. But place the morning glory in your vegetable garden and you have a menace. In the parable of the Tares among the Wheat, Jesus says some dramatic stuff. Good seed grows alongside of bad seed. In the story the sower instructs his hired hands “not” to pull up the undesired plants. Join me this Sunday as we explore this parable and its meaning.

Coming This Sunday, June 10

June 10: The Parable of the Mustard Seed is about beginnings, small ones.  In other parables Jesus underscores the certain victory of the kingdom of heaven despite obstacles, i.e. hard ground, rocky ground and thorny ground.  In the Mustard Seed Jesus shifts his focus to humble beginnings.  Imagine a seed falling in the crack of a wall.  The roots of the tree that follow from it can move concrete.  Join me Sunday as we explore the potential of a single see of God’s word falling into the human heart. -Pastor Steven

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Coming This Sunday, June 3

June 3, 2012: Jesus told parables.  These stories relied upon the capacity of his audience to know certain things.  In the Parable of the Seed and the Soils he assumed his audience would have known that seed were broadcast by hand and did best in tilled ground.  Then he moved them to what they could know under the impetus of his grace.  Join me Sunday as we reckon with the Word. -Pastor Steven

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