Gospel Reading for this coming Sunday, June 17

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Mark 4:26-34

What an appropriate Gospel for this time of year in New Jersey. The garden is lush and green, with splashes of color in peonies and all sorts of other beautiful things. The seed is scattered, it sprouts and grows, and we reap the benefits of that growth in food or in beauty or both. The tiniest of seeds brings forth plants, bushes, even trees, which satisfy and delight.

It is the same with us, both in our physical and spiritual lives. The seeds that are sown in us of faith and knowledge of the Lord, when nurtured, grow beyond our imagining into fruits beyond our understanding. We teach our children, and continue to deepen our own learning and spiritual growth as adults, all members of the Body of Christ, the Church.

Several of our young people have recently graduated, or are about to do so, from various schools nearby and far away. The seeds have been planted in them throughout these past educational experiences. How they grow, and what will become of those seeds is yet to be seen – but the growth will continue in these young people and in all whose lives they touch.

Our summer schedule for worship begins this coming Sunday: one service of holy Eucharist at 9:00 am, with hymns. Plan to join in the songs and prayers, and share the Word and the bread

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and wine in this beautiful place. Come and be refreshed, renewed and rededicated to love and service.

 

Let us pray:

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Peace and blessing,

Carol+