Purposeful Planting

June 17, 2018

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Proper 6, Year B
Ezekiel 17:22-24; Mark 4:26-34

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Gospel Text:

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.

 

Rooted in Faith

October 6, 2013

Christ Church Episcopal, Norcross, GA

Proper 22 – Year C RCL

Lamentations 1:1-6, 2 Timothy 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-10

When I began thinking about how to make today’s gospel lesson come to life in a tangible way, I thought I might have each person take a mustard seed as they entered the sanctuary this morning. Perhaps I’d put a bowl full of mustard seeds in the narthex so that each person could pick one up on the way in… or maybe the ushers would hand one little bitty mustard seed to each person, along with the service leaflet. Each little mustard seed taken would represent our Faith.

But the more I thought about it, the more I could hear the voices and thoughts of each of you as we reached this moment in the service. When I asked you to pull out your mustard seed and hold it in your hand… to show me your Faith… I kept hearing:

  • “I think it’s at the bottom of my purse… oh, there’s no way I can find it under all this”… or,
  • “I didn’t realize that was something we needed to hold on to”…
  • A few of you may have it neatly wrapped up in a handkerchief… and would prefer just to keep it tucked away for safe keeping…
  • While others would be turning to the person next to you, asking, “Have you seen mine? I could swear it was here a minute ago.”

Tricky thing that little mustard seed… and even more tricky, that thing we call Faith.

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