Pastor Jim's Weekly Message
We are all called to be farmers or sowers for Christ - sowing his Good News to our communities and to our neighborhoods. The seed that we sow does not cost us much so we can feel free to sow it in all kinds of environments. We don't need to conserve our seed. We don't need to be picky on where to sow the seed. We are called to sow it to people we know will receive it and to those we think will reject it and to all those in between. It is important to realize that the crop that we sow is not one that will grow in one season but may take many planting seasons to grow. And it may take many plantings - repeated over and over- to finally take hold and begin to grow and flourish. And when we plant the seeds, we need to nourish them with water and fertilizer and with shade. The secret to our planting is that it is done always with LOVE.
Not sure what you want to do with your life or in your retirement? Become a farmer, plant the seeds of hope and love in your neighborhood and nourish these seeds as they grow.
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God Bless you and keep you in his loving care. Stay safe! Stay healthy! If we can do anything for you, please call the office.
This Week’s Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
In Matthew’s gospel, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.” Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear.
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears listen!”
18“Hear then the parable of the sower. 19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. 22As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."
This Week at St. Mark's
Saturday, July 11 - Recovery Dharma 7 PM
Sunday, July 12 - Lectionary 15 - Drive in & Live Stream Service 9 AM, Wedding Offsite 12 Noon, Confirmation Class Zoom Meeting 7 PM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM
Monday, July 13 - MESSENGER DEADLINE
Tuesday, July 14 - Prepare Food Pantry Meal 1 PM, Food Pantry 4:30 PM
Wednesday, July 15 - Live Stream & In Person Bible Study 11 AM, Wedding Counseling 5:30 PM, Outreach Meeting 6:30 PM, AA & Al-Anon 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 16 - BB&B Prepare Meal for Safe Berks 3 PM
Friday, July 17 - Wedding Rehearsal 4 PM
Saturday, July 18 - Strings of Praise Practice 10 AM, Offsite Wedding 4 PM, Recovery Dharma 7 PM
Sunday, July 19 - Lectionary 16 - Drive in & Live Stream Service 9 AM, MTB Orientation 1 PM, Confirmation Class Zoom Meeting 7 PM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM
OFFICE IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY’S