Sunday July 23, 2017

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

10:00 AM Worship Service 

Scatter Enough

    The parable describes a sower who is ridiculously generous with the amount of seed he scatters, throwing it not only on the good soil but on soil that even non-farmers can recognize weren’t good bets: thorny soil, dry soil, and even a beaten path. Which makes this sower not simply generous but wasteful. Seed was not cheap in the ancient world, and everyone who listened to Jesus’ parable would have recognized the sheer wastefulness, recklessness, even stupidity, of such an approach to farming. You get the feeling this [sower] God would probably scatter seed-love-mercy-grace on a parking lot!
    Why, because there is enough! And, ultimately, because God believes we are enough. Enough to deserve love, dignity and respect? Absolutely.
    Because God loves us, God wants us to stand against the fear and scarcity that drive prejudice, racism, greed, and violence. Precisely because God loves us, God wants to strive for the equality and dignity of all people. Precisely because God loves us, God wants us to share what we have generously so all will have enough food and shelter. Precisely because God loves us, that is, God wants us to grow into the people God knows we can be.
    - David Lose

July 23, 2017 First reading
& Psalm

Second reading Gospel
The Pledge:

While interacting with members of my own faith,
or ethnic, or gender community, or with others,
if I hear hateful comments from anyone
about members of any other community,
I pledge to stand up for the other
and speak up to challenge bigotry in any form.

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