Our flat in Walthamstow has quite a large garden, and in the past few months I have spent many an hour trying to get it in shape. It’s fascinating to see how bulbs that are planted ages suddenly produce little green sprouts and turn into beautiful flowers - without me doing anything. The soil provides plenty of nutrition, rain provides the water - and it seems the little bulb knows what to do all by itself. Which is great, because I certainly wouldn’t be able to tell it what to do.
And the tiny mustard seed turning into a tree? We don’t have a mustard tree in our garden. But we have enough brambles for the rest of the street. And they grow like crazy, I can tell you - creating a bushwork providing sanctuary for birds and foxes alike. There seems to be no keeping up with them.
So - like the people at Jesus’ time - these two parables speak to me - and let’s see if Daniel can explain them in a little more detail later - like Jesus explained them to his disciples.
Our Father, thanks to you we feel bolstered and positive knowing that, whatever is going on - both home and abroad - we can still gather to pray, worship and to support each other.
We are still in uncertain times. But we can be certain of the love you have for us and the love and trust we have in you. Let us grow together as a church and in faith,
Lord, we are yours.
We pause to offer prayers for those people and situations that are close to our hearts:
For the world......
For our country......
For our community......
For our church......
For our leaders......
For our family and friends......
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespassed against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
Forever and ever.
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