Friday, August 7, 2015

Notes for Deeply Rooted

Dear Friends,

The week before this sermon threw me for a few loops:  These are the notes from the August 2nd worship:  To read Matthew 13, parable of the sower, alongside Psalm 1 and Matthew 6 is the real blessing. 

Deeply Rooted                                          8/2/15

Psalm 1, Matthew 6:28-34

What is the most beautiful or meaningful thing that you have grown?

My experience with growing seeds inside during the winter has taught me a few lessons:
Under the lights, you do not want seeds to grow too quickly, or they are stringy and don’t develop roots.

Well watered with balanced sunlight, amazing growth happens

When a plant becomes all that it is supposed to be, it is marvelous to behold.

Abundance is there is you have the eyes to see it (my Father with Latin names of plants, plants teach me about life)

In every plant, there is an amazing abundance of life.  (even weeds, down by the river, dandelions)


Today is the conclusion of our summer series:  Praising the Lord with symbols:


How are  plants symbols:

          the curse upon Adam in the garden:

cursed is the ground because of Adam, through painful toil you will eat of it…It will produce thorns and thistles for you…by the sweat of your brow

(we can’t control the world)


The olive branch in the Ark Story…brought back to Noah by the Dove.   (there is life beyond the immediate floods before us)


Palms:  instruments of praise, prepared a walkway for the King


The lilies of the field:  God’s gift of life around us

Psalm 1:

Blessed:  not walking in wickedness, but delighting in the Law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.

She or he is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever she or he does prospers.


Great self-analysis in this verse.  Does this verse describe you?  Why or why not?


Matthew 6:

Last week:  worry cannot add to life.  Implied that it can take away.

Today:  God sowing the lilies of the field, more beautiful that what we clothe ourselves.

Seek first the kingdom of God.


Close the sermon with a reading of the Parable of the Sower:

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