Dear Friends in Christ –

On Sunday, we read the Parable of the Sower. It is a familiar parable, but often times we get worried and distracted about what kind of soil we are. As we take a closer look at the parable and it’s explanation from Jesus, it seems to me that He intended it to be good news for the community of faith. Regardless of very real threats—Satan, trials and tribulations, and the worries and pleasures of this world—Jesus promises that his Word will produce a harvest. As I read in a commentary and mentioned on Sunday, “Your farmer knows his business and know what he is doing among you.”
I began to think about that incredible promise. Instead of surveying the problems all around, I chose to look at the harvest in our midst:
30 people taking Bethel Series; 14 committed confirmation students with 6 catechists guiding them in their study of Scripture; a fantastic crew of folks leading our Faith Formation; an energized church council making important administrative decisions; faithful people showing up for the services of God’s house Sundays and Wednesdays and willingly stepping into Sunday Servant roles. Indeed, the parable holds true:
The harvest is taking shape in our midst.

With a heart full of gratefulness,

Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship on Sunday
(January 26), you are invited to read:
Mark 5:1-20

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