Soil & the Sower

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 NRSV

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. 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.’

Reflection

Good farmers and gardeners have known the importance of Soil. As a gardener myself I am spending more time understanding, preparing, building up and caring for the soil. Good soil is balanced, full of nutrients and organic matter. So that it can offer food for plants to grow.
What kind of Soil are you in?
What kind of Soil are you?
Just as farmers and gardeners build up and enrich the soil, you can build up and enrich yourself to be good or better soil. What do we do to be good soil? We need to find balance. To spend time in prayer, Read the bible, Take opportunities to study the scriptures. Share with others, as it is through giving that we receive. Being or being in good soil is evidenced in a combination of hearing plus doing, understanding and producing good, ethical, just, actions.

What do you need for your faith to grow?

Prayers of the people

God of each, God of all:
we pray for our families,
those with whom we are drawn together
by birth or by marriage or by adoption.
May they receive care and love
from you and from us as well.

We pray for our friends and neighbours,
those with whom we are drawn together
by common places of work or learning,
by common aspirations and values.
Strengthen the ties between us,
and may we find in these relationships the freedom
and companionship and community
that nurture us and the world around us.

We pray for our fellow citizens,
those with whom we are drawn together
by birthplace and nation,
by regional ties and societal traditions.
Fashion these bonds so to insure
the relationships and ideals we claim
are paid more than lip-service,
so that who we are and have been
never closes us to who we may yet become.

We pray for those who are part of this community
and in the whole Christian Church,
those with whom we are drawn together
by a common faith and uncommon grace.
May we thrive in ministry,
may we expand in mission,
may we deepen in spirituality,
and may we grow closer to one another and you.

We pray for those who are fashioned in your image,
with whom we are drawn together in one family.
Free us to recognize the stranger as no stranger,
but sister and brother;
and to see the joy and need of any
as the cause for our rejoicing and compassion.
Amen

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