In the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9), Jesus speaks and ends the passage with enthusiasm, conviction, and command. (This is not surprising!) Long ago, sitting by the sea, our Lord is clear that anyone with ears should listen to what he, God in Christ, is trying to tell and teach them. He taught increasingly more through what is called parables (simple, earthly stories with heavenly meanings) to illustrate profound, divine truths. He knew that the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven were difficult to understand – and embrace.
So, parables were and are offered to make things plain, demystify, and remind followers of Jesus that the kingdom of heaven actually is now. The one who hears the Word of the kingdom is not merely expected to listen. She or he is expected to respond in a way that will remind individuals of who they are as followers of Jesus.
Life at St. Peter’s is structured to assist individuals with the sowing of their time, talent, treasure, and money to the glory of God. All that we are and offer is in keeping with the Baptismal Covenant and serves as the intentional way by which we sow seeds. Our year-round commitments to worship, formation (education), fellowship, servant ministry, music, and community engagement will bear fruit and yield “in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
It is uncommonly wonderful that we are offering a variety of summertime programs and special events in addition to our weekly obligations to worship God at celebrations of the Holy Eucharist. May our prayers and presence deepen relationships with God and one another – and bless us beyond measure. Like the eternal love that God has for us, our sowing never ends.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector