Weekly Newsletter of the Seymour Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”
Worship Service 10:00AM
Some rambling thoughts about gardening
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The text this week the sower gets us thinking about weeds and seeds – what do you do with the weeds in your garden. When harvest time arrives what will you harvest?
I had a client who recently told me that he was moving to a clean and sober house. He said that it did not matter which one, he just needed to get away from his current environment and into a clean place. I suggested to him that it did matter, it matters a lot. I suggested that he be in a house where all the residences were committed to being clean and sober.
When considering the garden you choose to hang out in in matters a lot. It is not just about the good seed – it is also about the weeds. If you swim in a dirty pool you will mostly get sick. If you cannot change the water, change pools.
I have a friend who runs a clean and sober house for 38 people and they do a good job but not perfect as they would freely share. It is difficult to help people sort out their lives and find some stability and hope for the future. Especially when the environment is polluted.
WE can relate to the parable of the sower, because we throw a lot of seeds and not all find good soil.” Some find themselves near a dirty pool.
More than that what do we do after we toss out that good seed. What do we do to nurture it and protect it? Who is untimely responsible for the pool water. Or do just scatter it around and see what will develop.
The Spirit Calendar
A Weekly Devotional from the Connecticut Conference
United Church of Christ
This week’s author is the Rev. Kent J. Siladi, Conference Minister of the Connecticut Conference.
Isaiah 55:10-13 (The Message)
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.
So you’ll go out in joy,
you’ll be led into a whole and complete life.
The mountains and hills will lead the parade,
bursting with song.
All the trees of the forest will join the procession,
exuberant with applause.
No more thistles, but giant sequoias,
no more thorn bushes, but stately pines –
Monuments to me, to GOD,
living and lasting evidence of GOD.
Reflection: Closer to Earth
It is summer. Do you remember watching the snow falling outside your window and yearning for these lazy, hazy days? Do you remember thinking, “I can’t wait to plant my garden, go to the beach, play golf, take a hike, go on VACATION!”
Well it has arrived. We give thanks for the rhythm of the seasons and for the changes we see taking place here in the beautiful state of Connecticut.
Our youngest daughter Katrina is a gardener and an aspiring farmer. She works at the Edible Schoolyard program in New York City where she is the Head Garden Educator teaching urban children where their food comes from. She lives close to the earth and always has. She has taught me so much about caring for the earth and how interdependence is part and parcel of the fragile ecosystem that we are called to honor and protect.
The people of Isaiah’s day lived a lot closer to the land than most of us do in our time. This vision and image of the natural world joining together in praising God is a bit startling to those of us who are enamored by technology and machines and buildings.
I love the way this passage intertwines the relationship between humankind and the created order. Our responsibility as stewards of God’s Creation is clear and it is a high and holy calling. We don’t own the earth. The earth is God’s. We are part and parcel of a created order, and we are called to walk gently and to work for wholeness on behalf of the planet that we are a part of. In order to live the “whole and complete life” that Isaiah speaks of we must recognize our interdependence with the ecosystem that we inhabit and share with plants and animals, with oceans and birds, with sequoias and tomatoes.
Thank you God for this reminder that we are a part of the Earth and that as human creatures we are called to live in harmony with your Creation. As we enjoy this summer season open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us and remind us of our responsibility to be good stewards of your Amazing Creation. For all good gifts around us, we give you thanks and praise. Amen.
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THIS WEEK at Seymour Congregational Church
|Sunday, July 13||11:30am||Called to Care|
|Monday, July 14||4:00pm||Weight Watchers|
|Thursday, July 17||7:00||AA|
OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK
Reverend – Tues., Wed. & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Administrative Asst. – 9:30 – 1:30 Tues, Wed. & Thursday
The Food Bank is very low on the following items:
1 lb. boxes of spaghetti,Jello, pudding, spam, jam, jelly, canned fruit, instant potatoes, canned white potatoes.