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Friday, July 10 2020

Micah said, “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

In today’s Gospel story, the farmer spreads seeds. “Some seeds fell on the path, some fell on rocky ground, and some seeds fell among thorns. Many seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!” It’s not at all surprising that most of the seed didn’t grow. What’s surprising is that the farmer chose to spread the seed over areas that would have a low probability of success. Why would God throw seed on a path, rocky ground, or among the thorns? God loves every one of us. God loves those who are struggling and those who have messed up. God loves orphans, widows, and the poor. God loves the blind and the deaf. Good soil can be found anywhere hearts have deep faith. God sent his only Son to bring the broken to wholeness.

In his book, “The Road to Donaguile” Herbert O’Driscoll speaks of the memories of his childhood as the passing of an age. Ireland and the world were once in a place called Christendom, when the church was the primary force in many people’s lives. Father O’Driscoll reminisces, “I think too that I was touched by what I could not then name, and even now can only grope to call mystery and transcendence…The church that I watched passing by at that time glorious and confident, even imperial in its capacity to discipline and rule... But in spite of whatever faults are now ascribed to it in a very different age, it challenged the so called real world to halt its restless activities and dare to believe in a world even more real.”

We are both led and filled with the peace that “passeth all understanding” by the mystery and transcendence of God. As churches are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, one thing always remains constant; God always loves us and yearns for our love in return. This hessed or steadfast love is the two way bond that we share with both God and our neighbor. Giving thanks to God for all that we have been blessed with keeps us grounded.

As the church has increasingly become less relevant in people’s lives, I hope you realize that it is your faith that makes St. John’s such a special place. Our ministry remains healthy because we remain faithful to spreading God’s love. I give thanks every day to be blessed to serve at St. John’s and always strive to make your worship experience more meaningful. Our Daily Morning Prayer, Sunday Morning Prayer, Sunday Holy Eucharist, EFM, Sacred Ground, bible study, Hilda’s Group and Spirituality Group have continued to faithfully gather on zoom. This week the task force met and recommended starting outdoor services in the Garden of Blessings on July 19th at 8AM. The altar guild is setting up the flowers and filling the candles at St. John’s. We will begin outdoor services very shortly in the Garden of Blessings and we will try to add a 5PM outdoor service on Sundays. We will continue to do Morning Prayer at 8AM and Holy Eucharist at 10AM on Zoom and Facebook Live. The Thrift shop is busy preparing to have an outdoor yard sale on July 11 from 10-3 (weather permitting). Slowly and safely, we are coming back to church at St. John’s.

In Christ’s love,

Fr. Duncan

Posted by: Rev. Duncan A. Burns AT 08:48 am   |  Permalink   |  Email