St. Paul Lutheran Church, Runge: A sower went out to sow
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 "That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: 'A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears let him hear.' Going on to verse 18: "Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."
Jesus taught the people in parables so that they would think about and truly understand what he was telling them and referring to planting a garden would be something the people would be familiar with as they produced their own food and everyone knew about gardening. In the parable Jesus is the sower and the seeds are the people. How well are the seeds doing? Does one allow the devil to wisk it away? Does that seed grow? Is it sowed in good soil? Does it study Scripture and is it watered by the Holy Spirit and soaked in God's Son? Does it bear fruit? And in the abundant harvest, does it share with others? One must be the soil they are called to be.
Prayer. “O God our defender, the storms of life rage all around me. Rescue me and all your people from despair, deliver us from fear, and keep us all on the solid ground of faith; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship and adult Bible study. July 21-25 from 9-11:30 a.m. all children ages 3-12 are invited to "Weird Animals" vacation Bible school. It will be awesome so please come and join the fun. Call 361-571-4810 or 239-4311 or 239-4910 to preregister or just come to the church Monday the 21st at 8:45 a.m. and get enrolled. It's free and you'll be taking a walk on the wild side with Jesus.