June 2013

Post date: May 30, 2013 7:44:52 PM

Ah, June is here and summer is arriving. I think we all enjoy the warmer weather, the long days and seeing flowers in bloom. I look forward to hiking in the mountains. Baseball players (and parents) are glad to not have to wear 3 layers of clothing to the games anymore. Children are looking forward to summer vacation. Gardeners are busy growing beautiful flowers and delicious veggies.

In my own yard I’m always tempted to take more credit than I should for the plants that are growing there. Sure, I water and fertilize and pull a few weeds, but I can’t “make” anything grow. Only God the Almighty Creator can truly cause something to grow. “Then God said, ‘Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.’ And it was so.” Genesis 1:11

In the church year the month of June starts the long season of “Sundays after Pentecost.” Green for growth is the color on the altar and we stay green, for the most part, clear through November. The green color reminds us to keep growing in our faith relationship with God. (Please don’t take a 3 month vacation from prayer, worship, God’s Word and the Lord’s Supper—that won’t help you grow.) The green color reminds us that God is the one who gives the growth.

The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:6-9, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.”

Certainly God does call each of us to help plant the seeds of faith in other people by telling them about Jesus. Certainly God does call each of us to water and nurture faith in others by inviting them to worship or Bible study or Vacation Bible School or youth events or any number of things. Certainly God does call each of us to pray for one another and to reach out to our neighbors in need through loving deeds. But we can’t make faith grow in another person. We have to let the Holy Spirit work and trust that God will give the growth.

Sunday School takes a break during the summer, but Sunday worship continues at 10 am. If you are away from home on a number of summer weekends, another worship service takes place every Wed. morning at 7:00. This is a half- hour informal service of songs, prayers, Bible readings, a brief message and the Lord’s Supper. It’s followed by coffee, of course. Another opportunity for spiritual feeding takes place Thursday mornings at 9:00. A faithful group of folks meet in the fellowship hall to pray and study the Sunday scripture readings. Everyone is welcome.

Let me encourage you to stay “green” this summer by allowing God to grow faith, hope and love in you through prayer, worship, Bible study, Christian community and deeds of charitable kindness. And let God work through you to water and nurture seeds of faith in other people.

Serving Jesus with you,

Pastor Dennis