Planted in good soil
A postcard for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost 07/24/22
Where you’re planted matters.
After church on Sunday, a few of us were talking about The Book of Common Prayer and our liturgy (especially Holy Eucharist). We share how enriching it was to learn that what we do on Sunday connects us to Christians around the world and throughout the history of the Church. Our prayerbook includes prayers from the early church, and is pattern on the practice of worship of our Jewish siblings.
As we talked, I thought how wonderful it is to be planted in such good soil. As we grow in faith and learn more about our church, theology, and scripture, our roots can go deeper and draw in new nutrients. Our prayerbook connects us to traditions and challenges us to follow the Holy Spirit and her work in the world today. We can stretch and follow the Spirit bravely, precisely because we are planted in such good soil.
Dear Church—give thanks for the good soil.
A sermon for the Church of the Messiah in Heflin, Alabama, on the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, 07/24/22:
Principal text: Colossians 2:6-19
The often-overlooked “second lesson” of the Sunday liturgy is typically a reading from one of the New Testament Epistles. This summer we will take some time to learn more about these letters that shaped early Christian theology.
July 31 - St. Andrew’s, Birmingham — Colossians 3:1-11
August 7 - St. Barnabas, Roanoke — Hebrews 11:29-12:2
August 13 - Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage in Hayneville, AL
August 14 - Church of the Messiah, Heflin — Bishop’s Visitation
August 21 - St. Paul's, Greensboro — Hebrews 12:18-29