We met this morning in worship to consider the theme “Plant Wisely”.  We watched a youtube video illustration of “The Parable of the Sower” from Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.  “An Animated Parable of the Four Soils

Then, Bob Brennan shared a focus moment based on the scripture that led to the congregation repotting flowers to give practical application to the scripture and theme.

Together we replanted seedlings into a pots. 

Bob inquired: What do we know about plants? What do they need to survive?

They need water, soil, sunlight, and space for their roots to grow. We need to replant these seedlings into a bigger pot; they have been growing well in this smaller one, but they need more room for them to grow.

What do we need to make sure we do for each seedling to be healthy in its new pot?

We put some soil in the pot, then our plant (you may need to dig a little hole depending on how much soil was put in), and then we pack in the soil. This will give it support and nutrients. Plants mostly make their own food, so we don’t need to worry about feeding them like we might need to a pet. However, they still need very specific things so they can create this food for themselves.

What might that be?

Yes, sunlight and water. So we will give these plants a little water and pop them in a sunny spot (depending on the type of plant it might not need to be too sunny).

Bob also let us know that ‘it is much harder to grow something from a little seed. But they require the exact same things. Jesus told a story about a farmer who was sowing seed. The farmer just walked along throwing out handfuls of seeds; some fell on the path and were quickly eaten by birds, others landed among thorny weeds and were choked by the weeds, others landed in shallow soil, grew very quickly but didn’t have enough water and space for their roots, and finally some seeds landed on good soil.

What do you think the good soils had that helped the seeds to grow?

The seeds need space, nutrients, water, sunlight, etc. We to need to plant wisely to ensure our seeds grow well.

Anjala Dick brought a beautiful ministry of music by singing “The Rose”.

Take some time this week to read the scripture and reflect on the following questions, which the congregation considered:

• In what ways has God “planted wisely” in your life?

• How had you “planted wisely” in the lives of others?

• How have you been “blessed to be a blessing?”

Our Lord and Our God – As we gathered this morning, we were reminded through words, songs, smiles and hugs of the blessings of community.  We are truly thankful for the opportunity to share together.  We are thankful for all of the seeds that others have planted wisely for us and the fruit being borne because of that planting.  Help us each to recognize the seeds that You have placed within us that are waiting to be shared with others.  Seeds of Your love and of Your grace.  Seeds of talents, seeds of time to be sown for the benefit of those around us.  Help us to be open to Your Spirit leading us to cultivate our soil and to plant wisely.  May we be generous in sowing seeds for You.  Give us courage to step outside of our comfort zone to share.  In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.

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Valerie Brennan
Pastor Community of Christ • Indianapolis

Val is the Lead pastor at Community of Christ Indianapolis.  She holds the priesthood office of High Priest. When she isn’t here, she is a principal at Somerset and provides wealth management services.

The High Priests represent Christ primarily as ministers especially through the proclamation and promotion of of ministry through the congregation, mission center, and communities.  They lead the sacramental ministries, promote community, promote justice and peace; all while creating nurturing partnerships.

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Bob Brennan
Priest Community of Christ • Indianapolis» Contributor
Bob is a member of the Community of Christ Congregation of Indianapolis.  He holds the office of Priest.  Most Sundays, Bob can be found working the AV equiptment for our services and takes part in the Community Outreach and Communication group.
Bob is a social studies teacher and coach at a local high school.  Before teaching, though, Bob worked in management for ALCOA and Pepsi Cola company.  Bob graduated from Wabash College with a BA, and from IUPUI with a masters in counseling.
Bob’s hobbies include being really bad at golf, gardening, and gaming with his two daughters.
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