July 30, 2017
July 30, 2017 | In our reading this week from the gospel of Matthew, Jesus takes the time to describe six parables. They are a series of snapshots taken from different perspectives. Each gives a little glimpse that adds to our understanding of God’s kingdom. They provide a new way to consider of seeing and doing things. Seeing heaven in a different way.
For most people I think I would be safe to suggest that it can be described as some far off place.
You might see it in your imagination as a favourite place that brings you peace and comfort. Like a beautiful white sandy beach with the water gently lapping on the shore.
And so this week Jesus uses a mustard seed, leaven, a buried treasure, a beautiful pearl and a net full of fish. The kingdom of heaven is like these, Jesus says. It is not so much something you can figure out or go out and find and you certainly don’t shop for it at a store or order it at amazon.ca.
July 24, 2017
July 23, 2017 | Weeds in the garden, it is a natural occurrence. We know that from our own gardens, right? Or if you have had the privilege of spending time on a farm, weeds grow. They do naturally but not in the parable we will hear this Sunday. Someone has deliberately planted weeds in their neighbours farm. It’s sabotage. Doesn't that sound outrageous to you? Can you imagine someone in your community going around to the surrounding farmers fields or community gardens planting weeds. That would be very poor form.
To make things even trickier is the type of weed that was scattered by this evil doer. It looked exactly like the wheat that had been planted by the farmer in the early growing stages. In other words, you didn’t know you had weeds in the garden until it was almost too late. When the farmer is notified though he tells his servants to just leave them where they are until the time of harvest.
July 17, 2017
July 16, 2017 | This Sunday at Heritage we meet a different kind of caregiver of the land, a rather peculiar one. I say this because usually when we hear about the work of a farmer they know about the soil. Certainly being out here in this farming community, there are many who have worked the land in your families for generations. You know good soil from bad soil and what you need to do to keep it that way.
Well, the sower from our reading in Matthew’s Gospel does not seem to follow along with the practices that farmers would follow. I am sure it would come across as wasteful and even foolish to those who first heard this. For we are told that quite apart from the best agricultural practices, this sower throws seeds on a well-worn path where birds can eat them, on rocky ground where it is unlikely that they will grow, and among thorns that will choke them.
I don’t know about you but I think it seems pretty obvious that this sower is anything but a good businessperson. He seems quite happy to just toss seeds everywhere and anywhere. Why does he do this?
July 9, 2017
July 9, 2017 | Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Rest is an essential thing in our lives. Too often, we run through life dashing to the next place to make the most out of the day. Jesus began his ministry by carrying the strain of many duties. As Jesus undertook his ministry, he continually focused on God’s purpose without getting sidetracked by what other people wanted or expected him to do. To take care of ourselves that is and not get so caught up in getting absolutely everything checked off our to do list before calling it a night.
July 2, 2017
July 2, 2017 | This weekend we celebrated the 150th Birthday of Canada and worshiped together sharing a selection of Canadian hymns. These hymns were old time favourites of years gone by and ones that have become available in more recent years.
What comes to mind for you when you think of church hymns? Are there particular ones that bring back memories of childhood days and participating in Sunday School? Or are those that remind you of a special time in your life? Our hope is that as we celebrate and reflect on what it means to be Canadian we can do so by reflecting on the beautiful music by a variety of Canadian artists.