Sermon: Sloppy Sowing

“Sloppy Sowing”

(July 10, 2011) In this familiar parable, we sometimes feel like the soil of various types– hard-packed or weed-choked, or shallow or fruitful, and sometimes feel like the sower, sharing the Word of hope wherever we go, and just praying that it will take root. Even though we know how hard it can be for the Word to take root in us, are we able to let go of our desire to control the “soil” and trust the outcomes to God? (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23)

In worship, I paired the Gospel reading with a litany by Bonnie Jones-Witthun called “Litany of the Sower,” Flames of the Spirit: Resources for Worship, Ruth C, Duck, ed., Cleveland, The Pilgrim Press, 1985, p. 87.

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