July 26 – Just a Grain

This spring I have been pulling a woody weed from my yard. It seems to pop out of the ground bearing seeds ready to spread its next generation. Within in a week it grows taller than the grass around it helping its seeds spread far and wide, interrupting our otherwise neat and green lawn.

Weed from lawn

In Jesus’ time a mustard plant would have been considered a weed that if not pulled it would quickly grow and shed it seeds that would hide in the ground or perhaps in a bag of good seed until bursting forth.

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;

Matthew 13:31b

Such is the Kingdom of Heaven, interrupting our neat orderly lives and spreading like a weed throwing seeds where we least expect.

I will have more to say about Matthew 13:31-33 and 44-52 here by 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 26th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

What do you worry about? What do your children fret?

Can any of these separate you or your children from the love of God?

In difficult times, when worries and troubles seem like a great army closing in on me, I read the following verse. Then I remember that as long as God loves me, nothing else matters.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

Worship

By 8 AM Sunday, May 10th, a video of this worship service will be embedded here. After that time, you will also be able to view worship on a smart-TV through YouTube by searching for Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.

The Offering

As disciples of Jesus Christ we give so that we may dedicate the whole of our lives by sharing a portion of what we earn with others.

Although COVID-19 has forced us to curtail all in person groups, meetings, classes, …, even office hours. Yet we continue other ministries. For example: Wednesday Bible Study, Sunday school for children and the Fellowship Hour all meet via video-teleconference.

In these unusual times we deeply appreciate your giving through your bank or by clicking our Give Now button. We continue to check our mailbox regularly so you may mail your check to us.