July 12 – Scatter Beyond the Edges

What an extravagant waste! The farmer threw seeds beyond the edges of his field. Beyond where he would gently cover seeds with a thin layer of soil, protecting them from birds. Beyond where he had removed all of the weeds.

Wheat. Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay.

Or was this extravagance actually good stewardship? Would a few extra seeds around the edges of his field distract the birds from the seed on good soil? Would a few extra seeds around the edges of his field block the weeds from growing among his crop?

The Parable of the Extravagant Sower often invites hearers to reflect on what kind of soil they have for the Word of God. But what if we are called instead to grow every possible seed, wherever good soil might be found? What if the seed we sow beyond the edges could help those in the middle of the field yield more grain?

I will have more to say about Matthew 13:1-9 here by 8 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 12th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

Children. Image by stokpic from Pixabay.

Who is a Child of God? If we were sitting on step in the sanctuary I would ask a child to count the Children of God.

Then we would discuss the definition that Paul wrote to the Romans.

Only those people who are led by God’s Spirit are his children.

Romans 8:14 (CEV)

By that definition who else might be included?

Worship

By 8 AM on Sunday, July 12th, 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.