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Resources for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
with Father's Day Resources

Texts & Discussions:

1Sam 15:34-16:13 or
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 20 or
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
2Cor 5:6-10; 14-17
Mark 4:26-34


DPS Father's Day Resources:

Father's Day anecdotes, humor and more

The Silent Treatment, Is. 6:1-8,  Jn 3:1-7
Happy Father's Day, Mt. 10:24-39

Children's Message:
Huggy" Father's Day

a children's sermon for Father's Day



Father's Day Prayer:
by Jessica Steinmetz

God, bless all the fathers in the world. Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children. Help them to be a father like You are. Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way. Amen.





Children's Messages

Sermon Excerpt

Sowing, Growing, Reaping
a sermon based on Mark 4:26-34
by Rev. Randy Quinn

Jesus used parables and stories to tell about and explain the Kingdom of God.  He used many, many parables, only some of which are recorded in the gospels.

These are only two of them.

No one parable is complete in its comparison, yet each has a significant thing to say about the Kingdom of God.

I think that Jesus used parables because of the limitations of language.  There is no way to accurately describe God, nor can we expect to describe God's Realm.  Jesus instead tries to help us understand it with pictures and stories that focus on one aspect or another of the Kingdom of God.

So let's look at these parables and see what we can learn and discern about God's Realm.

The first thing I notice is that this is not about farming.  Too often, I think people want the Bible to be something that it isn't.  It isn't intended to teach us about horticulture or biology.  This parable doesn't pretend to be about good gardening techniques.

The farmer in this story doesn't even plow.  The farmer has no concern about the weather or about weeds.  Unlike any farmer I've ever known, this farmer simply sits back and watches.

You've all probably heard about the gardener who had a beautiful garden.  Everything was neat, every plant seemed to add to the overall beauty.  One day a man came by as the gardener was tending his garden.  The man commented about how wonderful God is that he could make such a beautiful garden, to which the gardener responded, "yea, but you should have seen it before I started helping."

Clearly, this parable is not about farming or garden­ing.  It's about the seed, the seed that miraculously grows, the seed that becomes something very different than when it was planted.

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