Resources for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
with Father's Day Resources
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.
Father's Day Sermons:
Believing is Seeing
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
Those of you who donít know what a mustard seed looks like, it is one of
the tiniest seeds youíll ever see. In fact, you can hardly see it with your
naked eye. And yet, it grows into a big tree; actually, itís technically a
shrub, but it looks like a tree, itís as large as a tree. And many birds will
be able to make their nest in itís canopy.
Many preachers through the ages have focused on this amazing contrast, of
tiny beginnings that can lead to big results. And in that sense, the mustard
seed is a perfect simile to the kingdom of God. Sometimes we see very small
beginnings that yield amazing results.
As Madeleine Boucher says, ďMost likely the meaning of the similitude lies
in the contrast between the smallness of the mustard seed and the greatness of
the full-grown shrub, so large that the birds can find shelter in it. . . .
This similitude, then, is clearly about the contrast between the small
beginnings and the final greatness of Godís work.Ē...
If you have just a little faith, you can move mountains. That tiny little
faith can move mountains, it can actually move mountains. Well, I donít know
about actual mountains, by I definitely believe that our faith can move
metaphorical mountains. Your faith can move mountains in your life, in your
community. How encouraging is that?
There is a saying in the world ďseeing is believingĒ and a lot of people
live by that mantra. People are saying: unless you can show me, Iím not going
to believe it.
The truth is that today you often have to believe first before you can see
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