And he told them many things in parables, saying:
‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed,
some seeds fell…’” Matthew 13:1-9
In our recent Council retreat we talked about Jesus’ parable of the seeds. We discussed the seeds that St. Luke’s has sown in our almost 271 years of ministry in Trappe. We looked at what seeds have fallen on a path only to be eaten by birds. We asked what seeds have fallen on rocky ground or among the thorns only to be destroyed and not reach maturity? These kinds of seeds, those that don’t grow, become then, the seeds of experience. These kinds of seeds can teach us more about God’s mission for us and the ways we have – or haven’t listened for God’s voice.
Next we looked at the seeds that St. Luke’s has planted in good soil over the years in order to do ministry for God. Our good seeds have produced fruit through faithful commitment to many missions like our support of the Jerusalem Food Bank, our Compassion Child, the Phoenixville Clinic and many others – and the good fruit of hands-on work through Habitat for Humanity, Guatemala, Honduras and our Youth Mission weekend.
Another seed that has grown is our seed of generosity. St. Luke’s is generous to our community when we open our facilities. Our church is used every day of the week as many outside groups take advantage of our wonderful, handicapped-accessible space.
How did we prepare good soil for these seeds over the years? We have been committed to Bible study, to weekly worship, to fellowship times and activities, to maintaining our facilities and to mission and outreach. And, in many ways we have listened to God’s voice to help us discern ways to prepare the soil in order to give the seeds the best chance to grow.
As we go forward into the future, God is calling us to listen more closely, to discern more clearly the ways in which God is calling us to nurture these seeds we have planted – these seed that have begun to produce fruit for God.