Fairfield Church, Evesham 16th July 2017
Fairfield Church, Evesham
This week Fairfield Church, Evesham is being run by John Darby, Peter and Julie Rowell. This means scrumptious breakfast and some great questions to follow – actually, I’ve already seen the questions and they look as though they will promote some really good discussion, but how could they fail to with the scripture as it is this week!
There are four songs. You will have probably noticed that we use a wide selection of songs. They spread across the centuries from the 18th to the 21st. We are a very relaxed church, with informal worship. The songs are chosen for their appropriateness aside the set gospel of the day (according to the Church of England) so we are always in line with thousands of other Christians across the whole world and that is a very comforting thought.
I think you have to be with us to really appreciate what Fairfield Church, Evesham is like or you could read our 5 Marks of Mission page for someone else’s opinion?
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I’m a bit late this week! (Yes, it’s been one of those weeks!)
A Harvest Story
13 1-3 At about that same time Jesus left the house and sat on the beach. In no time at all a crowd gathered along the shoreline, forcing him to get into a boat. Using the boat as a pulpit, he addressed his congregation, telling stories.
3-8 “What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.
9 “Are you listening to this? Really listening?”
18-19 “Study this story of the farmer planting seed. When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn’t take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person’s heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road.
20-21 “The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.
22 “The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it.
23 “The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”
If you’ve got this far in our latest blog post your reward will be seeing the questions in advance!
Why Tell Stories?
10 The disciples came up and asked, “Why do you tell stories?”
11-15 He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them.
- In the world today how would describe :- the path; the rocks; gravel; the thistles / weeds; the good ground?
- Are we as individual represented by the whole field or are we single parts of the field – rocky ground, hard ground etc?