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My Dear Family in Christ,

People tell me I have a green thumb. I love to garden but really can’t take much credit. I merely read the directions on the seed packs and do my best to pay attention. Watching and getting in tune with the plants is the most important; they don’t talk but we can learn how they communicate. Still, almost all the credit belongs to the seed itself. Inherent in the seed, is what God put there for fruitfulness whether tomatoes or spinach or peas, as you please.

Jesus uses many agricultural parables to describe the Kingdom of God. Alongside the parable of the sower, in which the focus rests squarely on the farmer, today we focus on the seed itself, in what is often called “seed growing secretly.” Credit belongs to the seed, not the sower. The farmer merely sows and reaps; all the important steps in between are beyond his control. That is how I feel as a gardener! Sure, I water and weed and pay attention, but in essence my effort just cultivates what is already inherent in the plant. If bad seeds or weeds are mixed into the seeds, I am powerless. So much of life is like that. And as Jesus teaches through the parable, so much of the Kingdom of God is beyond the designs of the sower.

Here at OLPH I am like the sower in another way. There is much underway and so much of what we need to accomplish requires your assistance, your dedication, your talents and skills. Our parish needs love and dedication from many different people with different talents in order to really flourish. We need you. So much of the unfolding of our life here together is beyond the work that I can personally do. So let’s sow some seeds!

Our Pastoral Council helps the pastor accomplish his vision by offering guidance, counsel and networking. It should be a cross section of the parish: younger and older, single and married, different walks of life and experience. We have two openings and more next year. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to submit a letter expressing interest.

Our Finance Council helps the pastor with the finance: budgeting, investing, spending. Folks who have business skills are invited to express interest. We need help with real estate and marketing too.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are looking to restart an event “party planning” team. Networking, logistics, coordination, a smile and some elbow grease are needed. Reach out to yours truly. We will need a chair or two to lead whomever comes aboard. Our OLPH Feast Day reminds me of the need for such a group.

Calling handy women and men! We are in need of painters and especially spacklers. Do you know anyone? We are looking for people who enjoy gardening. A wide assortment of projects and odd jobs await our Building & Grounds Team. I will connect you with the group if you drop me a line.

Remember that our church is first built of living stones (1 Pt 2:5); that is us! And so the vibrancy, vigor and fervor of the Church is built on our vibrancy, vigor and fervor. Each of us is a unique seed sown in the great field that is the Kingdom of God. Let’s blossom together and spread the Gospel in our little corner of the world!

Once again, we pray A Stewardship Prayer:

My parish is composed of people like me. I help make it what it is. It will be friendly if I am. It will be holy, if I am. Its pews will be filled if I help fill them. It will do great work, if I work. It will be prayerful if I pray. It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver. It will bring others into worship, if I invite and bring them in. It will be a place of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, of compassion, charity, and mercy, if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these same things. Therefore, with the help of God, I now dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want my parish to be. Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Joel Wilson