Look at this!
Just one seed, yes one seed, produces a flower head with over 20 petals (I tried to count!); and well, how many seeds do you reckon!? (answers please!)
Today’s theme is seed planting – one of Jesus’s own favourites. For the truth is unless we plant seeds nothing grows – it’s no use leaving the seed bag on the shelf! Today we celebrate the raising of £300 by our young people over the last many months to go via the locally based charity ‘Send-a-Cow’ (welcome Alan!). It’s in support of 10 African families to help get going with farming that is sustainable for them. We think it’s also a visual illustration of a very different kind of seed planting that we all need as human beings. Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.”  But happen it does! His apostle St Paul also wrote, ‘Remember – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.’  The true fruits of God’s Kingdom are beautiful, ‘love, joy, peace…..’  . Jesus Christ came to bring us new life, new hope, new fruit. Those African families will be planting seed – will you plant in Jesus’s Kingdom, in his ground, his seed in your life?
Mark 4.26-27  2 Corinthians 9.6  read a whole list in Galatians 5.22-23