PRAYERS AND SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR MAY
As we continue in this Easter Season and celebrate our Lord's resurrection, let us join together in scripture reading and prayer thaat God may fill us up with his power so that we may proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all people.
Sunday, May 5- Prayer of the Week
O God, you give us your Son as the vine apart from whom we cannot live. Nourish our life in his resurrection, that we may bear the fruit of love and know the fullness of your joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
SUNDAY: John 21:1-19
MONDAY: Ezekiel 11:1-25
TUESDAY: Ezekiel 20:39-44
WEDNESDAY: Luke 12:29-32
FRIDAY: Psalm 23
SATURDAY: Revelation 7:9-17
Sunday, May 12 - Prayer of the Week
O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding. Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen
SUNDAY: John 10:22-30
MONDAY: Psalm 100
TUESDAY: Acts 1:15-26
WEDNESDAY: Revelation 11:15-19
THURSDAY: Acts 11:1-18
FRIDAY: Psalm 148
SATURDAY: Revelation 21:1-6
Sunday, May 19 - Prayer of the Week
Gracious and glorious God, you have chosen us as your own, and by the powerful name of Christ you protect us from evil. By your Spirit transform us and your beloved world, that we may find our joy in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lies and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: John 12:31-35
MONDAY: Leviticus 19:9-18
TUESDAY: Proverbs 2:9-15
WEDNESDAY: Act 16:1-8
THURSDAY: Acts 16:9-15
FRIDAY: Psalm 97
Sunday, May 26- Prayer of the Week
Mighty God, you breathe life into our bones, and your Spirit brings truth to the word. Send us this Spirit, transform us by your truth, and give us language to proclaim your gospel, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
SUNDAY: John 14:23-29
MONDAY: Psalm 97
TUESDAY: Luke 24:44-53
WEDNESDAY: Acts 16:16-34
THURSDAY: Acts 1:1-11
FRIDAY: Luke 1:39-57
SATURDAY: Revelation 22:12-14,
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MAY WORSHIP AT TRINITY
Parable of the sower - Matthew 13:3-9
3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow
his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds
came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.
It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up,
the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other
seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed
fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or that what was
sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
It was the custom in agriculture of that time that, as Jesus says, the farmer simply went out and spread the seed. The farmer knew all too well that some seed would fall on a path, some on rocky soil, some on shallow soil and some on good soil. That was just how you spread seed. It was not a precise dig a whole and plant a seed. It was a spreading of the seed that is important. When the ground is fallow, ow do you know whether the soil is shallow or good? How do you know where the paths will lead or if there is simply dust on the rocks or how the wind will blow the seeds? You don't know. You simply throw the seeds and you know that some will take root, create strong and vibrant plants nd produce 100-fold.
I think Jesus s taling about the nature of God. God's grace is plentiful and not discriminatory. God doesn't choose us as the elite soil and damn others with shallow hearts. God spreads his love and grace over all people - rich and poor, blind and sight filled, sick and healthy, imprisoned and free. God's grace is there for everyone nd every race and gender. In this parable of scattering seeds, I think Jesus is talking to the gathered crowd, knowing full well there are Jews and Gentiles, slave and free, men and women, orphans and widows, foreigners and strangers, Pharisees and Roman soldiers, scribes and artisans, farmers and laborers
Jesus is talking also about the nature of people There are people who will not listen. There are people who will not understand. There are people who will listen, take note, get excited about God's word and then burn out. Then there are some folks that "get it" - acknowledge that there is a God, that God is about love and care and kindness, peace, justice and generosity. God's grace and love is abundant and ever present and God abides in us with strong roots that grow strong plants. We help to create harvests of 30-fold, 60-fold, and 100-fold so that people can eat and survive, grow and love.
In this spreading of seeds, we participate, not a judgmental people, elite "good soil" peopl, but a recipients and advocates, helpers and engagers in this work of the kingdom of God - spreading the seeds of God's intent, God's grace an God's love. We are co-participants in Gods cooperative. "Whoever has ears, let them hear!"
A Hot Dog Stand meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, May 14 at 7:00 pm in the Pastor's office.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Trinity's Prayer Shawl Ministry will not meet during the summer, but will again resume in September.
Dinner at Blue Ridge Winery
The Fun and Fellowship Ministry is planning a dinner at Blue Ridge Winery on Friday evening, May 24 at 6:00 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside the Fellowship Hall.
First Communion will be held. The Communion Class will meet at the convenience of the parents. The class is for any child or anyone who has not received their first Communion. If you would like to have your child/children receive their First Communion, please contact Pastor Laine.
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