1. PRAYER: Prayer to the Welcoming One by Lisa Degrenia
He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed… – Mark 4:30-31a
Your mercy knows no limit
Your grace knows no margin
You reach out
Like a tree full of branches
Satisfied with the song of unnumbered birds
Like a hen collecting her newborns
Sheltering them beneath healing wings
Like a surprised fisherman
Taking up a bursting, sweeping catch
Like a good shepherd
Extending the flock in every direction
Open us, as you continue to open yourself
So all may come within the reach
Of your saving embrace
2. QUOTE: by Wendell Berry
Sowing the seed, my hand is one with the earth.
Wanting the seed to grow, my mind is one with the light.
Hoeing the crop, my hands are one with the rain.
Having cared for the plants, my mind is one with the air.
Hungry and trusting, my mind is one with the earth.
Eating the fruit, my body is one with the earth
3. PRAYER: Prayer for Growth by Lisa Degrenia
He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. – Mark 4:26-27
Sew your seed, Good Gardner
Root us in your steadfast love
Plant your faithful promises deep within
Shelter and sustain us with your healing and hope
Your strength and light
Your good and lasting fruit is coming
It is here
The glory of the harvest is yours
For you alone bring the growth
4. RESOURCE: Natural Church Development, 6 Growth Forces by Christian A. Schwarz
- Interdependence- individual beings are connected to each other in a larger system
- Multiplication- healthy beings reproduce
- Energy Transformation- energy already flowing can be redirected
- Sustainability- healthy processes are cyclical, contributing to the next part of the cycle
- Symbiosis- cooperation for mutual benefit
- Fruitfulness- healthy things bear fruit (results)
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