Dear Friends,

I warmly encourage you to invite a friend and join your church family in worship this Sunday, July 16. Our focus will be the interesting story found in Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. In my Bible it's called Jesus' Parable of the Sower. It's really quite a story, even for Jesus. It's about a farmer scattering seed who, despite the failure of most of the seed to take root, is eventually blessed with a great harvest. What's Jesus talking about here? Does he mean we're the seeds, or does he mean we're the soil? Basically, it's a story of farming failure. Or is it? I'm not sure. It's often referred to as the Parable of the Farmer, but this interpretation doesn't fit its focus on seeds and soils. There are obviously a number of questions for us consider, and this is what we'll do Sunday morning. I'm calling the sermon, What a Harvest! In addition, we'll celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. I hope to see you this Sunday morning.

One more thing: Our plan is to show a few pictures of our dear friend Widler Pierre at the start of our worship time together, as well as a brief video clip he made for us. Our technology "issues" have been addressed and I'm confident all will go smoothly in this regard Sunday morning.


Grace and Peace,

Rev. Mark


The Congregational United Church of Christ
P. O. Box 642
Detroit Lakes, MN  56502

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief.

Do justly now. Love mercy now. Walk humbly now.

You are not obligated to complete the work,

but neither are you free to abandon it.

 ~ The Talmud



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