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The Seed Grows of Itself

06-17-2018We Celebrate Worship Resource, Vol. 43, No. 2

What wonders the Lord can do! A tender shoot from a cedar becomes the tallest tree on the mountain. Seed scattered on the earth yields fruit of its own accord. A tiny mustard seed grows into a huge shrub. What’s more, in each case the fruit of God’s work extends its blessings to others. The majestic cedar in Ezekiel’s story provides shade and shelter for every kind of bird. The sower of the seed harvests the fruit of the untended plants. The mustard plant yields pods filled with seeds that add flavor to food. But these are all parables. Each image used by Ezekiel and Mark describes something else. Because the Israelites were in exile at that time, Ezekiel needed them to trust that God had not abandoned them. The tender shoot from the crown of the old tree suggests a future king from the linage of David, himself the youngest son of Jesse. The two parables of Jesus in today’s passage from Mark explicitly connect the stories to the kingdom of God. Like the fledgling Christian community in the time of Mark and Paul, the kingdom of God starts out tiny and seemingly insignificant. But if a small shoot can grow into a majestic cedar, if a tiny mustard seed can grow into a large plant, if a microscopic sperm and egg can grow into a human person, so much so can the kingdom of God be built up into a whole world as one.

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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Fridays 6:00-7:00pm in the Chapel, Dec 8, 2017 - Nov 23, 2018

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Change for Change

Beginning Sun, Jul 1, a large JAR with the inscription "Change for Change" will be placed in the Narthex. We ask parishioners to drop in their extra change.

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Summer BreakSpot

The Summer BreakSpot provides FREE nutritious meals to kids and teens under 18 all summer long and will be at the North Orange Branch of the Orange County Library right here in Apopka. Monday - Friday from 1:15-2:15pm.

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Consider Joining the Choir!

If you are interested in praising the Lord through song, we would love to have you! The choirs will be resuming in August.

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