Roots in Eternity

By Sandra Seaborn, Director of Worship
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Summer is a season of growing. Little green shoots that seem to barely be able to poke through the hard ground in spring, with warmth and water, develop into hearty verdant ground cover. Trees transform from collections of barren branches to full foliage providing a resting place for birds and shade for those below.   
This summer, as the world around us grows, not only will we be able to appreciate this yearly transformation by being outside, but also as we gather on Sundays at St. Paul’s.  Together, we will be considering how we can grow spiritually and be transformed into the likeness of Jesus, by having “Roots in Eternity”.
The sermon series will be looking at organic Bible stories, passages about the land, soil, plants, and trees. We will start in the Old Testament, looking at collective ways the land shaped practices of faith in the past. We’ll listen to a few arable parables of Jesus and reflect on what the beauty in flowers might teach us. We will end the summer by hearing from Paul who draws parallels between the cycles of plant life and the rhythms of faith life. We will also listen to John who describes a healing tree found in the new Jerusalem.  
Here is my prayer for you this summer:
I pray that out of His glorious riches, God may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. – Ephesians 2:16-21