Our church is named The Sower’s Chapel after the parable of the sower. The parable is a story about a man who went out to sow seed (plant wheat) by scattering it in his field. Not all the seed grew up to produce a crop, but some of it does.We are a community that plants seeds, nurtures those who receive the seed, and celebrates the harvest.
We know love is important. It is easy to see that we are to take care of those who suffer. We understand at a fundamental level that we should treat each other with kindness and respect. Few would deny that more love circulating in this world is better than less. But how we show this love is not always clear. Certainly there are many people around us who have needs, but how do we know where to put our efforts?
This program explores the biblical parable of the Sheep and the Goats. In the parable, Jesus speaks of serving the least of our brethren: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned. Jesus says that whenever we help others in these conditions, we help God. Whenever we ignore the suffering of our fellow human beings, we do the same to God.
In addition to calling us to help people on a physical level, the six needs expressed in Jesus’ story represent our deeper, spiritual needs. For example, everyone needs a way to contribute and give of themselves to others (hungry).
Join us on a journey as we explore these six fundamental human needs and how learning about and practicing meeting these needs will increase our compassion and love for others.
- Jan 15: Love Serves (I was hungry and you gave me food)
- Jan 22: Love Brings Truth (I was thirsty and you gave me drink)
- Jan 29: Love Welcomes (I was a stranger and you took me in)
- Feb 5: Love Comforts (I was naked and you clothed me)
- Feb 12: Love Visits (I was sick and you visited me)
- Feb 19: Love is Present (I was in prison and you came to me)
- Feb 26: Love Rejoices (Wrap-up week)