Scripture passage: Mark 4: 1-9 - The Parable of the Sower
4 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” 9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Guide for Praying Scripture
Go to a quite space . . . quiet your mind, bod and spirit.
Read the scripture passage again and again, attending to the words, until you can hold it in your heart.
Ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and an awareness of the presence of Christ.
Ask for what you desire or need from God during this prayer period.
Engage the passage through imagination or meditation.
Use your imagination to picture the passage in detail.
Experience the setting by engaging all the senses . . . what do you see, hear, smell, feel, taste?
Put yourself into the passage as a person or a thing . . . there are no rules or should, you can be anyone, even Jesus.
Speak to others and let others speak to you. Be free to go beyond what is written.
Feel and notice whatever emotions emerge for you.
Listen to what God is saying to you.
Notice the words or phrases in the passage that stand out to you today.
Let the passage sink deeper and deeper into your heart.
Be aware of your feelings and notice any changes in them.
Experience, rather than analyze.
Let the passage stir your own experience, associations and memories.
Take your time . . . let your mind be relaxed and open.
Listen attentively to God speaking within you right now.
Remember that what is given to you is “the Word” for you for today!
Give thanks for God’s presence and for the blessings and challenges you received.
Reflect on your experience with this passage today.
Credit goes to Week of Guided Prayer Network of Hamilton Conference, 2006
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Envelopes are now available. Please contact Mel in the Church Office to arrange pick up or delivery of your envelopes.
NEW - There is now a mailbox at the Hall Entrance to the Church where offerings, donations and other mail can be HAND DELIVERED to the Church Office.
(PAR donors will not receive envelopes for 2021 unless requested).
Minute For Mission Trafficked by Her Aunt: Lakshmi’s Story
Lakshmi, a teenager from West Bengal, India, went missing from her family home just a few months ago. Struggling to survive, Lakshmi was trafficked by her aunt, who promised that she could earn money and become independent by “dancing.” Thankfully, Lakshmi’s parents contacted the Diocese of Durgapur, which runs an anti-human trafficking program supported by your Mission & Service gifts. The Diocese intervened, and on the threat of legal action, Lakshmi’s aunt returned her to her parents.
Around the world, human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises because it is relatively low risk and has a high profit potential. That’s because, unlike drugs, humans can be sold repeatedly.
The pandemic has made the problem even worse, especially in parts of the world where the economy is suffering because of the COVID-19 crisis.
Your gifts through Mission & Service are making a difference. In partnership with the Diocese of Durgapur, your support helps the anti-trafficking unit find and free women and children who are being trafficked. Once they are freed, your gifts help victims seek justice for what they have been through and regain a sense of worth and acceptance. Your generosity is also preventative, helping provide the education that is needed to offer protection against predators.
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There are immediate openings on the Leadership Team as some long-time members are stepping down. Openings include:
In addition, the position of Chair will be opening as of the next Annual General Meeting.
If you are interested or wish to nominate someone to the council, please call or email the Church Office.
The next Innerkip United Church Leadership Team Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 17.
MINISTRY AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The M&P Committee met last week to discuss employee concerns and performance reviews, as well as long term objectives for ministry.
The next Innerkip United Church M&P Committee Meeting is scheduled for Thursday February 18.
Oxford United Ministries CONNECTIONS publishes stories or poems that help us care for all of creation – people, places and creatures. They offer local news and have curated news issues not easily found in the mainstream media.
If you would like a printed copy of the Connections newsletter mailed to you, please contact the Church office and Mel will add you to the mailing list.
Offerings and Donations
There are contact-free ways to send offerings and donations to the Church:
HAND DELIVER your offering or donation in the NEW LOCKABLE MAILBOX installed near the Hall Entrance to the Church. This entrance is well lit and maintained (snow and ice removal). The mailbox will be checked daily, but please let Mel know if depositing Cash so it can be retrieved promptly.
MAIL your donation to the Church office: PO Box 137, Innerkip, ON N0J 1M0
Enroll in PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance for automatic payment). Forms are available in the Church Hall or online. Complete the form and include a void cheque (credit card no longer accepted). Contact the Church office to arrange contact-free pick up or delivery and Mel will submit the forms:https://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/get-involved/give-regularly