Preparing our soil…

 

Preparing Our Soil 

by Raymond A. Foss


Sowing, planting
praying, waiting
for a time of God’s choosing
our faith in the persistence
our prayers unceasing
in the patience in our waiting
trusting in the Lord

The growth to come
answers to our seeking
calling out to God
in the way of his grace
in his mercy revealed
his love unending
raining down on us

  • Light a candle remembering Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit in a comfortable place with your palms up ready in a posture to receive.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.  Imagining you are the soil.  Notice what kind of soil you are today.
  • Give thanks to God for the soil.
  • Go outside and find some soil to plunge your hands into.  Allow yourself to connect with the soil.  If it is dry, water it.  Notice the smell.  Are there any dormant roots?  Notice how the soil is a reflection of your relationship with God.
  • Give thanks to God for this time to connect with the earth and for any new messages you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 10 2011,  Year A
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

Matthew 13:18-23 What roots are sustaining you?

Matthew 13:18-23

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

  • Light a candle remembering Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • What have you sown lately?
  • What fruit does it yield?
  • Name the roots that are sustaining you.
  • What roots are missing?
  • Invite God to help you grow the roots that are missing.
  • Give thanks to God for the roots that are sustaining you.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 10 2011,  Year A
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

Matthew 13:1-9 Listen! A sower went out to sow…

Matthew 13:1-9

1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 Let anyone with ears listen!”

  • Light a candle remembering Christ’s presence with you.
  • In a Lectio Divina-style, read the parable through three times.
  • On the first reading, notice what word or phrase catches your attention.
  • Spend 3-5 minutes in silence focusing on that word or phrase.
  • On the second reading, notice what message God has for you.
  • Spend 3-5 minutes in silence focusing on the message, word, or phrase.
  • On the third reading, notice if there is a call to action for you in God’s message.
  • Spend 3-5 minutes in silence savoring what you have received.
  • Give thanks to God for your time in prayer and anything new you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 10 2011,  Year A
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

Romans 8:1-11 Life in the Spirit

Romans 8:1-11

5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 

6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Notice where peace is present.
  • Place you hands in front of your with your palms up in the receiving position.  Hold that peace that is present.
  • What sensation(s) do you feel in your hands?
  • Savor the peace.
  • Give thanks to God for this peace and anything new you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 10 2011,  Year A
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.