Building on from last Sunday’s exploration of the Exile theme, the third in this preaching series (From Patronal to Planned Giving), we will use the well-known Parable of the Sower as a starting point. The vibrant story is well-known and interpreted by the early church as an allegory of the way in which people hear and respond to the Word of God.

Following the loss of the familiar markers of worship and identity during the Exile, the Jews developed a new focus – that of studying the scriptures. Out of this grew the synagogue – a group of people meeting to study the Bible. The influence of this movement is easy to see on our Christian worship where the Bible is always read, often two or more passages in each service. It is in this context that we ‘seek in worship to explore what it means in daily living, to believe and to adore.’ (Fred Pratt Green)

Welcome to all who worship God today – in a place of exile but one rich with opportunity for growth.

The Very Rev’d Frank Nelson