From the Pastor’s Desk

God's Love Reaching Out Into the Community

From the Pastor’s Desk

September 2, 2013 Pastor's Desk 0

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
Matthew 13:44

Through our summer worship we’ve been paying attention to Jesus’ teaching in the parables about what the kingdom of God looks like.

In the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:4-15), Jesus reminds us of the generosity of God, the sower, who scandalously sows the seeds of the kingdom. Precious seed falls on good soil that produces an abundant harvest, as well as in places where conditions seem unlikely to produce anything.

In the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus reminds us that our neighborhood’s a lot bigger than we think. He tells us that in God’s kingdom the good neighbor sacrifices and crosses boundaries to reach out in love to help and care for the person that everyone else avoids.

In the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21), Jesus warns against allowing our wealth to insulate us from the poor. He invites us to give God our anxieties about our personal wellbeing, which blind us to the needs of neighbors near and far. In God’s kingdom we belong to God and to one another.

Jesus also speaks of the kingdom of heaven being like a hidden treasure buried in a field. Over the past year or so, we’ve caught a glimpse of God’s kingdom through the hidden treasure of a field in the midst of the Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. The field sits next to a transitional housing structure for homeless women and children. God is bringing beauty and new life to a community through a field formerly considered to be worthless.

Servants of Christ from First Presbyterian- Saline are working tirelessly to transform an ugly, overgrown, trash strewn field. Where it was once thick with weeds, there now sits a raised vegetable garden. Where there was formerly trash and dead trees, there’s now a welcoming open field, perfect for picnics. Where cars used to overshoot an off-ramp,
landing on the field, now there’s a protective berm to keep people safe. Signs of the in breaking of God’s kingdom!

September 15th we are invited to participate in celebrating what God is doing as we hold our church picnic on this treasured field, along with the women and children who live next door. We’ll expand the boundaries of our neighborhood, to meet and break bread with our new neighbors in Detroit. Together we’ll celebrate the new community that God is building between us. On that field of dreams, we will meet Jesus in one another. And as we stand together we’ll say to each another, “Surely God is inthis place!”

Grace and peace,
Jennie