Insights for successfully growing the Gospel in our lives

I hope everyone has been safely enjoying our hot summer weather this week.

I know some of you really miss singing hymns as part of your Sunday worship. I haven’t included any music in my videos for a couple of reasons. One, staying on the right side of copyright with music can be tricky in online videos. Two, I am trying to keep these videos short so that they can be shared and viewed online.

I have heard that some of you like to go online and search for a hymn to sing. I thought that was a great idea, as there are a whole bunch of videos of hymns available online on sites like YouTube.

You are certainly welcome to pick your own hymns to sing, but I though I might make a suggestion for one you could sing after watching this weeks video. You can find my suggestion later in this note.

First, here is our Gospel reading for this Sunday is Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.

“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 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. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!””

“Hear then the parable of the sower. 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. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 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. 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. But 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.”1

Here is the link to this week’s video on Youtube:

(If you watch to the very end of the video this week, I do actually add a little music to the video…)

Here is a video with the hymn “We Plough the Fields and Scatter” you can sing along with. It is normally a Thanksgiving time hymn, but it is in keeping with our Gospel reading for today. The video is  from Youtube user, “Traditional Hymns”. 

Be Well and have a blessed week!


The Rev’d Canon Rob Park

P.S. If you are looking for even more church this Sunday be sure to check out our diocesan Facebook page and YouTube page for more live-streamed (at 10am on Facebook) and recorded liturgies from Bishop Susan Bell.

  1. Scripture quotation is from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.