Rev. Moon’s Message for July 30, 2023

An etching by Dutch poet, illustrator, and engraver Jan Luyken (1649–1712) illustrating the Parable of the Seed in the version of the Bible by British miniature painter and publisher Robert Bowyer (1758–1834); from a collection in Bolton, England; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Dear friends,

He put before them another parable:

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31–32

This Sunday, we delve into the Parable of the Mustard Seed. The last two Sundays were dedicated to exploring the parable of the sowers and the parable of the weeds, which now leads us to this new parable. Through the story of the mustard seed, we can gain insight into experiencing God’s grace in our own lives. We warmly invite you to join us and together, let’s deepen our understanding of God’s grace flourishing in the fields of our existence.

As I mentioned last week, we noticed an audio issue in the video of the July 16 worship service. Interestingly, we also noticed three individuals pressing the “thumbs up” button below the video. It’s quite unusual for our worship service to receive such positive reactions. That led me to ponder why those three people chose to ‘like’ the video when there was no audio. Are they telling us something?

I hope this brings a smile to your face. I am sure some people accidentally pressed the button but hope this brought the joy of laughter to you. It certainly did for me. After all, we could all use some good laughter in our lives since our life often becomes too serious.

I humbly request your prayers as I go on a vacation to revitalize my mind and emotions from August 1–29.

Upcoming Worship Leaders

  • August 6: Rev. Harry Bradley
  • August 13: Rev. Smith
  • August 20: Rev. Dr. Laurence DeWolfe
  • August 27: Rev. Smith

— Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Saturday, July 29, 2023 edition of Tidbits.