This week's readings and music have a theme of longing and waiting - specifically, for the kingdom and righteousness of God to appear. In the reading from 2 Corinthians, Paul speaks of groaning and longing for the swallowing up of our earthly sorrows and struggles in the glorious redemption of our bodies. We wait in faith, because we know that " we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ," a promise of joy to those who follow him. Our Gospel reading uses the metaphor of a farmer scattering seed, and then waiting for the harvest. We are called in the same way to do the work of the kingdom, not knowing how or when the harvest will come, but trusting in God's promises that soon we will see the fruits of our labor.
We will sing a new song written by a worship director in an Anglican church in Alabama, Wendell Kimbrough, entitled "Seeds of the Kingdom." Here's a sample recording of part of the song:
Another new song on the theme of waiting and longing is "We Will Feast in the House of Zion," by another Anglican worship leader, Sandra McCracken:
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday!