Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service 

July 20, 2017

To be successful then, is to emphasize the positive, minimize the negative.  Whether learning soon or late, understanding how being disciplined in holding a message close, tightly controlling an image, is important in moving forward.  This tendency is based on long experience.  Repeatedly it’s proved that the smallest crack in a façade easily provides an opening for weeds to grow, – the more are showing, the more it becomes harder going.

Whether anyone can perfectly hold to a disciplined message or not, keeping the cracks patched or from forming at all – weeds, no matter how effective at trying to hide or eradicate them, reveal potency.  It suggests that whatever falls into the soil of our heart and mind, grows and multiplies.



that which takes root within our heart,

will most certainly involve and affect         how we manage our part.


when daring to contribute, lead,

one must not only think about the soil         but also the seed.


and God is near to separate,

who will identify weeds…                          pull, remove, toss, and eradicate.


into the fields, tend to the wheat,

while trusting in the one                             who sorts the brambles                                 at the judgement seat.



Rev. Richard Wagner


Dear Friends,

This week’s Thursday’s Thought for Sunday’s Service is based upon Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43:

“Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ”” (Matthew 13:24–30, NIV)

“Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

(Matthew 13:36–43, NIV)

What seems obvious is that life is a mixture of good and bad.  No one has it all, everyone has their frailty, faults.  If this truly is a common understanding, one might see how moving ahead in trying to advance some idea, program or agenda with total transparency will certainly encounter resistance.  Is it any wonder that leaders of any stripe are often criticized?