Sunday, July 16 – the 7th Sunday after Pentecost

Van Gogh Sower

Masks are not required, although some people continue to wear them to services–you’re welcome at the Nativity, whatever decision you make for yourself!

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The live-stream begins at about 9:45 am, and the service begins at 10 am. You will also be able to watch or re-watch the stream on YouTube at this link at any later time.

The order of service is available here. It includes the readings, responses, and the words to the hymns–helping you to join in as fully as possible via the live-stream.

Today is the seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Here’s what Sundays and Seasons offers as a reflection on the gospel we’ll hear: God’s word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. At the Lord’s table we are fed with the bread of life, that we may bear fruit in the world.

Our cover image is one of a number of variations painted by Van Gogh of a sower in front of a setting sun in June 1888 in Arles, France. The original is held by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam; this picture of it is in the public domain. For more information, visit: