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Located in the heart of Olds, Alberta, the United Church has witnessed the Christian faith through worship, service, and fellowship for 120 years (as of 2014). All are welcome to share in our ministry.
than to be happy and enjoy themselves."
Hope and Happenings - The Seed is the Word of God
The parable of the sower and the seed, from Matthew's gospel offers a wonderful image for summer days. Think of it - sitting on the beach, listening to someone tell stories. There were probably a few instruments for musical inspiration, too. And there was probably food shared as people sat and listened to Jesus share is wisdom.
I'm sure many of you remember this parable from your Sunday School days, when we would hear the story, then plant seeds in styrofoam cups, to take home and transplant later in the family garden.
A simple definition of a parable - an earthly story with a spiritual truth. Jesus often used parables to teach lessons to the gathered people. This one was told to help people understand the depth of God's grace. The sower and the seeds. When you plant seeds, do you waste them on your garden path, where they'll surely get trodden on and never take root? Do you spread seeds on the rocky parts of your field - only for them to be weak and never survive the heat - never mind what might happen to any gardening or farm equipment you might use?
Do you toss your seeds in amongst the thorns and the weeds, where they'll get choked out and never flourish? What's the point of all that? Of course, a careful gardener plants only on rich, fertile soil. Unless - unless, you're a sower of grace. How liberally the sower in the parable scatters the seeds. They go everywhere, indiscriminately, extravagantly. The sower - the Creator. The seeds - seeds of love and grace, planted in the soil, planted in you and I.
Whether we're hard and worn, thorny and rough, or rich and fertile, no matter. The gift of God's grace of God is for all - given extravagantly, that all might know the love and blessing of God. Thanks be!
Blessings and peace, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Church News & Events
July & August August 13 - 10 am: Please join us for a Shared Service in Bowden (2036 18 Ave) August 27 - 10 am: Please join us for a Shared Service in Didsbury (1406 - 19th Ave)
August 13 - 10 am: Please join us for a Shared Service in Bowden (2036 18 Ave)
August 27 - 10 am: Please join us for a Shared Service in Didsbury (1406 - 19th Ave)
Dear People of Olds United Church
Daily Scripture Reading
Phil 4:19 - And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Our church is always beautifully decorated. Visit our Photo Gallery to see our favourite pictures, including pictures from our 120th anniversary. Better yet, stop in for a personal visit!
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From our Conference President
You are a child of God. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. Look up your birth date and see what Bible verse corresponds to it. Click the image above to look up your verse now.
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