Embracing the Metaphor: Safer Soil

Farmer Paul Explains Good Soil at Kingfisher
-Anne Smith

This past Sunday we gathered as a community for an ALL OUT service activity at Kingfisher Farm. In the warmth of the greenhouses we plucked the last tomatoes from vines so tall they reached all the way to the ceiling. (Some tomatoes lingered, well beyond my reach:) The size of the vines and the plentiful array of tomatoes was another reminder of the richness of the soil. Later, Paul led us around the garden and talked with us about soil, and how as a farmer he has learned to enrich it. This was a way of embodying our discussions of what it means to be “Safe Soil” for one another as a community.

Prayer of Confession
Jesus, we want to be trusting and trustworthy. We want the same for our church. Yet we feel—just below the surface, deep in the soil of our bodies—a certain defendedness. It feels like hard rocks. It feels like tightly packed dirt. It feels like a tangle of roots. This defendedness keeps us safe from the full impact of trauma. Yet, this defendedness also squeezes out moisture, air, and elbow room. Something in us feels compressed. Something in us feels stunted. Come, Gardener God, and loosen up the soil, that there may be new softness within us, and between us.   

Words of Assurance
As we slowly release the need to defend and justify, to pretend and cover up, as we slowly allow ourselves to be seen by God, we realize God isn’t going anywhere. We are safe. And when we learn we are safe, we soften. And as we soften our defences, things shift inside. New life cracks open the tightly buried seed and begins to grow.

As you ponder the many ways you armour up and the unique form of defendedness that occurs within the soil of your own heart, I offer up to you this prayer of confession which accompanies us this season:

Invitation to Confession 
Jesus comes close, not to shame us, but to nourish and support our growth. With this reassurance, I invite you into this time of confession. 

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Sermons Are Podcasted
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Sun. Oct 30
Potluck lunch to follow service
Resistance and Vulnerability
Luke 7:31-50 

Sun. Nov 6
Unsafe or Uncomfortable?
Luke 8:22-39 

Sun. Nov 13
Holding Space 
John 11:1-44

Sun. Nov 20
Right and Wrong
Luke 14:1-6 

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If you have trouble with the link, use:
meeting ID: 831 1690 9977
with password: 753319

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At Southpoint, it all begins with God’s love. Just as a plant grows, it receives sunshine, so we grow as we receive God’s love. At Southpoint, we are growing in our capacity to love God, ourselves, one another, and creation.

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We encourage relationships rather than run programs, yet we recognize the importance of intentionality and structure as we nurture life together.

As a community, we seek to put our love in action. We value helping out on Sunday mornings, sharing food, and showing up in hard times. We keep our church life simple so folk have time to build relationships with family, friends, and neighbours. We encourage folk to serve in tangible ways within the wider community. We rent space rather than own a building, allowing us to do more with less, supporting missions at home and abroad.

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