The God of Small Things

The simplicity of the mustard seed and the yeast parables seems a good fit for Southpoint’s unfolding sense of self. Over the years, I’ve heard Southpoint referred to as “an odd little church”. Like the hobbits that Jake referred to on Sunday, we’ve been a church that has traveled light and nimble, able to fly under the radar without being noticed. There is a gift in being small.

These parables, however, remind us that the kingdom comes and becomes something quite substantial, both in size (tree) and in substance (bread), through such small things as seeds, yeast, and hobbits. This is not just a coy reminder that it is okay to be small, nor an excuse to stay hidden. Rather, it is an invitation to refresh our imagination for the kind of spacious and substantial growth that might unfold in us and through us, as we continue to devote ourselves to small things.

This week, we will see Joy’s images of our four core images. There are small actions that these images invite us to take: coming to the well, feasting together at a table, planting and watering little seeds, and labouring together to repair and use nets. None of these actions are terribly dramatic. They are rather homely and ordinary. But you can see in the images that something really good and beautiful and whole is coming into being through these small things. And that something looks an awful lot like Kinship/Kingdom. I am so grateful to God for the way the Spirit incarnates the beauty of the kingdom in these accessible, ordinary, and holy ways. 

Where do you see the kingdom coming and becoming around you this week?


Rev. Anne Baxter Smith
Pastor, Church at Southpoint

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Sun May 12   Mother’s Day
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

Sun May 19 Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21

Sun May 26 
No service at the Sunnyside building
Brunches Together!

Sun Jun 2
Rev Rusty Edwards (CABF)
2 Cor 4:5-12

Sun Jun 9
2 Cor 4:13-5:1

Sun Jun 16
2 Cor 5:6-11, 14-17

Sun Jun 23
Baptisms, at A Rocha’s Brooksdale Environmental Centre No service at the Sunnyside building

Sun Jun 30 
Fifth Sunday Brunches Together No service at the Sunnyside building

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