Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Sermon preached by the Rev. Imogene Stulken, Protestant campus minister at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and music director at University Lutheran Church, on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Texts for the day were:

  • Isaiah 55:10-13
  • Psalm 65:1-13
  • Romans 8:1-11
  • Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

In the sermon, Pastor Stulken referred to this collection of images of the sower (PDF), two of which are shown below.

A bronze sculpture of a barefoot man, shirt sleeves and pant legs rolled up as he works, wearing  a sun hood.
“The Sower” atop the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sculptor: Lee Lawrie (1867-1963). Photo by Ammodramus (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

In this colorful mural, Jesus, dressed in a white tunic and surrounded by a golden halo, scatters grain along the side of the road.
Sower went out to sow, a mural from Brasov, Romania. From Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Original source: CC BY-NC-SA.