Which came first – the seed or the plant?
Some plants use seeds to make new plants. They have many ways to get those seeds transported to other places – using animals, birds or the wind. Other plants grow from bulbs which split to form new plants or from runners under the soil or even by growing long pieces that touch the ground and produce new roots. Sometimes gardening seems to be all about persuading plants not to grow where we don’t want them!
In Collective Worship this week, Rev Mary talks about seeds.
She shows us some examples of seeds of different sizes and tells us a story of a man who thought he was no good at growing anything but learned about having patience and trusting.
She also talks about The Lord’s Prayer. Listen to her talk about it here or read how Jesus taught his disciples to pray for yourself in your Bible. It is found in slightly different forms in two of the Gospels. Mark 6:9-15 is the one we recognise as very similar to the prayer we use today. Luke 11:1-4 is more brief but gives us a little background to the story where the disciples were noticing Jesus praying and wanted him to teach them too.
Some of the prayers we use in worship services seem quite formal and complicated. Jesus teaches us in the Lord’s Prayer to ask God to:
- Be close to us and show us how to live
- Give us what we need every day
- Forgive us when we get things wrong and help us to forgive others when they also get things wrong
- Show us how he is looking after our world and help us to play our part
Our prayers don’t have to be complicated or even use words. They are a way of drawing close to God and bringing all of our joys and sorrows to him.
Some parts of gardens are quite formal but sometimes we want an informal part of a garden to help the insects and other wildlife. Now is a good time to plant flowers that will attract bees and butterflies into your garden and help them to find the food they need. One fun way to do this is to make seed balls or seed bombs with a mixture of brightly coloured flowers, then just throw them into the space you want to be your wildflower area just before it is due to rain and let them do the rest.
You will get messy so it might be better to do the making outside and to wear old clothes. These would be lovely presents to give to people especially if you package them up in an interesting way.
We can use the Lord’s Prayer this week. Can you find a time to say it each day?
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Planting seeds is a great thing to do and it is very exciting when the plants start to grow. It is sometimes difficult to be patient and wait for the growing to happen though. Keep watering and watching but don’t expect it to happen overnight!
Alison and Angie