Rev. Miller Hoffman
Open Door MCC
July 16, 2017

The Season We’re In

Corrine and I used to plant a garden with our eastern neighbor back in old so-called upstate New York. (That neighbor was a ringer — she’s a Certified Master Composter, and we would use her compost pile, too.) For three years we planted a 10-by-20- foot vegetable garden in the yard of our neighbors to the west, three doors down, and we would eat our own red leaf and oak leaf lettuce and spinach and beet greens and beans and tomatoes and broccoli. We had a thing going with a groundhog. That’s another story.

Another friend from ye olde “upstate” NY was always sending us newsletters that would talk about the seasons and what energies are most active in summer. (She’s a witch.) “Happy Summer. The season of fire and time for expansion and fulfillment. Summer holds the power of potential, and of maturity. Plants and buds are blooming into flowers and in this process, open themselves to share their pollen for new flowers and seeds to grow.”

The Ringer told me and Corrine once that one of our hot pepper plants was ready to harvest (the Hungarian wax peppers). She said that if we would pick the (peck of pickled) peppers, the plant would make more flowers, and the flowers would turn into more fruit. Apparently that is true for the beans and squash and tomatoes, too. (I grew up in Iowa, but I lived in the city and it’s been a very long time since I helped my mom pull weeds from our vegetable garden.)

It’s pretty amazing. You take the gifts, and by taking, make more gifts.

The Witch and The Ringer get me thinking about how incredibly rich and verdant this season is, and how like our ministries and relationships. Doesn’t it help, when our flowers have matured into grown fruit, to have someone else “pick” them — enjoy them and benefit from them? Doesn’t it make us flower again? It’s when the fruit is left to go to seed that we stop flowering, like the Hungarian Wax. (Although going to seed is its own kind of gift I imagine. That, too, is probably another story.)

It is a rich and verdant season we’re in. I hope that you’ll find yourself opening to share your pollen for new flowers and seeds to grow, and that your many gifts are being taken and enjoyed, making room in you for more flowers.


This Sunday is the third Sunday after Pride. This week, Jesus tells perhaps his most famous parable. (No, not the one about the Prodigal. No, not the Good Samaritan, either. Nor the mustard seed! Okay, okay, Jesus has a dozen most-famous parables.) This week, Jesus talks about the famous sower and the famous seed and the famous soils. Imagine, though, that the seed isn’t church dogma or credal statements. Imagine that the seed is unconditional love and everyone having what they need. Imagine that the soil is community. Imagine the sower is you. Join us at 10 am to welcome Pat Spears with the message and to sow and reap Jesus! Stay after for coffee hour and fellowship. Open Door is and has food for our journey.

Rev. Miller