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Pastor's Notes

 Dear Friends,
If you are blessed enough to gather with us for Chi Alpha on Wednesday evenings, you will hear a song used for the grace called “Johnny Appleseed.”  The words go like this.  “Ooooooooooooh, the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun and the rain and the appleseed.  The Lord is good to me.  Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen, Amen.”  Our children, and the adults present, are getting the hang of the words and the tune, and sing it at full voice.
I didn’t know until today, that those words were actually sung by Johnny Appleseed.  They were  words commonly used in his faith tradition, called The New Church.  These words are very commonly used at church camp setting and youth gatherings.
The legend of Johnny Appleseed is very interesting.  He is credited with the spread of the apple tree throughout the mid-Atlantic and the Midwest.  He is said to have been a barefoot wanderer with a tin pot hat, and a sack of appleseeds to leave the start of apple trees and orchards wherever he went.  Johnny Appleseed was a man of faith and along with spreading the apple tree, he spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He especially loved to share Gospel stories with children. Johnny Appleseed was a man who practiced multiplication.  
He wasn’t called Johnny Applepicker for a reason.  He wasn’t worried about the number of apples on each tree to be picked, but worried about the number of trees in each apple.  Through the use of the seed, he set about multiplying the number of trees, so that apples would be readily available.    Our call as a church is to practice multiplication.  We are called to multiply our small groups, our worship experiences, and our learning opportunities.  We are called to take a que from Johnny Appleseed and be the most productive and fruitful people we can be, answering God’s call to bear fruit in this world.  
The question for all of us to answer might be this – Do I help multiply the numbers of persons participating in the celebration of God’s Kingdom here on this earth? It’s something to think about.
In the Master’s service, Steve