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Some planted | Some watered | God increased

Even now, God is moving. This academic year we read the prayer attributed most often to Oscar Romero, and these words, in particular, stood out, “We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water the seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.” Some of you were one of the original donors to Northeastern Seminary planting seeds into our students 25 years ago. Some of you just started giving this past year for today’s students.

Your financial gift is a seed that is growing in the lives of our students who benefit from the scholarships that you have contributed to. Many of those students are preaching on Sunday and taking classes during the week and your gift makes this possible.

Some planted, some watered, God increased.

Even now, people who have heard the call are doing the work. They are sharing the gospel, teaching others about Jesus, and serving their community all while feeling called to learn more about Him. They have not yet applied to seminary, but they are future students.

Won’t you help plant the seeds in their lives through your giving and prayers on October 26, 2022, for our annual Day of Giving? Our goal is to raise $85,000 to make theological education accessible for ALL of those God has called to ministry. This one day of generosity will impact our students and the lives they will transform in Jesus' name.

Some planted, some watered, God increased.

Join us in the Day of Giving through your prayers and your financial gifts.

by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw

The mystery of the Romero Prayer

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond
our efforts; it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our
lifetime only a fraction
of the magnificent enterprise
that is God’s work.

Nothing we do is complete, which
is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water the seeds already
planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that
will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something and to do it well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s
grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the
master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.