As a mustard seed 061718

Mark 4:26-34

Jesus said, . . . “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

From “. . . Jesus began his ministry on earth with a very small group of twelve followers, but as they followed Jesus and told others about him, the Kingdom grew and grew until it covered the whole earth. You might think that you are too small to be an important part of the Kingdom of God, but when we tell others about Jesus, we help the Kingdom to grow to spread over the whole earth. So, when you start to think that you are too small to be important in the Kingdom of God, remember the parable of the mustard seed.”

Scripture: June 17, 2018—1 Samuel 15:34–16:13; 2 Corinthians 5:6–10 (11–13), 14–17; Psalm 20; and Mark 4:26–34.

Collect: Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Reflection: The passage from 2 Corinthians urges us to be reconciled, to engage in the ministry of reconciliation, and to be ambassadors for Christ. How can you join in a ministry of reconciliation as an ambassador of Christ?

Sunday School—check with your teacher (Youth are out for the summer)

Eye Candy: “World’s smallest seed” by James B. Janknegt; “Mustard seeds” by Paul Roorda; “Harvesting” by Jorg Breu.

Ear Worm: “In paradisum“, in Gabriel Faure’s Requiem; “In Christ there is no East or West“, congregational hymn; “Seek ye first“, sung by Patty LaBelle.

Brain Food:

The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, Mark 4:31–32
which is the smallest of seeds on earth;
it grows up and becomes the greatest of shrubs,
and the birds of the air make nests in its shade.
Give thanks to God, whose promised reign is coming.
Thanks be to God!

God’s work in seeds” by Kathleen Rushton; “Do you, or I, or anyone know . . .” by Pastor Patrick Johnson.

Movies/Videos: The editor’s source for movies & video has been changed so it is no longer really serviceable. However, the editor is looking for other sources.


Study guide, group activity, snacks



: young elementary: activity; bulletin games, craft;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games, craft;




For the summer, we are exploring how faith and science fit together—or do they? The second video in our summer series talks about historical figures who were ostracized from the church for their scientific beliefs. And we begin to look at these figures in greater depth. For this week, pick up your worksheet at church or print from here. The second part of Episode 2 is your reaction to the statement: “Many of modern science’s founders were committed Christians.” You’re to create an emoji. Write it on your worksheet or share it on Friends of SSSJ facebook page.

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