Sunday 13th June


Call to worship
In this moment we pause to meet with God:
The God who welcomes us regardless of time and place,
The God who encourages us to learn and love,
The God who challenges us to change and grow.
The God who loves us for what we are
Let us worship his name together.

Song
We are marching in the light of God - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SOWN0_0lrk

Prayers    
A prayer of praise and thanksgiving

God of grace and growth, you have called us to plant the seeds of your kingdom in the fields of your world, and to trust you for their developing and flourishing – and so we praise you.
For the abundance of your creativity: we praise you.
For the transforming nature of your Spirit: we praise you.
For the power of small beginnings: we praise you.
For the mystery of hidden growth: we praise you.
And for the harvest we are invited to delight in: we praise you.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

A prayer of confession and an Assurance of forgiveness

God of all, you do not force growth but nurture it.
Forgive us when we want too much too soon.
You do not start big but start small.
Forgive us when we want too much too soon.
You do not sow greedily but graciously.
Forgive us when we want too much too soon.
You do not hurry the harvest but hallow it.
Forgive us when we want too much too soon.
Forgive us, and accept the work of our hands,
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Living God,
from a mustard seed to a tree, from I to we,
in you we grow. 
In the mystery of the unseen, from brown field to green,
in you we grow. 
By faith and not by sight, by day and by night,
in you we grow. 
Forgiven and freed, through word and deed,
in you we grow. 
As we sow and reap, as we laugh and weep,
in you we grow. 
May your kingdom come, Father, Spirit, Son,
as in you we grow. Amen.
 
Bible reading - Mark 4 v 26 – 34 - Good News Bible
The Parable of the Growing Seed

Jesus went on to say, “The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field. He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens. The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the head, and finally the head full of grain. When the grain is ripe, the man starts cutting it with his sickle, because harvest time has come.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

“What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” asked Jesus. “What parable shall we use to explain it? It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground. After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade.”

Jesus preached his message to the people, using many other parables like these; he told them as much as they could understand. He would not speak to them without using parables, but when he was alone with his disciples, he would explain everything to them.

Video bible story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hg7uK1wR0M

 

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Songs
I want to serve the purpose of God - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy3Oh0fMdLE
My number One - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R07vTSfcjAM

Prayers of intercession
God of small seeds and mighty plants, you take our meager lives and with your love cause them to produce acts of loving kindness for you in this world. We bring our prayers for those we know and those unknown to us.
We seek to journey with you and with them,
to support and uphold them with prayer and love.
For those who journey with illness and pain,
transform them by your grace, Lord.
For those searching for meaning and purpose,
transform them by your grace, Lord.
For those wanting to belong and yet seemingly
always on the edge,
transform them by your grace, Lord.
For those who lack confidence in themselves,
transform them by your grace, Lord.
For those who have no faith, no vision for an eternal future,
transform them by your grace, Lord.
For those who live with lies, secrets and untruths,
transform them by your grace, Lord.
For those who live without the very basic foundations of life:
without food and water and homes,
transform them by your grace, Lord.
By praying for these, we know that we must walk and work
hand in hand with you, to relieve their suffering and pain.
We trust our prayers, our loving and our living, to your
almighty and eternal presence.
Amen.

Song
Build your kingdom here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6iVLeNfl2U

Blessing
Go from this place filled with God’s grace offered to you through story and song.
Share that grace so that others might learn how special it is and in so doing strive to make the word a better place.
Do not cease until all everyone is wrapped in the love of God and able to flourish and grow.
Do not cease until God’s Kingdom comes on earth as in heaven. Amen
 
Activities
Work sheet - https://www.rootsontheweb.com/media/22509/13-june-activity-sheet.pdf

Plant some mustard and cress seeds and see how high they can grow