Second Sunday after Pentecost Holy Communion Sunday “Faith and Growth”
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Communion Sunday
June 6th, 2021
Welcome and Call to worship
- “Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”
- “And Can it Be”
Prayers of Adoration and Confession and the Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: “We Come as Guests Invited”
The Scripture: Mark 4:26-34
Sermon: “Faith and Growth”
The Communion Hymn: “Behold the Lamb”
The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
- “Sent Forth by God's Blessing.”
Faith and Growth
Growth is a favourite subject for people to speak about.
We speak of children growing. farmers speak about crops in the fields growing.
Growth is a favorite topic of conversation in church circles. We often ask: “Is the church growing?”
In the Gospel of Mark 4:26-34, Jesus tells two Parables about tiny seeds to illustrate the idea of the Kingdom of God.
There are two important things for us to learn today from these two parables:
FIRST: Most of important things of life are invisible, but they are more powerful than the things we can see.
Examples: Air, love, mercy. We cannot see them, but we can see their effect.
Theses invisible things teach us something very important about TRUST.
Trust is the big theme in today's Parables. We plant a seed, trusting that it will grow into a full plant - whether we are awake or asleep, we trust that the seed will grow.
If we are faithful in God's field, He will give us all we need, because we trust in God’s promises.
SECOND: the most successful and the greatest accomplishments - and the kingdom of God itself - is and are based on - and arise out of - the smallest and least significant things.
The mustard seed is a small seed, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs.
- Jesus said the kingdom of God is like the mustard seed.
- The kingdom of God begins and works through little things.
The signs of God's kingdom are not big churches, big congregations, or gold and silver – but Bread and Cup – Water of baptism, ORDINARY STUFF which can be found in most people's refrigerators.
- God's work is done by normal people... people like you and me.
God is the author of all good things. It is God who calls us to work in His Kingdom and provides for its growth.
Live your faith by trusting God and opening yourself to Him. Do your part in growing the kingdom of God on earth and let God do the rest. Amen.