This Sunday, we hear the parable of the mustard seed growing into a shrub. We’re reminded of the image of the tree of life, the tree that we equate with the cross upon which Jesus was crucified and destroyed death. We might expect the image for this grand reversal to be something bigger, but today’s image reminds us that we find God in even those ordinary, unimpressive things.
Here are our appointed readings for this week for you to read and meditate on as you prepare your hearts for worship this weekend.
The sign of the cedar, planted on the mountain of Israel
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
The righteous shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon
2 Corinthians 5:6-17
In Christ, a new creation
The parable of the mustard seed
Music this week features songs about growth, both literal and figurative as we sing ELW 679 For the Fruit of All Creation and ELW 807 Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. At our indoor service, we have special music in the form of organ and piano duets from Jennifer Schlener-Thomas and Adam Lefever Hughes. The outdoor service features LIVE singing and an appearance of the Herald Choir!
Where does God call you to grow? Is it how you expected to grow? Where does the world need you to grow so that you might be able to serve more fully?