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Scripture:  John 12:20-33
[ Summary:
Jesus is the seed that grows into the Church. ]

Supplies Needed: Pictures at end of .pdf file. In place of the acorn picture, you might want to use real acorns, if you can find any.

ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • Can you tell me what this is? [show image #1 or real acorn(s)]
  • Yes, very good - they are acorns!
  • So...can you tell me what acorns grow up to be? [ oak trees ]
  • And what do you think -- If we dug up an oak tree, do you think the roots would look like this: [Hold up image #2] or like this [Hold up image #3]?
  • More like this second picture, right?
  • So tell me -- looking at this picture [image 3], where do you think the actual acorn went? (it grew up; it doesn't exist anymore)
  • So what do you think, do you think the acorn stopped existing so that it could turn into a tree?
  • It's almost like the acorn had to die before it could live as an oak tree, isn’t it?

TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • So, in today's scripture story, Jesus knows that he is getting closer to the time when he will be killed.
  • And what he wants to do is help his disciples know how to think about his death and resurrection.
  • One of the ways he does this is by telling them about a grain of wheat -- that it can't do what it is supposed to do -- which is grow into a plant -- unless it dies, first.
  • At first, this seems sad, until we start to realize how much better the plant is than just the seed.
  • The plant can offer all sorts of things like shade and food.
  • It can even produce a whole bunch of more seeds, right?
  • And oak tree, for instance, grows a whole bunch of more acorns, right?
  • This is why I was talking earlier about acorns and oak trees – because it's the same idea that Jesus is talking about in today’s story.

SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • It might seem like a funny way to think about him, but one way to think about Jesus is to think of him as a seed that then grew into the Church.
  • And, if we choose to accept Jesus' invitation to follow him, then we, too, can learn from him how to help the church grow bigger, better, and stronger, just like Jesus did.
  • And that’s the good news for today.


  • Let’s pray.  This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,

Dear God,

Thank you for Jesus…

Thank you for Jesus…

…who shows us…

…who shows us…

…how to grow in you.

…how to grow in you.


Posted March 15, 2015
Written by Nathanael Vissia

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Written for Sunday, March 15, 2015

5th Sunday of Lent

Lectionary Year B

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