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Scripture:  Mark 4:26-34
[ Summary:
 Jesus teaches us how to grow  in God  ]

Supplies Needed: Optional: Bring in a stick or a twig with dead leaves on it as a prop to show how bad you are at growing flowers.

ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • So I learned something about myself recently: I’m not very good at growing plants. I was trying to grow a flower and look what happened … [hold up the stick] … It died a horrible death!  
  • So I think I did something wrong and maybe you can help me figure out what I did wrong.
  • Can you tell me what a plant needs to grow up to be healthy and strong? (water, sunlight, and soil)
  • And should I help my flower here (or rather – the NEXT flower) get these things? (Yes)
  • Really! OK – but HOW? (put it or plant it where it will get the right amount of sunlight, water it on a regular basis, and maybe plant it in some good soil or fertilizer)
  • That’s very interesting. So – can I just leave some water out for it like I would for the dog?  (Noooooooooo! You have to pour it into the dirt near the plant)
  • Oh, I have to pour the water into the dirt by the plant. I see. But I only have to do that once, right? And then I never have to worry about it again , right? (Nooooooooo! You have to keep doing it)
  • What? I have to water the plant more than once!?!?!?! (YES!) How many times do I have to water it!? (at least once every few days)
  • Wow! That sounds  … a lot like today’s scripture story –  and thank you for your help!

TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • In today's scripture story, Jesus is talking to the people around him about getting small seeds to grow into plants.
  • He points out that when plants receive what they need (which you’ve helped me learn about today), then the plants grow up strong and turn into these very helpful things for the animals – by giving shade and food to the animals.   
  • One of the reasons Jesus is talking about plants and how they grow is because this is also how it works for us with God.

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

  • Just like a plant needs water, soil, and sunlight to grow, so do we need worship, prayer, and learning the Bible stories to grow in God.  
  • Even though these might seem like little things to do, if we keep doing them on a regular basis, just like I’m supposed to water a flower on a regular basis, then we will grow in God’s love, light and life
  • And then, we will be able to share God’s love, light, and life with those around us in a very big way.
  • 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 teaches us…

...who teaches us... to grow in you… to grow in you… that we can share… that we can share…

...your love, light, and life with others.

...your love, light, and life with others.


Posted June 6, 2015
Written by Nathanael Vissia

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Written for Sunday, June 14, 2015

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Year B

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