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Leytonstone United Free Church Sunday 13th June 2021

Welcome

After more than a year of Zoom services, we have a novelty today: We’ll get a reflection shared from another country! The pastor of Janosch's church in Germany, Daniel Fricke, brings us some thoughts today on the Kingdom of God.

Bible Reading

Mark 4:26-34

The Parable of the Growing Seed

He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

Setting The Scene

By Janosch Haber

Our flat in Walthamstow has quite a large garden, and in the past few months I have spent many an hour trying to get it in shape. It’s fascinating to see how bulbs that are planted ages suddenly produce little green sprouts and turn into beautiful flowers - without me doing anything. The soil provides plenty of nutrition, rain provides the water - and it seems the little bulb knows what to do all by itself. Which is great, because I certainly wouldn’t be able to tell it what to do.

And the tiny mustard seed turning into a tree? We don’t have a mustard tree in our garden. But we have enough brambles for the rest of the street. And they grow like crazy, I can tell you - creating a bushwork providing sanctuary for birds and foxes alike. There seems to be no keeping up with them.

So - like the people at Jesus’ time - these two parables speak to me - and let’s see if Daniel can explain them in a little more detail later - like Jesus explained them to his disciples.

Call To Worship

Our Father, thanks to you we feel bolstered and positive knowing that, whatever is going on - both home and abroad - we can still gather to pray, worship and to support each other.

We are still in uncertain times. But we can be certain of the love you have for us and the love and trust we have in you. Let us grow together as a church and in faith,

Lord, we are yours.

Song

Bible Reading

Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

1 It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High,

2 proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,

3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.

4 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.

14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,

15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

Song

Desert Song

Song

I Am Yours

Prayer

Intercessions

We pause to offer prayers for those people and situations that are close to our hearts:

For the world......

For our country......

For our community......

For our church......

For our leaders......

For our family and friends......

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Amen

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done

on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespassed against us.

Lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

Forever and ever.

Amen.

Reflection

by Pastor Daniel Fricke

at

Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Helmarshausen, Germany.

Song

We plough the fields

The Grace

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Love of God,

and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit

be with us all

now and forever more.

Amen

Lets us go and take the word of the Lord into the world this week.
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