“He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’” – Matthew 13:31-32

Jesus uses the parable of the mustard seed to describe how God can take a small thing and grow it into something big enough to protect and nourish living things—just as the mustard seed becomes the tree. This parable inspires the sermon.

The sermon, written by Mr. Rob Robertson (convener of the PWS&D committee), challenges us to think about our faith, our place in the universe and helping our neighbour.

Change starts not with earth-shattering gestures, but with small seeds—PWS&D donors, partners and projects that are growing healthy, productive, safe and peaceful communities—one individual at a time.

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Hymn Suggestions
334 God who gives to life its goodness
339 Who made the earth and the heaven / He’s got the whole world in his hands
434 For the beauty of the earth
635 Brother, sister, let me serve you
674 In the Bulb there is a flower
762 When the poor ones
792 Let us hope when hope seems hopeless

Scripture Reading
Matthew 13:31-32

Call to Worship
Psalm 95: 1-7a
Leader: O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
All: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Leader: For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.
All: The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
Leader: O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
All: For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.