READING: Matthew 13:31-33
STORY : "Yeast and Mustard Seed"
Rev. Richard J. Fairchild
The following is a children's story for Ordinary 17, Year A.
It is based on the first part of the longer version of the Gospel
Lesson for this Sunday - the parables of the yeast and the mustard
seed. Our intention is to leave the small jars of yeast and of
seed on the Communion Table - one on each side of the Christ
Candle as a reminder of the promise of God that the Kingdom will
grow in our midst from the smallest of beginnings.
A READING FROM MATTHEW 13:31-33
(NRSV) Jesus 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." He told them another parable: "The kingdom
of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with
three measures of flour until all of it was leavened."
L This is the gospel of our Risen Lord.
P Praise be to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
CHILDREN'S TIME: Mustard Seeds and Yeast
Theme: God Grows Great Things From Little Beginnings
Object: Mustard Seed and Yeast
Good morning.... Today I brought with me two little bottles with
some stuff in each one. Can anyone identify what is in this
bottle??? And this one??? Yes - we have here some mustard
seed and some yeast.
Can anyone think of some things in common this mustard seed and
this yeast share in common.... (brown, small, in bottles, round,
mentioned by Jesus today) The two most important things today
about this mustard seed and this yeast is that they are both used
by Jesus to describe to us what God's Kingdom is like - that
kingdom to which we all belong - and they are both very small.
Jesus says that the kingdom of God 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." Now the kind of mustard this is doesn't quite
do that - but, from my time spent on farms in Ontario and
Saskatchewan, I can tell you that from one of these seeds can
come a great crop - that it grows and drops more seeds, and
spreads, and becomes just like a weed - it takes over fields -
and can be found growing along the roadside - and even in cracks
in the pavement. The kingdom of God is like that - if we - small
as unimportant as we are - embrace it - it spreads everywhere.
And this yeast - do you know what happens when you mix it water
and flour and a little salt and sugar? It spreads and grows all
through that mixture and gives us big loaves of bread - with
softness and a wonderful taste - that the flour and water and
sugar and salt just can't achieve by itself. The yeast has an
affect on everything - just from a few tiny particles of it.
Jesus said: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman
took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it
was leavened." Can any of thing of what he meant by that????
(That when it is embraced, it grows and affects everything).
I want you all to think about mustard seed and how it grows and
about yeast and how it changes plain old flour and water into
something special today. When you go home maybe you can get some
out and look at it. Think about how by loving God - by taking
his seed, his yeast, into our lives - everything can be
PRAYER AND THE LORD'S PRAYER
Dear Lord God we thank you for mustard seed and for
the wonders of yeast and for how these things teach
us about your love. Lord - plant your seed into our
lives help us work your yeast into our hearts that
wonderful things may happen.... we ask it in Jesus'
And in the word's Jesus taught us, let us pray:
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 trespass
against us; and lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the
power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen
HYMN: "For The Beauty of The Earth" - VU 226
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