Sunday School, June 17, 2018 4 Pentecost, B proper 6
Parables of the kingdom of God
Jesus tried to translate the life of God and God’s concerns into the language and story of people.
He told stories to try to get people to understand how they were living in God’s kingdom because all of creation is God’s kingdom because God is the creator.
Understanding that we live in the kingdom of God and letting us know how God is close to us was the Good News that Jesus came to tell us.
Parables are stories and in them Jesus used comparisons to teach about the Kingdom of God.
Comparisons use what we call metaphors and similes.
If I say, “He is a bear.” I am comparing a person directly with an big animal who is not bear but that person may behave or look like a bear in some ways.
If someone says, “He eats like a pig” this is not saying that he is a pig but the way in which he slurps his food reminds a person of the way in which a pig eats.
Have everyone think of some well known comparisons.
He’s fast as a..
He’s slow as a
His neck is long as a
So Jesus said, The kingdom of God is like….and what is it like?
It is like seeds which grow become a plant and then has flowers and blossoms and fruits.
The kingdom of God is also our natural created world; and we should recognize that God’s kingdom is creation and it is as common and ordinary and as close as any garden which grows.
The kingdom of God is like a very tiny mustard seed. From this tiny seed a great plant grows and spreads and takes over the entire field or meadow and the birds, bees and insects have plenty of food and a place for their rest and bird nests.
By this Jesus means that big things happen because of the collection of little acts of practice that we do every day.
If you study every day, what happens? Your knowledge collects and some day you do something very big like graduate. But remember you won’t ever graduate unless you study and learn every day.
In sport, you practice do all of the little exercises over and over again so that when the big game comes you can do your very best.
In dance, you go to practice each week and you practice at home so that when the performance and recital comes you are ready.
Jesus came to show us that God’s life of love and fairness could be known and understood and that is why he told us the parables about the kingdom of God. He showed us that we can live better lives if we understand that we live in God’s kingdom.
What is put on the head of the king when he becomes a king? A crown, right.
Today we have read about the selection of the king of Israel. There was a famous judge named Samuel. And God told Samuel to choose the new king of Israel. And God told him to go see Jesse, because Jesse had 8 sons. So Samuel went to Jesse house and Jesse brought the 7 oldest sons to see Samuel. These seven sons were big and strong and Samuel thought that one of them would make a good king. But God said, None of these seven is God’s chosen king for Israel. Do you have another son? Jesse said, “Yes, there is little David but he’s just a shepherd, surely you don’t think that he could be king.” And when David came to Samuel. God said to Samuel, “He is to be king.” Do you think that Samuel put a crown on David’s head? No, he took a horn that was filled with olive oil and he poured it upon David’s head. Would you rather have a crown or oil poured on your head, if you were made king. When you pour oil on someone’s head…he is called the Meshiach… or the Anointed…that means he is chosen by God. In English we don’t say Meshiach, we say Messiah. And how do we say Meshiach in the Greek language? We say Christos or Christ. Jesus is called the Christ or the messiah because he was chosen by God to be a king? But just like the shepherd boy David, Jesus did not always look like a king. But Jesus told stories about the kingdom of God. And he said that it might look like the Caesar and the other kings are in charge, but this world is really the kingdom of God. And Jesus taught us how to see this world as the kingdom of God.
He said that a very tiny mustard seed grows into a large bush. And he said the kingdom of God is like that? What did he mean? Do you want to graduate from school some day? Yes, but you can only graduate from school if you do each and every small homework assignment each day. When all of the little things that you do are added up they begin big and important things.
Jesus taught us that it is all of the little deeds of love and kindness that really make this world keep going. Sometimes we think it is only the famous people who do important things. No so; Jesus said that you can find the kingdom of God in all the really small deeds of love and kindness.
So remember each little thing that you do each is very important: doing your homework, cleaning your room, exercising your muscles, eating good food, being kind….all of these little things add up to make your future life even more special.
Little boy David didn’t look like a king; Jesus did not look like the great Caesar in Rome, but they were God’s chosen kings because they let all of the small deeds of their lives add up to be a great example for us today.
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
17740 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Family Service with Holy Eucharist
June 17, 2018: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Sing a New Song; Lord, I Want to Be a Christian; Jesus, Stand Among Us; Hosanna
Song: Sing a New Song (Renew! # 21)
Refrain: Sing a new song unto the lord; let your song be sung from mountains high. Sing a new song unto the lord, singing, “Alleluia.”
Yahweh’s people dance for joy; O come before the Lord. And play for him on glad tambourines, and let your trumpet sound. Refrain
Liturgist: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
Liturgist: Oh God, Our hearts are open to you.
And you know us and we can hide nothing from you.
Prepare our hearts and our minds to love you and worship you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Liturgist: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Liturgist: Let us pray
Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Litany Phrase: Alleluia (chanted)
O God, you are Great! Alleluia
O God, you have made us! Alleluia
O God, you have made yourself known to us! Alleluia
O God, you have provided us with us a Savior! Alleluia
O God, you have given us a Christian family! Alleluia
O God, you have forgiven our sins! Alleluia
O God, you brought your Son Jesus back from the dead! Alleluia
A reading from the First Book of Samuel
Samuel, the judge went to the sons of Jesse to anoint a new King of Israel. When the sons of Jesse came, he looked on Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord's anointed is now before the Lord." But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, "Neither has the Lord chosen this one." Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, "Neither has the Lord chosen this one." Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, "The Lord has not chosen any of these." Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here." He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, "Rise and anoint him; for this is the one." Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
Liturgist: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
Liturgist: Let us read together from Psalm 92
It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, * and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High;
To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning * and of your faithfulness in the night season;
On the psaltery, and on the lyre, * and to the melody of the harp.
Litany Phrase: Thanks be to God! (chanted)
For the good earth, for our food and clothing. Thanks be to God!
For our families and friends. Thanks be to God!
For the talents and gifts that you have given to us. Thanks be to God!
For this day of worship. Thanks be to God!
For health and for a good night’s sleep. Thanks be to God!
For work and for play. Thanks be to God!
For teaching and for learning. Thanks be to God!
For the happy events of our lives. Thanks be to God!
For the celebration of the birthdays and anniversaries of our friends and parish family.
Thanks be to God!
Liturgist: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come." He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
Liturgist: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Sermon – Father Phil
We did not make ourselves, so we believe that God the Father is the maker of the world.
Since God is so great and we are so small,
We believe God came into our world and was born as Jesus, son of the Virgin Mary.
We need God’s help and we believe that God saved us by the life, death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe that God is present with us now as the Holy Spirit.
We believe that we are baptized into God’s family the Church where everyone is
We believe that Christ is kind and fair.
We believe that we have a future in knowing Jesus Christ.
And since we all must die, we believe that God will preserve us forever. Amen.
Litany Phrase: Christ, have mercy. (chanted)
For fighting and war to cease in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For peace on earth and good will towards all. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety of all who travel. Christ, have mercy.
For jobs for all who need them. Christ, have mercy.
For care of those who are growing old. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety, health and nutrition of all the children in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For the well-being of our families and friends. Christ, have mercy.
For the good health of those we know to be ill. Christ, have mercy.
For the remembrance of those who have died. Christ, have mercy.
For the forgiveness of all of our sins. Christ, have mercy.
Liturgist: The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People: And also with you.
Song during the preparation of the Altar and the receiving of an offering.
Song: Lord, I Want to be a Christian (Renew! # 145)
Lord I want to be a Christian in my heart, in my heart, Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart. In my heart, in my heart, Lord I want to be a Christian in my heart.
Lord, I want to be more loving in heart, in heart, Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart. In my heart, in my heart. Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart.
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart, in my heart. Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart. In my heart, in my heart. Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Prologue to the Eucharist
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, for to them belong the kingdom of heaven.”
All become members of a family by birth or adoption.
Baptism is a celebration of birth into the family of God.
A family meal gathers and sustains each human family.
The Holy Eucharist is the special meal that Jesus gave to his friends to keep us together as the family of Christ.
The Lord be with you
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is very good and right to give thanks, because God made us, Jesus redeemed us and the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts. Therefore with Angels and Archangels and all of the world that we see and don’t see, we forever sing this hymn of praise:
Holy, Holy, Holy (Intoned)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and Might. Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the Highest.
Children may gather around the altar
Our grateful praise we offer to you God, our Creator;
You have made us in your image
And you gave us many men and women of faith to help us to live by faith:
Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachael.
And then you gave us your Son, Jesus, born of Mary, nurtured by Joseph
And he called us to be sons and daughters of God.
Your Son called us to live better lives and he gave us this Holy Meal so that when we eat
the bread and drink the wine, we can know that the Presence of Christ is as near to us as
this food and drink that becomes a part of us.
The Prayer continues with these words
And so, Father, we bring you these gifts of bread and wine. Bless and sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. Bless and sanctify us by your Holy Spirit so that we may love God and our neighbor.
On the night when Jesus was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."
After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, "Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."
Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. When we eat this holy Meal of Bread and Wine, we are telling the entire world about the life, death and resurrection of Christ and that his presence will be with us in our future.
Let this holy meal keep us together as friends who share a special relationship because of your Son Jesus Christ. May we forever live with praise to God to whom we belong as sons and daughters.
By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory
is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.
And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now sing,
(Children rejoin their parents and take up their instruments)
Our Father: (Renew # 180, West Indian Lord’s Prayer)
Our Father who art in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done: Hallowed be thy name.
Done on earth as it is in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Give us this day our daily bread: Hallowed be thy name.
And forgive us all our debts: Hallowed be thy name.
As we forgive our debtors: Hallowed be thy name.
Lead us not into temptation: Hallowed be thy name.
But deliver us from evil: Hallowed be thy name.
Thine is the kingdom, power, and glory: Hallowed be thy name.
Forever and ever: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!
Words of Administration
Communion Song: Jesus Stand Among Us, Renew! #17
Jesus stand among us, at the meeting of our lives, be our sweet agreement at the meeting of our eyes; O, Jesus, we love You, so we gather here, join our hearts in unity and take away our fear.
So to You we’re gathering out of each and every land. Christ the love between us at the joining of our hand; O, Jesus, we love You, so we gather here, join our hearts in unity and take away our fear.
Jesus stand among us, the breaking of the bread, join us as one body as we worship Your, our Head. O, Jesus, we love You, so we gather here, join our hearts in unity and take away our fear.
Everlasting God, we have gathered for the meal that Jesus asked us to keep;
We have remembered his words of blessing on the bread and the wine.
And His Presence has been known to us.
We have remembered that we are sons and daughters of God and brothers
and sisters in Christ.
Send us forth now into our everyday lives remembering that the blessing in the
bread and wine spreads into each time, place and person in our lives,
As we are ever blessed by you, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Closing Song: Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest! (Renew! # 71)
1 Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest! Lord we lift up your name with hearts full of praise; Be exalted, oh Lord my God! Hosanna in the highest!
2 Glory, Glory, glory to the King of kings! Glory, Glory, glory to the King of kings! Lord we lift up your name with hearts full of praise; Be exalted oh Lord my God! Glory to the King of kings!
Liturgist: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!