For the Son of Man was raised up
so that everyone who believes in Jesus
may have eternal life.
Look on Jesus, lifted up,
lifted high to redeem the world.
Gospel Reading - The kingdom is like a seed
26 "Here is another story illustrating what the Kingdom of God is like:
"A farmer sowed his field, 27 and went away, and as the days went by, the seeds grew and grew without his help. 28 For the soil made the seeds grow. First a leaf-blade pushed through, and later the wheat-heads formed and finally the grain ripened, 29 and then the farmer came at once with his sickle and harvested it."
30 Jesus asked, "How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story shall I use to illustrate it? 31,32 It is like a tiny mustard seed! Though this is one of the smallest of seeds, yet it grows to become one of the largest of plants, with long branches where birds can build their nests and be sheltered."
33 He used many such illustrations to teach the people as much as they were ready to understand.a 34 In fact, he taught only by illustrations in his public teaching, but afterwards, when he was alone with his disciples, he would explain his meaning to them.. . . . .Mark 4:26-34
- Literally, "as they were able to hear."
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.