February 12

Parables of the Kingdom

Year 1  ( 2022 – 2023 )


Matthew 13:24-43


Parables: weeds among the wheat, mustard seed, yeast.

Prayer of Confession

Gracious Gardener of Creation,
you scatter your seeds of grace, hope, and love with abandon.
We struggle to comprehend why you’d throw your love around like that.
We think we could do it better—
plowing and planting your sacred seeds in the soil we think best,
carefully measuring out just the right amount
of what we think right and good and needful for it to grow.
Extravagant God,
forgive us for dismissing your ways and doubting your abundance.
You are not frivolous; you are faithful.
Our own roots are shallow
and we quickly fall away when times get tough;
the weeds of our lives—our greed, hatred, apathy, and fear—
choke our commitment to you.
Pull up the weeds within and around us,
so that we may bear good fruit for you.
Let your mercy shower upon us like rain.

Congregational Song Suggestions

Born in the Night, Mary’s Child

GTG 158

Broken World, Broken Dreams

by Chris Shelton

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

“Maker God, Who Breathed Creation (Filled with Awe)”

Text: Jacque Jones

Tune: Ben Brody

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

“Filled with Awe We Come Before You”

by David Bjorlin

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

God, Who Dwells in Light and Darkness

by Chris Shelton

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

VT 443

Let Your Little Light Shine, Shine, Shine

Georgia Sea Island spiritual

Arrangement by Pamela Warrick-Smith

“Longing for Light, We Wait in Darkness (Christ, Be Our Light)”

GTG 314, VT 715

O Come, Great God of Darkness and of Light

by Chris Shelton

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

GTG 833, VT 608

Rising from the Water

from Assembled for Song – Volume 2 by David Gambrell

Available at giamusic.com

Somelandela (We Will Follow)

VT 566

This Little Light of Mine


When Jesus’ Friends Beheld Him

by Adam M. L. Tice

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

Beyond the Hymnal

 “The Climb”

by Jessi Leigh Alexander and Jon Clifton Mabe (made popular by Miley Cyrus)

 “You Raise Me Up”

by Rolf Lovland and Brendan Graham (made popular by Josh Groban)