Third Sunday after Pentecost, Lect. 11 B
The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar (as in Ezekiel’s prophecy from this morning), but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, into which we are grafted through baptism. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.
Presiding: Pr. Joseph Crippen
Preaching: Vicar Andrea Bonneville
Readings and prayers: Peggy Hoeft, lector; Steve Berg, Assisting Minister
Organist: Cantor David Cherwien