February 5, 2023: Growing the Kingdom of God

And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out 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 without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything. —Mark 4:30–34. 

February 5, 2023

Call to Worship: Psalm 126

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn: #363 We Gather Together
Hymn: #715 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Scripture Reading: Mark 4:26–29

Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed 
Prayer of Confession
#699 Like a River Glorious
Pastoral Prayer


Sermon: Growing the Kingdom of God 
Scripture: Mark 4:30–34
(Rev. Dr. Martin Hawley)
Closing Prayer
Closing Hymn: 
#345 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken