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Extraordinary Transformation
Mark 4:26-32

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.”

This week, read Mark 4 in its entirety.  God does not ask us to magically create mustard plants! God simply asks us to plant seeds and water them. God multiplies our gifts and our work, transforming those tiny seeds into something extraordinary!

We are asked to be bold in our faith,
    to follow where Jesus leads us,
       and to leave the outcome in God’s hands.

Do you ever find yourself discouraged, thinking that you don’t have anything “big” enough to contribute to God’s kingdom?

Recall a time in your life that a small decision or gesture turned out to have a big impact.

Are you able to think back and see how God may have been at work in that situation?

What is a “small” gift—time, talent, interest—that you  could place in God’s hands in this coming year?

How might God be able to transform that “mustard seed” into a great tree? Just imagine it!

In this Stewardship Campaign, we have taken a look at the many extraordinary things happening all around us. God has shown us incredible grace, and we have the opportunity every day to discover new and exciting ways in which God is calling us out. We are invited to use our resources in hospitality toward others, to reach out in bold ways to serve our community, and to plant the small seeds of faith that lead to real transformation.

This morning is Commitment Sunday. You will have an opportunity to bring your pledge card forward and lay it on the altar. Coming forward to the altar is all about celebrating God’s abundant blessing in our lives and asking God to bless and multiply the gifts that we are returning this morning. We give because we believe in God’s limitless power to transform what may seem like small, ordinary gifts into life-sustaining, world-changing ministries in our congregation, in our community, and around the world.

We have one more challenge for you this morning. As our Stewardship Campaign draws to a close, we boldly recognize that God’s work in our hearts and lives is never done and never on hiatus!

Do you have a story of transformation?

Are you open to the transformative work that God
may be preparing to do in your life?


If so, we want to hear about it. Just as you heard members of our church family share their stories of transformation this morning, we want to hear from you!

If you have a story to tell, contact Joy Parker, Director of Outreach and Development, at outreach@brecksvilleumc.com or by calling the church office. We believe that following Jesus really changes things, and that is a story we want to keep telling all through the year!
Thank you for your generous support of this church, of our new Planned Expense Account, and of all of the ministry that happens here at Brecksville united Methodist Church.