July 26, 2020 – Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Text: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+13%3A31-33%2C+44-52++&version=CEB

Good Background Video on Matthew (ch. 1-13) – All ages – you’re gonna wanna see this.

  • Link to all the readings for this Sunday:


  • Parable of the Mustard Seed – Godly Play (kids and all ages)
  • Parable of the Leaven – Godly Play (kids and all ages)
  • Parable of the Yeast (kids)
  • Parable of the Treasure – Godly Play (kids and all ages)
  • Parable of the Great Pearl – Godly Play (kids and all ages)
  • Parable of the Net – Scripture w/ images (All ages)

Bible Challenge

Commentaries & Study Tools







https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/slides/Ax_Proper12.pdf (slide show of art and texts, using all of the day’s lectionary)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT7kU7g_sQ4 (Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed – Kids’ Praise Song)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7t9Pxdh058 (Mustard Seed – Cheesy Kids’ Song but Cute, The Real Donut Man)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbVCIIpd9go (Mustard Seed – Country Praise, Erica Sunshine Lee)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS6Er6I2nbM (Mustard Seed – Country Praise, David Ashley Trent)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0hh3BVFOXg (Faith of a Mustard Seed – English/Spanish Praise, Two or More)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVFanDJ55YQ (Mustard Seed – Gospel, Aida Lyrics)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi0F60smI9k (Parable of the Leaven – original, young teens)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66Q3UAuWwxk (Restless/Parable of the Leaven in the 3 Measures of Flour – Praise)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spF71ksl1CA (Treasure in a Field – jazzy/soul-ish – Father Jerry Kaywell & John Bernier – this one surprised me)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn_bnU_rx0M (Treasure in a Field – Christian/Folks, original)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgTDW4qyivo (Pearl of Great Price – Christian Contemporary/Praise)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTLl5c8Y9Vk (Pearl of Great Price – Christian Folk/Praise)



https://re-worship.blogspot.com/search/label/Proper%2012%20A (Disregard the dates at the top. These are still tied to the texts for this week)


https://www.pulpitfiction.com/notes/proper12a *(this podcast also includes lots of resources for study and thought).

https://www.workingpreacher.org/brainwave.aspx?lect_date=07/26/2020&lectionary=rcl *(this podcast also includes additional resources, such as the additional lectionary readings and commentaries for each reading).

Activities for Adults & Couples

https://www.vibrantfaithprojects.org/uploads/1/3/1/1/131152636/lectio_divina.pdf *(Use this week’s text to try a Lectio Divina type of scripture reading. There are 5 parables in this reading. Using Lectio Divina, see where God tries to draw your attention. I wonder why God draws your mind to that part? I wonder what God has to say to you today.)

Activities for Young Adults

https://www.vibrantfaithprojects.org/uploads/1/3/1/1/131152636/lunch_date_with_jesus.pdf *(On your “Lunch Date with Jesus,” use this week’s text – there are actually 5 parables that Jesus tells in this week’s scripture – or use the texts given in the exercise. Enjoy your date with Jesus!)

Activities for Teens

https://www.vibrantfaithprojects.org/uploads/1/3/1/1/131152636/collect_school_supplies.pdf *(While the scripture references are different in this exercise, consider how this way of serving others, and all ways of serving others, connects to this week’s scriptures. Jesus tells 5 parables, all giving us clue as to the Kingdom of Heaven. How does helping others connect to Mustard Seeds, Yeast in Flour, Treasures in the Field, a Pearl or the Fishing Net? Good things to talk about as you and your family help others in your community.)

Activities for Young Families

https://www.vibrantfaithprojects.org/uploads/1/3/1/1/131152636/family_shield.pdf *(Use this week’s scripture, the 5 parables that Jesus is telling, for this family activity. Create a family shield showing how your family can live out the messages of these 5 short stories that Jesus tells about the Kingdom of God). Use drawings, images you find online, magazine cut-outs… or whatever works. Make your shield as BIG as you want!)

Activities for Various Ages


*Link to lots of cooperative games that, just like the Mustard Seed and the Yeast/Leaven, if you do your little part, BIG things can happen!



*(interactive devotional – for all ages – written by young people).


*(These Days, Daily Devotions for Living by Faith) – July 2020