“The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which is the tiniest seed you plant. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such large branches that birds of the air can perch in its shade.” This familiar parable comes to us from Mark 4:30-32. Sunday in worship we witnessed various stages of growth of mustard seeds as the youth led us in worship and it was beautiful to behold and experience. From the recent Confirmands to the poised Seniors these mustard seeds were planted when they were very small and very young, and you, Church, have watered and nurtured them with love and the witness of your faith in Christ. Because you have been so attentive to these young people it is easy to see how much they have grown. After worship a church member said, “Isn’t it wonderful that you can have a Sunday to sit with the choir knowing that worship will be taken care of?” Yes, yes it is wonderful! Their roots are deep and their branches keep reaching up towards the sky. The youth have grown since they were firmly planted in the life of this congregation, and it is exciting to think about how much more they will grow in their faith and their relationship with God. All of you should be very proud of them, but know that I am proud of all of you for helping them, guiding them, loving them all along the way. It is an honor to serve you at this time. Thank you Church, for being the church.