The Kingdom of Heaven is Like… Wheat and Weeds

Wheat Fields with Reaper at Sunrise by Vincent van Gogh

Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

Click Here for a thoughtful devotion by Steve Garnaas-Holmes entitled Weeds Among the Wheat.

Below you will find a worship resource which brings together three scriptures on the themes of God’s patience and the dangers of judging one another, central themes to the parable of the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13:24-30). In between each scripture reading is the chorus of You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (United Methodist Hymnal #629) used as a sung prayer of illumination. – Lisa <><

Worship Resource- The Wheat and the Weeds
ONE: God’s Word is often referred to as the Bread of Life. Today’s fresh bread reminds us of God’s patience and the dangers of judging one another. Please join me in singing the chorus of You Satisfy the Hunger Heart as a prayer between each scripture reading.

ALL SINGING:
You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat,
Come give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.

ONE: Matthew 13:24-30 (NRSV)
Jesus put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, “An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”

ALL SINGING
You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat,
Come give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.

ONE: 2 Peter 3:9 (NRSV)
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

ALL SINGING:
You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat,
Come give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.

ONE: Romans 14:10-13 (NRSV)
Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” So then, each of us will be accountable to God. Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another.

ALL SINGING
You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat,
Come give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.

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Scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

You Satisfy the Hungry Heart © 1977 The Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Compilation © 2011 Nicole Sallee and Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

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