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When a Mustard Seed Is Planted *LINK*

Posted By: John Schimminger
Date: Tuesday, 8 December 2009 at 10:47 p.m.

Here's a second hymn used at our second "Artists' Eucharist" at St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church in Buffalo NY, celebrated on the Feast of Christ the King this past November 22. The text recalls images used by Jesus to describe the Kingdom of Heaven. The tune is my own arrangement of the traditional Welsh lullaby Suo Gan.

You can listen to the congregational singing of this hymn at:


Your comments are welcome. I'd be happy to provide a copy of the sheet music for this hymn if you would like to try it out.

When a Mustard Seed Is Planted

Tune: Traditional Welsh Melody Suo Gan

When a mustard seed is planted
It's the smallest of the small,
But like Heaven's Kingdom growing
It o'erwhelms and covers all.
Birds shall nest among its branches,
Just as all humanity
May find shelter in the quiet
Shade of God's eternity.

Tiny spores of yeast deep in the
Dough will work a wonder, for
Like the Spirit in the Kingdom,
By their breath they make much more,
So to feed a hungry people.
And in that eternal place
There is plenty and abundance
Through God's endless, loving grace.

Wheat that thrives in spite of weeds or
Treasure buried in a field,
Shining pearl above all others,
Net that ev'ry fish shall yield,
Kingdom of our God that Jesus
Taught and lived to make us free
In those days of love and wisdom
By the Galilean Sea.

Who shall enter? Who shall flourish?
Who shall be the greatest there?
Not the haughty, nor the mighty,
Not the one who scorns to share,
Not the wily nor well spoken,
Not the one by wealth beguiled,
But the soul who comes in wonder,
Like an open hearted child.

Text Copyright 2009 John Schimminger

Listen to "When a Mustard Seed Is Planted"


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