Mustard Seed – a hymn text

mustard treeBecause both the Mark and Matthew lections about the mustard seed come up in summer, I looked for a hymn to match that would be singable for a smaller or less musically enthusiastic congregation. I wrote this hymn text to be sung to NEW BRITAIN (Amazing Grace). Other Common Meter (CM) tunes that fit well are AZMON and LAND OF REST.

You are welcome to use it with credit; let me know where in the comments. Thanks!

“Mustard Seed”

Oh, once there was a mustard seed
Almost too small to see.
I planted it and watched it grow
Into a spreading tree.

The tree became a home for birds;
The branches held their nests.
The birds they came from miles around
to find a place to rest.

But mustard seeds will never grow
Into such spreading trees
We tell the tale so we will know
God’s kingdom yet to be.

How can we live our lives today
to be the mustard seed?
We’ll share God’s love with all we meet
and help the ones in need.

Oh, once there was a mustard seed
Almost too small to see.
I planted it and watched it grow
Into a spreading tree.

(copyright Martha K. Spong, 2008)

10 thoughts on “Mustard Seed – a hymn text

  1. kim robinson

    We are having a community garden planted at our church Knox-St. Pauls in Cornwall Ontario and it’s being called the Mustard Seed Garden. We are doing a hymn sing for the ground breaking and this song is perfect.

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      1. kim robinson

        Our choir director used the tune of Forest Green and it worked very well. It was a huge success. Thank you for allowing us to use your beautiful lyrics.

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  2. Marilyn Pow

    We are a small 125 year old church on a tiny island in Lake Erie. The island is called Pelee island and we are the southern most inhabited land in Canada. The minister thinks he can stump me with sermon topics and relevant hymns. Wait until he sees this on Sunday.
    Thank-you.

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