SUNDAY WORSHIP

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 13:1-9 and 18-23

SERMON TITLE: Sow, Sow, Sow Your Seeds

 

9:45 Fellowship Check-In to see and hear our friends and family.  We can chat as if we are in the Narthex until 10:00 when the service begins.  Please mute your microphone when you are not participating to reduce noise.

CHECK-IN    Please mute unless talking.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Unmute yourself to participate.

 

WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN GOD AT WORK?  Unmute yourself to participate.

Then please mute yourself until Joys and Concerns.

PRAYER BREATHING (From Psalm 13)

 IN       “Your word is a lamp …”

Hold   (4 counts)

OUT   “a light to my path…”

Hold   (4 counts)

 

CALL TO WORSHIP: Cal and Linda White

L: God has abundantly cast God’s seeds of love and hope upon us.
P: May we be fruitful soil for the planting and growing of hope and peace.
L: Come, let us praise God who is so generous with us.
P: Let us sing songs of joy to God.
L: Hallelujah!
P: Hallelujah!

OPENING HYMN: My Life Is in You, Lord  TFWS #2032

HYMN: 

 

JOYS AND CONCERNS  

Share out Loud  Unmute yourself to participate.

Then please mute yourself until the end of the service.

OPENING PRAYER: Margie Schriener

God of abundant love, we come to you this day in the midst of opportunity for great growth and coming harvest. All around us are possibilities for growth, in our earth, in our families, in our nation, in our world. We come this day, seeking your healing love and abounding mercy. Open our hearts to receive all that you offer that we may become fruitful workers for you. AMEN.

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

Lord, our spirits are on a pandemic time schedule. We change things around in our lives to accommodate the limitations that are placed upon us. Help us remember that even in the midst of change and uncertainty you are with us. Hear our cries of frustration when the plans that we have so carefully crafted do not work out. Be with us in all of our life journeys, guiding our lives and our steps. Again, lavishly pour your love and mercy on us. Prepare us to serve you in all that we do as we praise your holy name …

… together with the confidence of God’s children as Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

CENTERING HYMN: Thy Word Is a Lamp UMH #601

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 13:1-9 and 18-23 Janet Wysong

That day Jesus went out of the house and sat down beside the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he climbed into a boat and sat down. The whole crowd was standing on the shore.

He said many things to them in parables: “A farmer went out to scatter seed. As he was scattering seed, some fell on the path, and birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on rocky ground where the soil was shallow. They sprouted immediately because the soil wasn’t deep. But when the sun came up, it scorched the plants, and they dried up because they had no roots. Other seed fell among thorny plants. The thorny plants grew and choked them. Other seed fell on good soil and bore fruit, in one case a yield of one hundred to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of thirty to one. Everyone who has ears should pay attention.”

18 “Consider then the parable of the farmer. 19 Whenever people hear the word about the kingdom and don’t understand it, the evil one comes and carries off what was planted in their hearts. This is the seed that was sown on the path. 20 As for the seed that was spread on rocky ground, this refers to people who hear the word and immediately receive it joyfully. 21 Because they have no roots, they last for only a little while. When they experience distress or abuse because of the word, they immediately fall away. 22 As for the seed that was spread among thorny plants, this refers to those who hear the word, but the worries of this life and the false appeal of wealth choke the word, and it bears no fruit. 23 As for what was planted on good soil, this refers to those who hear and understand, and bear fruit and produce—in one case a yield of one hundred to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of thirty to one.”

SERMON TITLE: Sow, Sow, Sow Your Seeds

 

GOING FORTH: Melissa Pryor

Today, O God, we have turned to you in search of direction for our lives, and you did not turn us away. You have opened our ears to your word, our eyes to your purpose, and our hearts to your presence. Now send us forth as people who hear with their ears, see with their eyes, and understand with their hearts, that your word might bear fruit within us and through us.

DISMISSAL HYMN:  Shalom to You UMH #666

 

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

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