Sunday, July 12, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 12, 2020

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
11:00A.M.

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                                                     John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit Come, Let Us Gather (Trad., arr. Donald Moore)

Come, let us gather now to sing
Praises and thanks to God, our King.
God’s love surpasses everything.

 

Call to Worship

L: God’s love is boundless and reaches into the unknown and distant places of the earth.
P: But it’s also an intimate love which touches us in the hidden fears and joys of our own lives.
L: Be assured that God’s love is present for you in the caring of this community.
P: Be assured that the ways of God’s love are still surprising and mysterious and call us to new and exciting places.
L: For this awesome love, we gather in thanksgiving for the past and in anticipation of the future.

 

Opening Hymn Gather Us In                                                         TFWS 2236 Vs. 1,2 & 4

1. Here in this place new light is streaming
Now is the darkness vanished away
See in this space our fears and our dreamings
Brought here to you in the light of this day
Gather us in, the lost and forsaken
Gather us in, the blind and the lame
Call to us now and we shall awaken
We shall arise at the sound of our name


2. We are the young, our lives are a mystery
We are the old who yearn for your face
We have been sung throughout all of history
Called to be light to the whole human race
Gather us in, the rich and the haughty
Gather us in, the proud and the strong
Give us a heart so meek and so lowly
Give us the courage to enter the song


4. Not in the dark of buildings confining
Not in some heaven light years away
But here in this place the new light is shining
Now is the kingdom, now is the day
Gather us in and hold us forever
Gather us in and make us your own
Gather us in, all peoples together
Fire of love in our flesh and our bones
Fire of love in our flesh and our bones

 

Psalter Lesson                                                                                 Psalm 119:105-112

Your Living Word, loving God, is a lamp for my feet,
a light on the path where I must go.
In my confirmation I have made my vows to you,
to trust Christ and try always do your will.
When I’m under pressure and feeling ragged,
give me new life, loving God, as you have promised.
Accept the songs of praise which I offer, my God,
and teach me to fulfill your loving purposes.
You hold my life in your hands continually,
and I do not forget the love you have commanded.
On a side path, evil schemers have set a trap for me
but I have not strayed outside your guidelines.
It is the way of my Lord that is my eternal heritage,
it is the very joy of my heart’s desiring.
My heart yearns to fulfill all your wishes,
to follow nothing but you for ever.
The Word of God….Thanks be to God

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response Cares Chorus                                                        TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

Gospel Lesson                                                                                   Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
The Word of God for the People of God….Thanks Be to God

 

Sermon “Generously Sowing Seeds of Faith”                                  Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “I Know Whom I Have Believed” (Smith)

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own,
But “I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.”
I know not how this saving faith
To me he did impart,
Nor how believing in His word
Wrought peace within my heart.
I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I’ll walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Gracious God, we give you thanks for what you have done for us through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. And now we pray you would accept these gifts of love and bless them. May they become agents of your love and care for those who hunger and thirst, who are naked and in prison. Lord, we thanks you that you have given us opportunities like this to share the benefits of your love with the world outside these walls, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn “Christ Taught Us Of a Farmer” Carolyn Winfrey Gilette

AURELIA 7.6.7.6 D (“The Church’s One Foundation”)

1. Christ taught us of a farmer who went out sowing seeds.
A few had trouble growing among the rocks and weeds.
But others grew till harvest in soil that was so good.
O God, you sow the gospel: The seed is your own word.


2. You sowed your word of love here so many years ago.*
Your message found a welcome; your word began to grow.
By grace, this church was built here by saints who followed you.
The seed took root and flourished: we hear and follow, too.


3. We thank you for each member who lives in loving ways,
For those who seek to serve you without expecting praise.
For hearts and songs uplifted, for work and sacrifice.
The seed you planted grows here: we grow in Jesus Christ.

 

Benediction

L: Dear God, please sow your seeds of love in us. If our hearts become like stony ground,
P: please soften them.
L: If our hearts are like busy footpaths,
P: please save us from temptations.
L: If our hearts sprout with nestles and thistles,
P: please clean out all such weeds.
L: When our hearts become like good, clean soil,
P: please help us to harvest truth, kindness and happiness.
L: In the name of Jesus who planted and grew nothing but good seed.

 

Choral Benediction “Let Us Live In Peace” (John/Taupin)

Holy Moses, let us live in peace;
Let us try to find a way to make the hatred cease.
There’s a man over there
What’s his color? I don’t care -
He’s my brother – let us live in peace.
Let us live in peace.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Postlude “We Are All In This Together” (King)

The just are seeking justice
The meek are reaching out
For something only children
Can really know about

And some men cry for mercy
While they deny their brothers’ pain
And some men laugh for reasons
They can never quite explain

We are all in this together
And maybe we’ll see that one day
When we conquer our fear together
When we finally find a way

And we all need forgiving
For all the damage done
For the things we do, not thinking
For the hurt that we’ve caused someone

But me, I keep on living
Caught somewhere there between
The reason and the meaning
The vision and the dream

We are all in this together
Oh, I know that sounds easy to say
But for now I won’t say forever
But let’s all agree someday …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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