Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 11, or the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Gathering Music: “Blessed Be the Lord, the God of Israel” 3x grad. Faster; Campfire Songbook p.15 ~ Pastor Scott
Welcome and Announcements
Please join us for Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship, again Monday morning at 8:00 AM and Friday morning at 8:00 AM. Our Next Zoom Bible Study will be Monday, July 20th, 2020 10 AM. We will be examining Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. Session will next meet at 10 AM via Zoom Monday July 27th.
Prelude: Sweet Hour of Prayer, arr. by Martha Mier
Call to Worship
We have come to worship the living God.
Who knit us together when we were yet unnamed, and welcomes us with a parent’s embrace.
We have come to worship the almighty God,
Who searches us and knows our hearts, and still loves us completely.
We have come to worship the eternal God,
Who seeks us wherever we are and shepherds us with a guiding hand.
Come, let us worship the Lord:
Prayer of the Day
Rock of Israel and cornerstone of our common life, you are not bound by our visions, our structures, our doctrines. We cannot predict your coming or going, yet you have given us your story, your family, your work to do. Meet us here. Shape us for service in your world, for we carry the name of Jesus and live by the power of your breath. Amen.
Hymn #401 “Gather Us In”
Invitation to Healing
There is no need for pretense in this sacred time together. Scripture stories are full of people like us: men who grieved, women who questioned, siblings who did not get along, parents who chose favorites. Just like the people of Scripture’s stories, God’s word of grace and healing is meant for us, too. So with one voice we pray:
Prayer Seeking Wholeness
O Lord, you have searched us and known us. You know when we cultivate kindness and our lives bear fruit that blesses the world. You know, too, when our words sow seeds of discord and our actions choke out generosity and grace. When we produce more weeds than wheat, forgive us. As we wait with eager longing for your reign to be further revealed in our midst, plant within us gifts of love and mercy, so that we might live as God’s children and bear fruit that enriches your harvest. To further your cause, help me, O God, to prune from my life…
After a moment of personal silence, we continue in prayerful song:
Kyrie: Hymn #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy!”
Assurance of God’s Presence and Offering a Sign of Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you! And also with you! Please share a sign of peace.
Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!”
Celebrating Joys – Where we have seen God at work
Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”
Prayer of Illumination:
Holy One, you love with a father’s tenderness, a mother’s zeal. Move now in our hearts. Breathe through the words we hear, the songs we share, the burdens we carry, until we discover our purpose in your liberating love, for we long to join creation’s praise and to shine with the mercy of Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Hebrew Prophet: Genesis 28:10-19a
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Romans 8:12-25
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Bible Story and Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “Different Kind of Sowing“ ~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane
Please spend several moments in silent reflection.
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn #775 “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”
Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32:
The life, death, resurrection, and promised coming of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church’s mission. His human life involves the church in the common life of all people. His service to men and women commits the church to work for every form of human well-being.
Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”
The Lord’s Prayer
Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
God blesses us that we might carry that blessing into the world. Let us give with grateful hearts.
Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. Membership supports our ministry with a monthly tithe. For membership inquiries, the church email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Mission Statement:
Living our faith dedicated to all God’s people through worship and action.
Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Vision Statement:
To provide a place for people of faith to be enlightened, renewed and challenged to go into the community and world to serve others by meeting physical and spiritual needs.
Closing Hymn: #350 “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning”
Sisters and brothers, however dark the night gets, whatever fears or fragilities inhabit your beings, know that you are held by a love like this: the Creator who made you still claims you in covenant love. The Redeemer who died for your sake lives again by the word of God; the Sustainer of all breathes courage into your heart.
All this, which grants us life and peace, guide us as we seek to love and serve in turn.
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Questions for Reflection
How has your understanding of the relationship between suffering and faith (or vulnerability and trust) changed over time? What experiences of God’s grace do you need to acknowledge and anoint?
Household Prayer: Morning
In whatever shelter I wake this morning I know this place is holy because you meet me here. As I wash my body and prepare for the day, I remember baptismal waters and the claim upon my life. Wherever darkness looms, Sovereign God, traffic in mercy this day. Traffic in mercy this day. Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
As darkness spreads over the land, I trust that you move in it. As I yield the night to sleep and dreams, I pray you would remake me into a servant bold, for the sake of Jesus. Amen.