Eighth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 12, or the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Gathering Music: #753 “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” ~ 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, August 3rd., 2020 10 AM.
Prelude: “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” Arr. by John Purifoy
Call to Worship
O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, Ps. 105:1–6
make known his deeds among the peoples.
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.
Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
Prayer of the Day
Holy God, we try to fix and fasten you, but you will not be stayed. You are love in motion: always breathing us into being, calling us to serve, sustaining us in the wilderness. Come to us as the morning breaks. Soften what has grown dry and brittle in our hearts until we worship with abandon, for we pray in the name of the Son you sent and through the Spirit that gives us life. Amen.
Hymn #450 “Be Thou My Vision”
Invitation to Healing
Sisters and brothers, Ps. 105:8
God never forgets God’s promises; God’s covenant endures in each new generation. We are free to speak the truth about our lives because God’s faithfulness embraces us as we examine our hearts.
Prayer Seeking Wholeness
God of mystery, God of life, Matt. 13:31–33, 44–52
we imagine that we are capable judges of power and wisdom and goodness. We trust our own standards; we separate and categorize; we mark the performance of others. We fail to trust your power, hidden in all things. We fail to watch for you, working out your purposes. Gracious God, hidden and manifest, transform our withered imaginations until we yield, and trust to a love we cannot control. Specifically, help me to let go of…
After a moment of personal confession, 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:
Spirit of life, Rom. 8:26
we do not know how to pray as we ought. Meet us in words written, in words spoken; intercede for us with sighs too deep for words, until we shine with the hope that is hidden in our hearts, for we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Hebrew Prophet: Genesis 29:15-28
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Romans 8:26-39
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading and Story for the Young at Heart: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “For Such a Time as This” ~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane
Please spend several moments in silent reflection.
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn #815 “Give to the Winds Thy Fears”
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
The apostle Paul promises that all things work Rom. 8:28
together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. We trust that God will bring forth good from that which we offer today.
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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: #804 “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!”
Go—as seed and yeast, Matt. 13:31–33, 44–52
willing to lose your life in the larger purposes of God. Go—as fisherfolk and treasure seekers, pouring out your days in search of hidden grace.
May God, who searches the heart, Rom. 8:26–28
Jesus, whose love overcomes all division, and the Spirit, which helps us in our weakness, continue to lead you into life that you may serve with abandon and joy.
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Questions for Reflection
Are there dilemmas or relationships in which you feel separated from the love of God? Can you imagine that God might be at work there, bringing life in unexpected ways? What would change if you were to claim the promise that nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord?
Household Prayer: Morning
God of ferment, God of life, as I recall the night’s unsettled dreams . . .as I foresee the day’s demands . . .come to me in the desires of my heart, in the anger of the excluded, in all I might discount—until I find you everywhere, until your holy love leavens every impulse, for I pray in the name of Jesus, whose surprising call continues. Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Joy of my heart, thank you for this day’s unexpected turns: for provision when I was stymied and laughter born of grace. As I rest in your mercy open my heart to your unruly love and the neighbors you have put in my path. Amen.