Greeters: Becky and Rylee Fultz
July 14, 2019
5th Sunday after Pentecost
Merciful God, you plant each of us like seeds in the same field and together we are nourished and nurtured by the sun. When we are reluctant to acknowledge that we ourselves are a mixture of weeds and wheat, forgive us. When we are afraid to look into the fields of our own lives to see what is growing there, forgive us. O God, you know us inside and out, through and through. So we pray that you will help us to reach out to the uprooted and rejected, the lonely and the outcast, and to develop and grow the good in ourselves, in others and in the world.
Hymns are from the chorus book and the brown hymnal.
*indicates that congregation should stand, if able
PRELUDE WITH CANDLE LIGHTING
MEDITATION HYMN (Please remain seated)
“Change My Heart” Chorus 2
*CALL TO WORSHIP (read responsively)
L: God has scattered the seed of love and compassion lavishly to the world.
P: But some of the seed is wasted. It has fallen into ruin and decay.
L: There will always be enough seed that falls into the good soil.
P: But how will we know? Help us, Lord, discern the goodness that has been poured out to us.
*OPENING PRAYER (unison)
Merciful God, you plant each of us like seeds in the same field and together we are nourished and nurtured by the sun. We sway in the wind and are refreshed by the rain. We are blessed by the knowledge that you want us to grow towards what you call us to be. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
*HYMN: “Open the Eyes of My Heart” (Chorus) 111
FIRST LESSON: Psalm 37:1-6 Pew Bible p. 466
L: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
P: Thanks be to God.
SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS
*Lord’s Prayer (page x at front of red hymnal)
*Doxology Back cover of brown hymnal
Prayer of Thanksgiving
*HYMN: “I Want to Be Like Jesus” 175
SERMON TEXT: Matthew 13:24-30 Pew Bible p. 818
SERMON: “Stuck in the Weeds”
Josh Randolph–Youth & Adult Education Coordinator
*HYMN: “Living for Jesus” 165