• CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 84
How lovely is your dwelling place,
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.
• HYMN #36 For the Fruit of All Creation
JOYS AND CONCERNS
OFFERING OF THANKSGIVING
OFFERTORY A Sower Came From Ancient Hills
• HYMN #709 God We Honor You
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
This is a story of Jesus:
A sower went out to sow…
And we are the fertile soil
To whom he gives much,
From whom he expects much.
–silent prayers of confession–
And on the good soil the seed fell and produced plants.
And the plants ripened and produced grain…
thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.
And Jesus said, “If you have ears to hear, then hear.”
And lest we disown the past or forget the future and covet the present,
Jesus also said, “Whatever someone else sowed you are reaping.
And what you sow someone else will reap.”
And that is the way the kingdom comes:
the seed from God and the cooperation from God’s people.
— A Sower Went out to Sow
A Meditation from “Present on Earth,” Iona Community
ASSURANCE OF GRACE AND LOVE
• HYMN #447 We Are Forgiven
• PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of the Lord be with you. And also with you.
SONG OF ILLUMINATION
HYMN #458 Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet
SCRIPTURE Matthew 13:24-43
HYMN #658 God is So Good
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord’s Prayer
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 debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever.
HYMN #714 God of the Fertile Fields
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP
You are invited to sit quietly through the postlude, reflecting on the experiences
of worship today. What moved you? What will you carry with you as you leave?
May this week be a blessing to you and through you to others.