“We are so impressed by scientific clank that we feel we ought not to say that the sunflower turns because it knows where the sun is. It is almost second nature to us to prefer explanations . . . with a large vocabulary. We are much more comfortable when we are assured that the sunflower turns because it is heliotropic. The trouble with that kind of talk is that it tempts us to think that we know what the sunflower is up to. But we don’t. The sunflower is a mystery, just as every single thing in the universe is.” – Robert Farrer Capon
Gathering “Cristofori’s Dream” – David Lanz
. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.
Guest and visitors, please fill out one of the “Welcome” Cards found in the pew Bibles and place it in the offering plate.
Song of Gathering “Gathered Here in the Mystery of This Hour” (four part canon)
Gathered here in the myst’ry of this hour
Gathered here in one strong body
Gathered here in the struggle and the pow’r
Spirit, draw near
Welcome to Worship Ezekiel 17: 22-24
Thus says the Lord God:
I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out.
I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs;
I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.
On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar.
Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind.
All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord.
I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it.
Song of Worship “I will Come to You in the Silence” insert
Offering Music “Holy, Holy, Holy” –John Dykes, arr. Marilyn Reimer
Special Music “God Will Make a Way” – Don Moen, arr Mark Hayes
Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building
Song of Prayer “Lord, You Sometimes Speak” #594
Words of the Bible Mark 4: 26-34
“The kingdom of God is as if one would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the weed would sprout and grow, it is not known how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. And when the grain is ripe, at once the sickle is taken up, because the harvest has come.”
Jesus also said,
“With what can we compare the realm of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
Song of Response “Veni Sancte Spiritus” #298
Responding to the Bible Words ‘mysterious seeds’ Kathryn Whitacre
*Song of Response “You Shall Go Out With Joy” #427
*Words of Sending
The real mystery of life is not a problem to be solved – it is reality to be experienced. – J.J. Van der Leeuw
*Sending Music “How Majestic Is Your Name” – arr. Fred Bock