Order of Worship for Sunday, July 8, 2018

Posted July 6th, 2018

Gathering Music    “Italian Hymn” with “Come, Thou Almighty King”    – arr. Travis and Whitworth

Sharing Time

Faith Formation Connection Experiment Question – Week #6

What was challenging about this past week?

. . . 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.

Music    “Interlude V”    – Mark Hayes

*Call to Worship

One:  Welcome, followers of Jesus! Welcome to worship!

All:  We gather together – at Annual Conference and on screens across the country and the world.

One:  Together, we are the body of Christ, no matter where we are.

All:  Some have been discussing and praying during business sessions, sharing meals, and worshiping together at Annual Conference in Cincinnati.  Some have been at home, maintaining daily schedules and routines.

One:  How blessed we are to worship as one family in the name of Jesus; the One who calls us to go forth and share our faith.

All:  Annual Conference has put forth the challenge to accept the call to be Living Parables.

One:  Annual Conference has put forth the challenge to; proclaim the Good News, teach, heal, show compassion and welcome everyone into God’s family.

All:  Let us worship with grateful hearts, willing to answer God’s call to proclaim this Good News.

*Opening Song    “Tu has venido a la orilla”    #229

(“Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”)

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “Give Thanks”    – arr. Mark Hayes

Offering Prayer

Special Music    “I’ll Be On My Way”    – Shawn Kirchner

Children’s Time                                                                                                         

Following story:    Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Prayer Song    “O Lord, Hear My Prayer”    #348

Unison Prayer of the Community

The seed of Your kingdom is forever being sown into our lives, our world, O God.

But it doesn’t always take root. Sometimes it fails to find a place to grow.

And so we pray…

For ourselves and others when life makes us hard and resistant like a well-trodden path where old habits, old systems and old patterns of thinking keep your message from growing;

For ourselves and others when we become so immersed in the short-lived, shallow, rock-hiding soil of the moment where Your life too easily gets blown away by the wind;

For ourselves and others when our fears, insecurities, desires and self-absorption tangle like thorns around Your grace and choke it into silence;

For ourselves and others when Your truth brings out the best in us and we grow fruitful in compassion and justice in service and worship.

The seed of Your kingdom is forever being sown into our lives and our world, O God;

May it find good soil, may it grow and may it produce a harvest of life, peace, joy and love in us and across the globe.  Amen.

– written by John van de Laar © 2008 Sacredise

Scripture Focus    Matthew 13: 1-9 – The Parable of the Sower

. . . Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.

Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach.

He told them many things in parables, saying:

“Listen! A sower went out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”

Message    “A Charge to Keep: Keep Charged for 21st Century Ministry and Mission”    Leonard Sweet

*Sending Song    “You Are Salt for the Earth”    #226

*Sending Words

*Sending Music

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