Time after Pentecost
10:00 AM Service July 23, 2023
Welcome and Announcements
Ringing of the Bell
Confession and Forgiveness
L: Blessed be the holy Trinity, +one God, who greets us in this and every season, whose word never fails, whose promise is sure.
L: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of our neighbors.
(Silence is kept for reflection)
L: Merciful God,
C: we confess that we have sinned. We have hurt our community. We have squandered your blessings. We have hoarded your bounty. In the name of Jesus, forgive us and grant us your mercy.
(Silence is kept for reflection.)
L: Righteous God,
C: We confess that we have sinned. We have failed to be honest. We have lacked the courage to speak. We have spoken falsely. In the name of Jesus, forgive us and grant us your mercy.
(Silence is kept for reflection.)
L: God is a cup of cold water when we thirst. God offers boundless grace when we fail. Claim the gift of God’s mercy: you are freed and forgiven in the name of + Jesus Christ.
Hymn #556 “Morning Has Broken”
L: The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the commun-ion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
C: And also with you.
(sing) Glory to God in the Highest...
L: Let us pray:
All: Faithful God, most merciful judge, you care for your children with firmness and compassion. By your Spirit nurture us who live in your kingdom, that we may be rooted in the way of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 44: 6—8 Pg. 1128
R: Word of God, Word of life. C: Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 86: 11—17 Pg. 924
PS 86:11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
PS 86:12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.
PS 86:13 For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.
PS 86:14 The arrogant are attacking me, O God; a band of ruthless men seeks my life--men without regard for you.
PS 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
PS 86:16 Turn to me and have mercy on me; grant your strength to your
servant and save the son of your maidservant.
PS 86:17 Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be
put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
Second Reading: Romans 8: 12—25 Pg. 1757
R: Word of God. Word of life. C: Thanks be to God.
(Please rise for the Gospel)
After the Gospel is announced, we sing
The Gospel according to Matthew, the thirteenth chapter.
Gospel Reading Matthew 13: 24—30 Pg. 1518
(After the reading of the Gospel, we sing)
(Please be seated)
Sermon The Rev. Judith Miller
Hymn # 693 “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”
P: With the whole church, let us confess our faith:
All: I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried:
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
And He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen
L: . . .Hear us, O God, C: Your mercy is great.
Sharing of the Peace
L: The peace of Christ be with you always.
C: And also with you!
L: Let us share Christ’s peace with one another.
Offering Hymn #681 “We Plow the Fields and Scatter”
(As the last verse is sung, please stand as the offering is brought forward.)
L: Let us pray.
All: God of field and forest, sea and sky, you are the giver of all good things, Sustain us with these gifts of your creation, and multiply your graciousness in us, that the world may be fed with your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer: (Sung)
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. Amen
P: The God of all, who raised Jesus from the dead, bless you by the power of the Holy Spirit to live in the new creation.
Hymn # 545 “Lord , Dismiss Us with Your Blessing”
L: Go in peace. Share the harvest. C: Thanks be to God.
Our thanks to those who serve as our worship leaders today:
Transitional Pastor—Rev. Kristine Franke Hill
Our Reader—Kathy Pearson
Our Liturgist—Claire Roberts
Hand Bell Director—Wendy Kuenemann
Guest Preacher—Rev. Judith Miller