July 19 Worship

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

 

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We Gather 

 

CENTERING WORDS

While we are waiting, God is waiting with us. God’s promises are both now and yet to come. Wait and see.

 

PRELUDE                   

    

WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP

God invites us to gather.

We worship the Holy One who is present in all.

God invites us to come as we are, for the sake of who we may yet be.

We worship the Holy One who calls us to new ways of being and doing.

God invites us to journey in awe and in trust. 

We worship the Holy One in our midst, who blesses and commissions us for the good of all. 

 

OPENING HYMN No. 714

God of the Fertile Fields

Because the singing of hymns is discouraged during this period of pandemic, you are invited to meditate on verses 1 & 2 below.

 

God of the fertile fields,
shaper of earth that yields
our daily bread:
forth from your bounteous hand
come gifts your love has planned,
that all in every land
be clothed and fed.

We would be stewards true,
holding in trust from you
all that you give;
help us in love to share,
teach us like you to care
for people everywhere,
that all may live.

 

CALL TO PRAYERS

All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Let us be reconciled to God with the freedom of children who know how deeply they are loved.

 

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION AND INTERCESSION

Patient, loving God, when we are groaning and griping, comfort us and forgive our shortcomings. When we are doubting and afraid, comfort us and reveal your promises to us. Help us trust with hope, and wait with patience, even as you patiently love us with your mercy and your grace. 

 

Gracious Creator, Sower of life,

you know the complicated histories that have carried us to this moment.

You now the names of all our generations, 

for you are there in each story of falling away and turning home, in our long years of wandering, and in the shining moments when we recognize your presence and find the grace to worship you.

You are no stranger to the striving or the listlessness of humanity. 

Strengthen us in the fruits of your Spirit, and teach us to pray.

We pray for all who flee from pasts by which they are haunted.

We lift up all who feel abandoned by a future for which they had hoped.

We plead for all who do not know that they are loved and chosen.

We intercede for our own divided souls.

 

Hear us now as we silently lift the cares and concerns of our hearts. 

 

Silence

 

Help us to trust that you are at work in every mingled heart, every conflicted community.

Nourish the life you plant within us, that we might keep seeding the world with your truth and your grace;

in the name of Jesus, who gave his life out of love for the world. Amen.

 

Please refer to the deacon’s prayer list.

 

Silence

 

God, in your mercy, 

hear our prayers & forgive us. Amen. 

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US

We have this hope: God’s promises are sure, and Christ’s mercy is ours.

All is well. All will be well.

 

SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

The peace of Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

 

We Reflect

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION  

Prepare our hearts, O God, to accept your Word. Silence in us any voices but your own, so that we may hear your Word and also do it; through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

 

SCRIPTURE LESSON

Genesis 28:10-19a

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

GOSPEL LESSON

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

 

SERMON

Weeds and Seeds

Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro

We Respond

 

OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING 

Invitation

We live in an “already-but-not-yet” time. We see healthy green crops of justice and peace struggling to grow, mixed in with the weeds of violence and suffering and war. We wait for the bountiful harvest of God’s reign, and work to nurture every little green shoot of hope. The gifts we bring today are one way we tend the garden, this beautiful green garden of God, staking our hope on the future yield promised by God. Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and praise.

 

Thank you for sending your offerings. They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world.

 

Musical Meditation       

 

Prayer of Dedication 

Holy One, we bring these gifts to bless your world with hope. May they be a blessing to others. And bless us with patience and faith, that we may bring hope to a hurting world. Amen.

 

We Are Sent 

 

CLOSING HYMN  No. 707

Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord  

 

Because the singing of hymns is discouraged during this period of pandemic, you are invited to meditate on verses 1 & 2 below.

 

Take thou our minds, dear Lord, we humbly pray;
give us the mind of Christ each passing day;
teach us to know the truth that sets us free;
grant us in all our thoughts to honor thee.

Take thou our hearts, O Christ; they are thine own;
come thou within our souls and claim thy throne;
help us to shed abroad thy deathless love;
use us to make the earth like heaven above.

 

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE               


 

All songs not in the public domain are used by permission of CCLI #1124594

Centering Words, Prayer of Confession, Assurance of God With Us - Scifres, Mary. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020 . Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition

Call to Worship - Seasons of the Spirit, SeasonsFusion Pentecost 1 2020, (Kelowna BC: Woodlake Publishing 2019) 90.

Call to Prayers, Prayer of Intercession - Feasting on the Word Worship Companion, Liturgies for Year A, Volume 2, Kimberly Bracken Long, editor (Louisville, WJKP 2014) 79.

Special thanks to Amy Miller for being our liturgist today.

ABOUT US

We believe all persons are MINISTERS: EACH AND EVERY ONE. With God's grace, we seek to be an open and affirming congregation - one that includes all persons.

ADDRESS

57 Sand Hills Road

Kendall Park, NJ 08824

732-297-9182

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