Service for the Lord’s Day

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 12, 2020 – 10:00 AM

Gathering around the Word

Welcome and Announcements



Call to Worship (WWG)                                              from Psalm 119

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path

I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.

My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.  

Bless the Lord!

Let us worship God!


Gathering Hymn               #21 “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” 

Call to Confession

 Prayer of Confession (CTW)

O Lord our God, we confess that we do not reflect your glory.  We have not prepared our hearts to receive the gift of your Word. We allow thorns and weeds to grow in the places where you plant the gospel. Forgive us; restore and reorder our lives by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Accomplish all that you desire in us, so that we may bear good fruit, to the glory of your holy name.

 (Silent prayer)              In faith we pray.      Amen


Assurance of Pardon

 Gloria Patri (Hymn #812)  

The Peace

           Since God has forgiven us in Christ, let us forgive one another.

            The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

            And also with you.

Proclaiming the Word

The Prayer for Illumination

 The Word Read

                 Hebrew Scripture:                 Isaiah 55:10-13  (Page 567)

                 Gospel:                       Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23  (Page 747)


The Word of the Lord  

Thanks be to God  


Word Proclaimed                            “The Extravagant Sower”              


Responding to the Word

Sermon Hymn #415                “We Are Called to Be God’s Children”

Our Faith Response                Adapted from the Confession of Belhar

 We believe that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor, and the wronged.

We believe that God brings justice to the oppressed and gives bread to the hungry. We believe that God frees the prisoner and restores sight to the blind. We believe that God supports the downtrodden, protect the stranger; helps orphans and widows, and blocks the path of the ungodly.        

We believe that God is the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people.  We believe that Jesus is Lord. To the one and only God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be the honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen


Prayers of the People and 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.  Amen.

Bearing and Following the Word into the World

Hymn  #764                                              “The Trees of the Field”





Your word is a lamp unto our feet and a light to our path. Like a beacon you lead us to safe havens. Like a laser you discern the thoughts of our hearts. You enlighten our darkness and clarify our confusion, You, indeed, rescue us when we are bewildered and lost. Accept now our offerings of praise and thanksgiving as we open your word and learn of your ways. Amen

Let us remember these who need comfort, strength and healing:

Family of Jim Aikman                         Greg Gambrel (Gary Straber)

Family of Karl Brush                           Family of Barbara Allison (Lee)

Michaela Myers (Chris Myers)             Sam Bishop (uncle of Chris Myers)

Mitzi Miner                                         Our Troubled Nation

Heather Gallagher (Kevin Hulsman)      Lincoln Downing (Chris Myers)

Steve Pfendler                                    Don Rockey                           

Don Dickerson                                    Janet Coons

Avis Woods                                         Fran Brower               

Candy Kennedy                                  Tom Hulse (Lisa Schnepp’s father)

Cary Hanni (Larry Hanni)                     Adam Stucky (Marilyn Hanni)

Please be in prayer for our nation to heal hardened hearts and live with Christ’s love.

Also remember our members who are in care facilities and also those who are home-bound and can no longer worship with us: Bob Lowes, Betty Plummer, Mary Cummings, and Mary Payne.