Online Worship - Sunday, July 12, 2020

Preparations for Worship:

  • Find a place in your home where you can eliminate distractions. Put phones on silent and turn off the TV.
  • This order of service facilitates participation. If you are with others, we think you will get a lot more out of this service by reading the parts of this service aloud, the responses, lessons, and prayers.
  • Families with children, this service is for them too. Children learn best by imitating. Lead them in this service. Help them participate. Maybe they are old enough to read one of the prayers or lessons. Take a moment to describe what’s happening. See if they have any questions. Encourage them to draw what they are hearing while you all listen. Take advantage of the opportunities to pause and encourage questions and discussions more so than an average Sunday in church.
  • Load the YouTube video below and hit “pause” as soon as it starts. This will eliminate distracting ads when you get to that part of the service.
  • Load the devotional video so that it is ready to play when you get to that part of the service.
  • Pause for a moment in private prayer and quietness.
  • Afterwards pray the following prayer:
    Heavenly Father, I have come to worship you. Draw near to me in your gracious Word, and assure me of your loving kindness. Curb my wandering thoughts, that with undivided attention I may hear your voice and speak your praise. Amen.

Opening hymn - SPEAK, O LORD



In the name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit.


This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you:

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness,

we lie and do not live by the truth.

If we claim to be without sin,

we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:5-8)


Let us confess our sins.

Father, I have sinned against you and am no longer worthy to be called your child.

Yet in mercy you sacrificed your only Son to wash away all my guilt.

For his sake, O God, be merciful to me, a sinner,

and let me serve you in the joy of the Holy Spirit.


If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.   (1 John 1:9)

Upon this, your confession, I say to you what God says:   Your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God.

And that is what we are! Thanks be to God! (1 John 3:1)

Prayer of the Day

Blessed Lord, since you have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

GOSPEL - Matthew 13: 1-9,18-23

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.” ...

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

HYMN OF THE DAY -Praise The One Who Breaks The Darkness



SERMON - Isaiah 55:6-11

Confession of Faith - The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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 into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
   and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


Lord God, our maker and preserver, we praise and thank you for all that you

give us day after day. We are not worthy of all the mercies you show us. You

have given us your precious Word to nourish our souls and to protect us

from the temptations of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature. We thank

you for those who teach and preach your saving truth at this place and

everywhere. Grant them a rich measure of patience, wisdom, and love.

Heavenly Father, we pray that you shield us from every kind of danger:

sudden catastrophe, terrors of crime, and the ravages of disease. Watch

over those who travel by land, sea, and air. Keep our loved ones from

whatever perils may threaten them. Heal those who are sick, cheer those

who are sad, calm those who are distressed, and comfort all who are old and


Grant your blessing to every nation on earth. Where there are wars, may

there be peace. Where there is hatred, let it be healed. Where there is

poverty, danger, or disaster, come with your almighty power to help and


Special prayers and intercessions may follow.

Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our quiet petitions.

Silent prayer

Father, we commit all for whom we pray to your grace and mercy, through

Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. It is in his name that we join together in 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 trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. 

   For thine is the kingdom and the power

and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Lord’s Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you. 

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look on you with favor and give † you peace.  (Numbers 6:24-26)




Offerings  &  Connections

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