Life In the Kingdom of God Takes Patience and Faith


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 - I Run to Christ

 

Invocation

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

Amen.

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.

 

Confession of Sins

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.

Absolution

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.

Amen.

 

Prayer of the Day

O God, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that, ever mindful of Your final judgment, we may be stirred up to holiness of living here and dwell with You in perfect joy hereafter; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

Epistle Lesson - Romans 1:18-25

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became   futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Gospel - Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Hymn of the Day - Jesus, Priceless Treasure

 

Sermon - Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

 

Confession of Faith - Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

Almighty God, we are too quick to judge your ways and too bold to presume upon your wisdom. Grant us grace so that we may trust in your Word and fulfill our calling to worship, witness, pray, and love. No matter what evils we see in this life, give us the patience to realize that you are in control and the faith to follow in your footsteps.

Lord, we are stewards of your creation, but we have often squandered its goodness and wasted its resources. Guide us to use wisely and for the benefit of all people the fruits of this good earth, and preserve its bounties for those who follow after us.

Merciful God, we have been given new birth in Baptism. Help us to confess your Son before the world, reflecting the glory of your kingdom to all people. Bless all pastors, missionaries, teachers of the Word, and church workers, that they may be faithful in their callings.

Loving God, we give you thanks for the gift of health, which we must never take for granted. Hear our prayers on behalf of the sick, the aged, the infirm, those who mourn, and those near death. Grant them healing in accord with your will and grace to sustain them in their need.

     Special prayers and intercessions

Heavenly Father, we are wounded by the sufferings of this life, and we need your grace to sustain us in hope and equip us with patience. Give to us all that we need to pass through the day of trouble and be found faithful when Christ comes in his glory at the Last Day.

     Private petitions

Father, hear us on behalf of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Grant that we may work toward what we pray for, under the guidance of your Holy Spirit, that at the Day of Judgment we may be found worthy to receive your gift of eternal light and life forevermore; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who has taught us to pray:

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)

Amen.

 

Closing Hymn - Take My Life And Let It Be

 

 

 

Offerings & Connections

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