Jul 11, 2020

FOR PROPER 10A 07122020

Opening Words
Come, let us worship the God who sows the seeds of life
into our heart and mind and soul.
Come, let us worship the God whose seeds always
grow to harvest and do not disappoint.
For great is our God, and worthy is God of praise.
We praise God with thanksgiving that is the faith and
hope in God’s promise.

Hymn of Promise

Collect For Worship
O God of peace, you have taught us that
in returning and rest we shall be saved,
in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength.
By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray thee,
to your presence, where we may be still and
know that you are God;
now and forevermore.

Collect For the Day
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One:
You spoke creation into being, and you are still speaking.
You breathed into all your breath of life, and you are still breathing.
You promised that we would be blessed to be a blessing,
and you are still blessing—help us to grow into your promise
with faith that is a trust which does not fail us,
with hope that is a moving us into the fruition of your making
which your Kin-Dom of compassion and mercy.
with love that is perfect peace and justice which makes all things
new and whole.
For we long for healing, forgiveness, reconciliation, and unity
that you alone make possible.
Blessed are you and blessed is your Realm now
and forevermore.

Hymn of Praise

Prayer For Illumination
O God, whose Word is our Way, our Truth, and our Life:
Open our ears to hear anew,
our minds to understand your message,
and our hearts to love what you speak to us this day.

Scripture Reading   Isaiah 55.1-12
“All you who are thirsty, come to the water!
You who have no money, come, buy food and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk, without money, without price!
Why spend your money for what is not bread, your wages for what fails to satisfy?
Heed me, and you will eat well, you will delight in rich fare;
bend your ear and come to me, listen, that you may have life:
I will make an everlasting Covenant with you—
in fulfillment of the blessings promised to David.
See, I have made of you to be a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander of the nations.
See, you will summon nations you never knew,
and nations that never knew you will come hurrying to you—
for the sake of YHWH, the Holy One of Israel, who will glorify you.
Seek me, YHWH, while I may still be found, call upon me while I am near!
Let the corrupt abandon their ways, the evil their thoughts.
Let them return to YHWH, and I will have mercy on them;
return to God, for I will freely pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways, my ways,” says YHWH.
“As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.
For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down
and do not return there till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the sower and bread for food,
so will my word be that goes forth from my mouth: it will not return to me empty,
but will carry out my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.
And you will go out joyfully, and be led out in peace;
the mountains and hills before you will break into cries of joy,
and all the trees in the countryside will clap their hands.
Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible. Sheed & Ward.

O God, to you we owe hymns of praise in Zion; to you our vows must be fulfilled,
you who hear our prayers and before whom all flesh must stand.
When we are overcome by our sins, you provide the atonement for them.
Happy are those you choose, those you draw near to dwell in your courts!
We are filled with the blessings of your house, the holy things of your Temple!
With powerful deeds of justice you answer us, God our Deliverer,
in whom all the ends of the earth and the farthest seas put their trust.
You set the mountains in place by your power, having armed yourself with might.
You still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of the waves, and the tumult of the peoples.
And those who dwell at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your marvels;
you make the sunrise and sunset shout for joy!
You nourish and water the land—greatly you have enriched it.
The streams of God are full of water; you provide us with grain as you ordained.
Thus, have you prepared the land: drenching its furrows,
breaking up its clods, softening it with showers, blessing its yield.
You have crowned the year with your bounty and your paths overflow with a rich harvest;
the untilled meadows overflow with abundance, and rejoicing clothes the hills.
The fields are covered with flocks and the valleys are blanketed with grain.
They shout and sing for joy!
Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible. Sheed & Ward.

Scripture Reading          Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23
[Jesus taught the followers, saying:]
“One day, a farmer went out sowing seed.
Some of the seed landed on a footpath,
where birds came and ate it up.
Some of the seed fell on rocky ground,
where there was little soil.
This seed sprouted at once since the soil had no depth,
but when the sun rose and scorched it,
it withered away for lack of roots.
Again, some of the seed fell among thorns,
and the thorns grew up and choked it.
And some of it landed on good soil, and yielded a crop thirty,
sixty, even a hundred times what was sown.
Let those who have ears to hear, hear this!”
“Now listen to the parable of the sower.
When people hear the message about the Kin-Dom of God
without understanding it,
the Evil One comes along and snatches away
what was sown in their hearts.
This is the seed sown along the path.
Those who received the seed that fell on rocky ground
are the ones who hear the word and at first welcome it with joy.
But they have no roots, so they last only for a while.
When some setback or persecution comes because of the message,
they quickly fall away.
Those who receive the message that fell among the thorns
are the ones who hear the word,
but then worldly anxieties and the lure of wealth choke it off,
and the message produces no fruit.
But those who receive the seed that fell on rich soil
are those who hear the message and understand it.
They produce a crop that yields a hundred, or sixty
or thirty times what was sown.”
Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.

Eternal Gardener,
your holy word is planted in our hearts
as good seed in fertile soil.
So nurture us
that we may bear fruit abundantly. Amen.

Hymn Of Commitment

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