Worship: Online Saturday, July 11 at 5 pm & Sunday, July 12 at 9 am & In-Person at 11 am

“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and  understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”    Matthew 13:23

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2020-07-12 6th Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Theme: JUSTICE
Hearing God’s Word speak to us about Justice through the Bible Lectionary readings each week..

 

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Online meeting opens at 4:45 pm
so we can greet each other as we gather
before the 5 pm worship service.

WELCOME

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
July 5 – 18

Birthdays
Glenda Wyatt
Shelby Weaver
Kip Wyatt

Anniversaries
Donna & Tom Willoughby
Barb & Ray Haar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

      • Wednesday Bible Study, 6:30 pm — Ephesians 5
      • Online Interactive Worship
        • 5 pm Saturday
        • 9 am Sunday
      • In Person Worship at 11 am Sunday

The host will mute everyone except the leader during hymns and longer unison prayers so we can all sing and speak together without the distraction of various lag times. Otherwise, sound will be on for all participants so we can interact freely throughout the service (exception: disruptive background noises).

INVOCATION

HYMN OF PRAISE
“Learn to Be a Servant”

If you want to be great
In God’s kingdom
Learn to be a servant of all
If you want to be great
In God’s kingdom
Learn to be a servant of all
Learn to be a servant of all
Learn to be a servant of all
If you want to be great
In God’s kingdom
Learn to be a servant of all.

CCLI Song # 39001 CCLI License # 3194034
Words & Music by Michael Ryan
© 1975 CCCM Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

 

PRAISE AND TESTIMONIES
Briefly share your recent God-Sightings, joys, thankfulness, and good thoughts so the rest of us can rejoice with you.

PRAYER CONCERNS
We remain in solidarity with suffering children, immigrants, victims of war and storms, and everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop McAlilly requests prayer
at noon daily for health care workers.

Additions from Last Week
Tristan Watson, Rick Blanchard, Dianne Stallion, Mike Henrich, Wilda Milam, Scottie Schaeffer, Dave and Jackie

Health Care Workers
Ron Fowler, Melissa Milam, Donna Smith, Greer Waldrop

Homebound
Freda & Dan Wyatt, Mary Lou Anderson, Betty Travis,
Carl Hamilton, Ruth Purvis, Will Lawson, Bruce Gillette

Military Families
Ron Fowler, Dylan Field, Kale Merrick, Matthew Petway, Sarah Petway,  Randy Bagwell, Christopher Telle, Brittany Jones, Bryar Fortner

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle for July 5-18:
Djibouti, Somalia

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Holy One, you have bestowed upon your Church varieties of gifts through the same Spirit and given us varieties of service but the same Lord: Grant your people all gifts necessary for the upbuilding of your Body and the reconciliation of the world .

Your love, O God, reaches to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the clouds.

Benevolent One, you give your people drink from the river of your delights: Fill our community with peace and kindness, that we may nurture one another and celebrate our common life.

Your love, O God, reaches to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the clouds.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
AND RECONCILIATION
Brief silent consideration of how we have responded to our personal and congregational opportunities to do good, as we face ourselves honestly in the presence of the Almighty.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
May Almighty God have mercy on us
to bless our good works
and forgive us our sins,
and lead us into everlasting life.

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in 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,
for ever. Amen.

OFFERTORY
www.Briensburg.org/donate

We give thanks for those who are continuing their financial support of our ministries with online, mail-in, or drop-off tithes and offerings.

We offer to the Lord our prayers,
our presence, our gifts,
our service, and our witness,
praying they will be multiplied
for the upbuilding of God’s kingdom.

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Praise God all creatures here below!
Praise God above, ye Heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

CCLI Song # 56204 CCLI License # 3194034
Louis Bourgeois | Thomas Ken
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

THE GOSPEL READING
Links to multiple translations:
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

HYMN OF CELEBRATION
“Standing on the Promises”

1. Standing on the promises of Christ my King
Through eternal ages let His praises ring
Glory in the highest I will shout and sing
Standing on the promises of God

Chorus
Standing standing
Standing on the promises of God my Savior
Standing standing
I’m standing on the promises of God

2. Standing on the promises that cannot fail
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail
By the living Word of God I shall prevail
Standing on the promises of God

Chorus
Standing standing
Standing on the promises of God my Savior
Standing standing
I’m standing on the promises of God

3. Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect present cleansing in the blood for me
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free
Standing on the promises of God

Chorus
Standing standing
Standing on the promises of God my Savior
Standing standing
I’m standing on the promises of God

4. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s Sword
Standing on the promises of God

Chorus
Standing standing
Standing on the promises of God my Savior
Standing standing
I’m standing on the promises of God

5. Standing on the promises I cannot fall
List’ning ev’ry moment to the Spirit’s call
Resting in my Savior as my All in All
Standing on the promises of God

Chorus
Standing standing
Standing on the promises of God my Savior
Standing standing
I’m standing on the promises of God

CCLI Song # 31803 CCLI License # 3194034
Words & Music by Russell Kelso Carter
Public Domain

 

PASSING THE PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you all!
And also with you!

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

CONVERSATIONAL SERMON
Everyone is invited to share as the Pastor leads a discussion of these sermon points.
JUSTICE: Being Good Soil for the Seeds

The Sower
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow.  Vs 3 (KJV)

The Path
When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn’t take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person’s heart. Vs 18 (MSG)

The Stony Places
The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it. Vss 20-21 (MSG)

The Thorns
The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it.       Vs 22 (MSG)

The Good Soil
The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.  Vs 23 (MSG)

HYMN OF DEDICATION
“Higher Ground”

1, I’m pressing on the upward way
New heights I’m gaining ev’ry day
Still praying as I’m onward bound
Lord plant my feet on higher ground

Chorus
Lord lift me up and let me stand
By faith on heaven’s tableland
A higher plane than I have found
Lord plant my feet on higher ground

2. My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay
Tho’ some may dwell where these abound
My pray’r my aim is higher ground

Chorus
Lord lift me up and let me stand
By faith on heaven’s tableland
A higher plane than I have found
Lord plant my feet on higher ground

3. I want to live above the world
Tho’ Satan’s darts at me are hurled
For faith has caught the joyful sound
The song of saints on higher ground

Chorus
Lord lift me up and let me stand
By faith on heaven’s tableland
A higher plane than I have found
Lord plant my feet on higher ground

4. I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found
Lord lead me on to higher ground

Chorus
Lord lift me up and let me stand
By faith on heaven’s tableland
A higher plane than I have found
Lord plant my feet on higher ground

Words: Proverbes 3:5-6
Music: Karen Heise

 

“Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus, Mark 16:15

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
We invite you, your friends, and your family to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and to full participation and membership in our congregation. 

GOING FORTH TO LOVE OTHERS
AS CHRIST LOVES US

CHORAL BENEDICTION
“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”

Beloved let us love one another
For love is of God and ev’ryone that loveth
Is born of God and knoweth God
He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love
Beloved let us love one another
First John four seven and eight

CCLI Song # 26344; CCLI License # 3194034
Dennis Ryder
© 1974 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)