The Light on the Hill

Worship – July 12

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Prelude and Lighting of the Candles

Welcome

Call to Worship

The seed is sown and the crop is grown.
Come, Lord, strengthen us as we grow in you.
The rain hydrates and the sun radiates.
Come, Lord, quench our thirst
in the warmth of your love.

The land is tilled and the flour milled.
Come, Lord, refine us by your Spirit.
Come let us worship the Living God
as the seed of the Word is sown here with us today.

Prayer

We Sing: Morning Has Broken TIS 156

  1. Morning has broken
    like the first morning;
    blackbird has spoken
    like the first bird.
    Praise for the singing,
    praise for the morning,
    praise for them, springing
    fresh from the word.

  2. Sweet the rain’s new fall
    sunlit from heaven,
    like the first dewfall
    on the first grass.
    Praise for the sweetness
    of the wet garden,
    sprung from completeness
    where his feet pass.

  3. Mine is the sunlight;
    mine is the morning
    born of the one light
    Eden saw play.
    Praise with elation,
    praise every morning,
    God’s recreation
    of the new day.

Words from Enlarged Songs of Praise 1931 by permission Oxford University Press. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Prayer of Adoration and Thanksgiving

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

God is always present in every circumstance,
throwing the seeds of generous love around,
letting them take root no matter the conditions.
There is no place where God will not be present.
Let this be our assurance, let this be our peace.
Amen.

Passing of the Peace

The peace of our God be with you.
And also with you.

Community News and Notices

Children’s Time

We Sing: Know that God is Good CH4 788

Know that God is good,
know that God is good,
know that God is good,
God is good, God is good.

Traditional Song, Congo.

Scripture Reading Matt 13: 1-9: 18-23

The gospel of Christ, light of the world.
Thanks be to God.

Sermon Generosity

We Sing: Let Us Build a House CH4 198

  1. Let us build a house where love can dwell
    and all can safely live,
    a place where saints and children tell
    how hearts learn to forgive.
    Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
    rock of faith and vault of grace;
    here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

    All are welcome, all are welcome,
    all are welcome in this place.

  2. Let us build a house where prophets speak,
    and words are strong and true,
    where all God’s children dare to seek
    to dream God’s reign anew.
    Here the cross shall stand as witness
    and as symbol of God’s grace;
    here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:

    All are welcome, all are welcome,
    all are welcome in this place.

  3. Let us build a house where love is found
    in water, wine and wheat:
    a banquet hall on holy ground
    where peace and justice meet.
    Here the love of God, through Jesus,
    is revealed in time and space;
    as we share in Christ the feast that frees us:

    All are welcome, all are welcome,
    all are welcome in this place.

  4. Let us build a house where hands will reach
    beyond the wood and stone
    to heal and strengthen, serve and teach,
    and live the Word they’ve known.
    Here the outcast and the stranger
    bear the image of God’s face:
    let us bring an end to fear and danger:

    All are welcome, all are welcome,
    all are welcome in this place.

  5. Let us build a house where all are named,
    their songs and visions heard
    and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
    as words within the Word.
    Built of tears and cries and laughter,
    prayers of faith and songs of grace,
    let this house proclaim from floor to rafter

    All are welcome, all are welcome,
    all are welcome in this place.

Marty Haugen b.1950. © 1994 GIA Publications Inc. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-604444.

Offering

Prayers of the People

Loving God, we hold in your healing presence those who suffer pain and ill-health, with their families, friends and those who care for them:… (silence)
May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Loving God, we hold in your healing presence those struggling to overcome addiction or abuse, those supporting and working with them, and all whose suffering has distanced them from those who love:… (silence)
May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Loving God, we hold in your healing presence the suffering people of our world, and the places where people are experiencing division, injustice and violence:… (silence)
May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Loving God, we hold in your healing presence those facing bereavement. We also pray for those who have died:… (silence)
May they know the deep peace of Christ.

Loving God, we give you thanks for health restored and prayers answered: …(silence)

God of compassion and love,
we offer you all our suffering and pain.
Give us strength to bear our weakness,
healing even when there is no cure,
peace in the midst of turmoil
and love to fill the spaces in our lives.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

And now with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray the prayer Jesus taught us saying…

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin
against us.
Save us in the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.

We Sing: We Sing A Love That Sets All People Free CH4 622

  1. We sing a love that sets all people free,
    that blows like wind, that burns like scorching flame,
    enfolds like earth, springs up like water clear:
    come, living love, live in our hearts today.

  2. We sing a love that seeks another’s good,
    that longs to serve, and not to count the cost,
    a love that, yielding, finds itself made new:
    come, caring love, live in our hearts today.

  3. We sing a love, unflinching, unafraid
    to be itself, despite another’s wrath,
    a love that stands alone and undismayed:
    come, strengthening love, live in our hearts today.

  4. We sing a love, that, wandering, will not rest
    until it finds its way, its home, its source,
    through joy and sadness pressing on refreshed:
    come, pilgrim love, live in our hearts today.

  5. We sing a burning, fiery, Holy Ghost
    that seeks out shades of ancient bitterness,
    transfiguring these, as Christ in every heart:
    come joyful love, live in our hearts today.

June Boyce-Tillman 1943- Words © 1993, Stainer & Bell Ltd. Words used with permission under copyright CCLI Licence No. 137219. Copyright cleared music for churches.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Postlude


The liturgy in this service is adapted from Words for Worship, published by MediaCom, Inc; Spill the Beans, published by Spill the Beans Resource Team; and Iona Abbey Worship Book, published by Wild Goose Publications.

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