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Prelude: Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil
setting, Marilyn Biery
Welcome and Invocation
Opening Hymn: Sanctuary
Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for You.
1 It is You, Lord, who came to save the heart and soul of every man.
It is You Lord who knows my weakness, who gives me strength with thine own hand.
2 Lead me on Lord from temptation. Purify me from within.
Fill my heart Lord with Your Holy Spirit. Take away all my sin.
J. Thompson, R. Scruggs
©1982 Full Armor Pub, Whole Armor Pub
Gospel Reading – Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Reading Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9He who has ears, let him hear. . . .
18“Hear then the parable of the sower: 19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Sermon – How Does Your Garden Grow?
Response to the Message – Anthem – Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil (Virtual Choir)
H. Hanson. Special thanks to our Virtual Choir members this week: Caitlin Howard, Karen Limardo, Sandra McIlveen, and Julie Wolf.
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Prayer of the Church and Lord’s Prayer
Closing Song: Build Your Kingdom Here
Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we’re made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are Your church
We need Your pow’r in us
We seek Your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For You’re our joy and prize
To see the captives’ hearts released
The hurt the sick the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for heaven’s cause
We are Your church
We pray revive this earth
Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here we pray
Unleash Your kingdom’s pow’r
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are Your church
We are the hope on earth [Chorus]
Build Your Kingdom Here
C. Llewellyn, G. Gilkeson
©2011 Thankyou Music
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