July 12, 2020 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost

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Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Parable of the Sower

A Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew

Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23

1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: "Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, 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 brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears listen!"

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 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 is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on 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 such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately 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 lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn "How Great Thou Art" on the piano. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Becoming a Good Steward

Invest in green arts and crafts supplies. Do you, your kids, or grandkids enjoy art? Buy recycled paper and green products for their projects. Nature is another great way to find art supplies. Twigs, leaves, and flowers are excellent for art projects. The recycling bin can also be great place for creative minds to find materials. (Creation Justice Ministries)

Church Office Closed

The church office will be closed Monday, July 13 so we can be open on the following Friday, July 17, when Pastor returns from post-vacation quarantine.

Field Mission Report

Sunday, July 26, Jared & Beth Scheirer will be at our drive-in worship to report on their mission experience in Africa over the last two years. We hope you will join us for this report on this view from the trenches of mission work today.

Virtual Vacation Bible Study

Watch for an email with links and details about this year's Vacation Bible School. Materials will be available through the Parish Education Committee to support this year's online version of VBS. You can also check out a quick video on the church website's homepage.

Food Drive

The Mission committee is continuing to collect food that will be shared between Safe Harbor and the Midwest Food Bank. We are collecting the following items:

There is a box just inside the church entrance where you can deposit items. Please do not take items to Megan or Pastor Henrick's office.

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