July 26, 2020 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost

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Gathering, Greeting, and Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Faithful God, most merciful judge, you care for your children with firmness and compassion. By your Spirit nurture us who live in your kingdom, that we may be rooted in the way of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

A Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew

Parable of the Weeds

Parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat.

Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43

24[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?' 28He answered, 'An enemy has done this.' The slaves said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' 29But he replied, 'No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.' "

36Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field." 37He answered, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!"

P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.

A Message from the Scheirers

Hymn

Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound (v. 1 & 2)

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn "Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound" on the organ. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

Amazing grace!—how sweet the sound—
that saved a wretch; like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

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.

Prayers of the Church

Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on 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,
forever and ever. Amen.

Blessing


Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Becoming a Good Steward

Use the battery saver function on your phone and computer. Properly inflated tires improve the car's gas mileage. This will not only decrease your carbon emission but also save you money. (Creation Justice Ministries)

Mission Support

Those wishing to support the Scheirers' mission work financially should include this amount under the "Other" category with the notation "Sheirer mission" and make sure the church receives those by August 2.

Revision to Weather Policy for Drive-In Worship

Drive-in worship will continue through Labor Day weekend. In the event of rain or extreme heat, the worship leaders will broadcast from inside the building. Parking will be adjusted accordingly. In the event of severe weather, the service may be cancelled. You can call the church from 8:30 a.m. on to see if there will be a service.

Stretch & Pray

Stretch & Pray has resumed meeting at the church on Sunday afternoons at 2:00. If you are interested in joining this small group for fellowship and exercise, contact Linda Prosser.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The OSLC Mission Committee will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, August 15 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. The blood drive will be located in the Fellowship Hall.

For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service. This testing may provide critical insight into whether donors may have possibly been exposed to this coronavirus. The Red Cross is committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic. This is not a test to diagnose COVID-19. The results of your antibody test will be available by logging in to your Blood Donor account on the Blood Donor App or online about 7 to 10 days after your donation. More information can be found on the the church website.

Virtual Vacation Bible Study

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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