Pastor: Rev. Kendra Balliet
Organist: Jim Ross
Music Ministry: "As the Deer Pants for the Water" - Jane Ellen Nickell, piano
NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
ORDER OF SERVICE
Prelude - “Paradise"- Zdenko Fiibich
Welcome & Announcements
*Call to Worship
We come to worship the Triune God who creates, redeems, and sustains us all.
We come to worship God who never leaves us and yet whose purposes often seem hidden.
As the bulb hides the flower, as the seed hides the tree, as the cocoon hides the butterfly, so too does God bring forth life even when we cannot see it.
We gather today to learn how to watch, wait, and anticipate the season when God’s unrevealed work will come into the open.
As silence gives way to song, as night gives way to dawn, as the past flows through the present into the future, so too does God tirelessly persist in bringing about the abundant life of the kingdom of heaven.
We gather today to learn how to join in God’s dance as partners who prepare for the season when God’s unrevealed work comes into the open.
As our end meets our beginning, as our time meets infinity, as our doubt meets our believing, so too does God meet our brokenness with persevering love, unfolding a new reality of flourishing for all creation.
We gather today to learn how to love as God loves so that we may be part of bringing God’s unrevealed work into the open. Amen.
Opening Hymn "Forward Through the Ages
Unison PrayerO God, teach us not to despise small things.
Remind us that the kingdom of heaven is like a tiny mustard seed.
Turn our attention to the small things that bless others.
You have planted seeds of great potential in our souls.
Help us develop our potential so that you and others can depend on it.
Turn our attention to what is small but potent.
O God, you have entrusted us with gifts and graces that can bless many people.
Help us not to overlook the smallest ability.
O God, you have placed the destiny of the kingdom of heaven inside of us.
Turn our attention to the small things that this congregation can do to make a tremendous difference in human lives. Amen.
Affirmation of Faith - Apostles Creed #881
Gloria Patri #70
Music Ministry & Offertory
Prayer of Gratitude
Scripture Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Sermon "Finding What Seems to be Hidden"
Hymn "The Kingdom of God
Pastoral Prayer/Lord's Prayer
Closing Hymn "Seek Ye First
Action Steps & Benediction
Postlude-“Allegro Pomposo" - Thomas Roseingrave
The flowers on the altar today are given with thanks and praise for the beauty and diversity of the world and in honor of our granddaughter Kendyl's 21st birthday by Jim & Marie Schlosser.
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