Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Nancy C. Johnson, Pastor
9th Sunday after Pentecost August 2, 2020
A Service of the Word (CCLI #1149131)
Gathering for Worship
WORDS OF WELCOME/ENTER THE LIGHT OF CHRIST You may light a candle at home if you wish to prepare your heart, mind and spirit for worship.
GATHERING WORDS (If you are worshipping with others, you may use two or more voices in a “Call to Worship” style at home).
We wait with hope for God is faithful. God’s promises are sure and true.
We wait, trusting in God’s Word. God’s ways are higher than our own.
Come, let us worship the Lord together.
As we wait upon the Lord, our strength will be renewed. We will run and
not grow weary. We will walk and not faint. Thanks be to God.
HYMN OF PRAISE Come, Ye Thankful People, Come #649
OPENING PRAYER Meet us here, O Holy God, to search our hearts and strengthen our spirits. Plant your Word within us that it may spring up in hopeful ways for the sake of your Kingdom. May we find in these moments of worship the assurance we need to live triumphantly in the face of loss, discouragement, suffering and evil. By the example of Jesus, lead us to trust you and your will for us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BLESSING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
You are the giver of every good gift, O God. Your blessings of love and life fill our world with hope for the future, even in these difficult days. For the lesson of patient waiting, we give you thanks. For the opportunity to work together in planting your seeds of faith, we give you praise. Bless these gifts that we bring before you today that they may grow and flourish and bring forth a harvest of your love and grace in the lives of others. Amen.
Proclaiming and Responding to God’s Word
THE GOSPEL LESSON Matthew 13: 24-30; 36-40
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
This is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
SERMON Of Seed and Weeds
PRAYER OF DISCIPLESHIP
THE 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. Amen.
HYMN OF DISCIPLESHIP This Is My Father’s World #144
We are sent by God to plant good seeds of His Kingdom, to sow and to grow God’s love in the world.
In faith, we trust our Lord to grow His word within us and through us to others.
As we live and share Christ’s message, we are not overcome by the weeds that challenge our faith.
We go forth in the name of Jesus Christ, our faithful Lord of the harvest, who gives us assurance and hope.
In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, all God’s people said, “AMEN!”
Hymn Information: All Hymns in the service are from The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House) 1989 as follows;
Come Ye Thankful People Come, #649; Words: Henry Alford, 1844; Music: George J. Elvey. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sth3hnQcHpo from Hymnsite.com: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqltdQsqXadVEIwSZOr8VoA.
This is My Father’s World, #144; Words: Maltbe D. Babcock; Music: Trad. English Melody, adapted by Franklin L. Sheppard. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-GbYWmdK7s
from Hymnsite.com: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqltdQsqXadVEIwSZOr8VoA.