Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Nancy C. Johnson, Pastor
10th Sunday after Pentecost August 9, 2020
A Service of the Word/Online Order of Worship
Gathering for Worship
WORDS OF WELCOME/ENTER THE LIGHT OF CHRIST (You may light a candle at home if you wish)
GATHERING WORDS (If you are worshipping with others, you may use two or more voices in a “Call to Worship” style at home).
Even in times of doubt, God is at work.
Even when we don’t see results, God is active.
We gather in God’s presence to be reminded and refreshed by the words of Jesus.
We gather in God’s presence to be restored and renewed by the Holy Spirit.
Though our faith may be small, we know our God is great!
Let us give thanks and sing praises to our God, the One who is alive and present with us always.
HYMN OF PRAISE O Worship the King #73
OPENING PRAYER We stand amazed in your holy presence, O God. You provide for us abundantly and surround us with your goodness and grace. You sent your Son, Jesus, to live among us, to teach us and show us what your Kingdom is like. As we work and watch and wait for your Kingdom to be fulfilled, by your grace and power, may your Kingdom come and your will be done in us and through us, here and now. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BLESSING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
O God, the gift of your Kingdom is precious to us. It is worth our greatest efforts and sacrifices. Though our gifts may seem small and insignificant, when placed in your mighty hands and joined with the gifts of others, they can bear much fruit. Through our giving and through our lives, may your Kingdom of love and grace be shared with everyone, everywhere. We give you thanks for the privilege of sharing with others the gifts you have entrusted to us. Amen.
Proclaiming and Responding to God’s Word
THE GOSPEL LESSON Matthew 13: 31-33
31 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
This is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
SERMON Of Shrubs and Yeast
PRAYER CHORUS Seek Ye First #405
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 I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord #540
We go forth from our worship as Kingdom people, to love and to serve Christ our King.
We love and serve God by loving and serving others for Christ’s sake in ways both great and small.
By God’s grace, may others see Christ in us, so that in seeing, they may believe.
May God’s work and God’s will be done in and through us, on earth as it is in heaven.
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;
O Worship the King, #73; Words: Robert Grant, 1833; Words: attr. Johann Michael Haydn, arr. William Gardiner, 1815. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JoCsWlEMQM from Hymnsite.com: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqltdQsqXadVEIwSZOr8VoA.
Seek Ye First, #405; Words/Music: Karen Lafferty, 1972; Copyright: Maranatha Music, 1972. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt8-Da6fj24 from NewFellowship: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmrdYuz4xlpvd84G9o-Tfzw.
I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord, #540; Words: Timothy Dwight, 1801. Words: Aaron Williams, The New Universal Psalmodist, 1770. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXeuMmOpVTU from Hymnsite.com: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqltdQsqXadVEIwSZOr8VoA.