Message: Today’s Message is delivered by Marge Puntarec.
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.
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. Such great crowds
gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on
the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to
sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up.
Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up
quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and
since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns
grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a
hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!’
‘Hear then the parable of the sower. When 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. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who
hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet 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. As 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. But 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.’
One Service, Two Styles, More Songs:
May God, whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine, grant you the gifts of faith and hope. Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.