7/23/17

Message: Today’s Message is delivered by Pastor Mark Thompson with a parable reading from Marge Puntarec.

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.

Gospel:

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone
who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and
sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore
grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And 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?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want
us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot
the wheat along with them. Let 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.” ’

Then 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.’ He answered, ‘The one who sows the
good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the
kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the
devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected
and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send
his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they
will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears
listen!

One Service, Two Styles, More Songs:

We Plow the Fields and Scatter

Blessed Assurance

Hymn Medley (handbells)

We Are Marching in the Light

Blessing:

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.