Forest and Trees

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JUly 12 2020

Prelude and Toccata on "Old Hundredth" by Austin C. Lovelace | tim vannasdale

Call to Worship based on psalm 103:1-6 | ed & jan wahl

Hymn 385 |  All People That on Earth Do Dwell |  Congregation

Prayer of Confession | pastor dudley & janet wahl

Words of Assurance | pastor elvery

Moments with our Children | pastor elvery


Prayer of Illumination | ed wahl

Old Testament | Genesis 25:19-34 (CEB) | pastor elvery

New Testament | Matthew 13:1-23  Common English Bible (CEB) | ed wahl

Sermon | Forest and Trees | pastor elvery

Hymn 451 | Open My Eyes, That I May See | Congregation

Litany in Response to a Plague | Ed & janet wahl


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Hymn 408  | There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit | congregation

Closing prayer and Blessing | Janet Wahl

Postlude | tim vannasdale | Prelude in F | J.S. Bach

Readings for next week: Genesis 28:10-19 and Matthew 13:24-43

Note from Kathie Hazlett re Heavenly Perks: This is our 17th Virtual Worship Service. That's 17 weeks since we have been able to "touch" one another, 17 weeks since we've "Passed the Peace" in our physical building . In some ways it seems like a long time .... in other ways, not so much. The reason is we are still touching each other.  In some aspects, in an even more intentional way.  Every Sunday morning, as we virtually worship together, we remember. One by one over the weeks we've been able to hear each other, and sometimes see each other .. but as always, in our hearts, and minds if not with our eyes.  We still suppport each other in prayer, sometimes without knowing needs, other times hearing of specific needs.  And you do it.  And God answers. Thank you for being the church, thank you for being God's people, thank you for living your faith, thank you for being you. Let us continue.  This Service is over, it's time for Heavenly Perks. If you have been a physical part of our fellowship, you know what to do. Do it.  If you are visiting and have no idea what we are talking about  -- our "Heavenly Perks" after-church experience -- just call someone you know and share your day with them. That's it! Be encouraged, or let them encourage you. That's how we do it.  And ... we'll see you next week, July 19th 10:30 a.m. at our 18th virtual service. kph :-) 
Update: Saturday Evening: If you have been to Heavenly Perks, this will be very familiar. thanks, Phil

Heavenly Perks Cartoon | Phil Dillman 




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Looking forward | scripture readings for sunday's JuLy 19 worship service

The readings for July 19 are: Genesis 28:10-19 | Common English Bible (CEB)

10 Jacob left Beer-sheba and set out for Haran. 11 He reached a certain place and spent the night there. When the sun had set, he took one of the stones at that place and put it near his head. Then he lay down there. 12 He dreamed and saw a raised staircase, its foundation on earth and its top touching the sky, and God’s messengers were ascending and descending on it. 13 Suddenly the Lord was standing on it and saying, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will become like the dust of the earth; you will spread out to the west, east, north, and south. Every family of earth will be blessed because of you and your descendants. 15 I am with you now, I will protect you everywhere you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done everything that I have promised you.”

16 When Jacob woke from his sleep, he thought to himself, The Lord is definitely in this place, but I didn’t know it. 17 He was terrified and thought, This sacred place is awesome. It’s none other than God’s house and the entrance to heaven. 18 After Jacob got up early in the morning, he took the stone that he had put near his head, set it up as a sacred pillar, and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He named that sacred place Bethel,[b] though Luz was the city’s original name.

Matthew 13:24-43 | Common English Bible (CEB)

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like someone who planted good seed in his field. 25 While people were sleeping, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 When the stalks sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The servants of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Master, didn’t you plant good seed in your field? Then how is it that it has weeds?’

28 “‘An enemy has done this,’ he answered.

“The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’

29 “But the landowner said, ‘No, because if you gather the weeds, you’ll pull up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow side by side until the harvest. And at harvesttime I’ll say to the harvesters, “First gather the weeds and tie them together in bundles to be burned. But bring the wheat into my barn.”’”

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