WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE “Morning has Broken” David Lasky
*CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 119:1-5
Leader: Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
People: Blessed are those who keep His decrees,
who seek Him with their whole heart,
Leader: O Lord, You have commanded Your precepts
to be kept diligently.
People: O that our ways may be steadfast and
that we may praise You with upright hearts!
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
*HYMN 12 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of heaven and earth, we name before you the sin that enslaves us, the sin that wounds us and others, the sin that scars our world. Forgive us and heal us. Guard us from all evil. Give to us and the whole creation the freedom of the glory of the children of God...
Silent Prayers of Confession
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS from Romans 8:1-2, 5:1
Hear the good news: There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death. Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God!
*GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father” #581
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, amen.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Isaiah 55:6-13; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
SERMON “The Soil of Our Lives” Rev. Barrett Ingram
*HYMN 367 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed Page 35
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic* Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY “Largo” Georg F. Handel
RECEIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OFFERINGS
*DOXOLOGY – Hymn 606
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
*HYMN 630 Fairest Lord Jesus