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July 12th, 2020

Worship Service via Zoom

Order of Service
**please rise in body or in spirit.

Welcome and Notices

Call to Worship

** Hymn       Let us With a Gladsome Mind       234

  1. Let us with a gladsome mind
    praise our God, forever kind;
    whose great mercies still endure,
    ever faithful, ever sure.

  2. God, with all-commanding might,
    filled the newmade world with light;
    for God's mercies still endure,
    ever faithful, ever sure.

  3. God has with a gracious eye
    looked upon our misery;
    for God's mercies still endure,
    ever faithful, ever sure.

  4. All things living God does feed,
    with full measure meets their need;
    for God's mercies still endure,
    ever faithful, ever sure.

  5. Let us then with gladsome mind,
    praise our God, forever kind;
    whose great mercies still endure,
    ever faithful, ever sure.

Opening Prayer

Worship Notes

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Joyous Moment- (Sharing Joys/Blessings)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Hymn       Fairest Lord Jesus      341

  1. Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
    O thou of God to earth come down:
    thee will I cherish, thee will I honour,
    thou my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

  2. Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
    robed in the blooming garb of spring;
    Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
    who makes the troubled heart to sing.

  3. Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
    and fair the twinkling, starry host;
    Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
    than all the angels heaven can boast.

  4. All fairest beauty heavenly and earthly,
    wondrously, Jesus, is found in thee;
    none can be nearer, fairer or dearer
    than thou, my Saviour, art to me.

The Word

Prayer of Illumination

Eternal God, in the reading of the Scripture, may your Word be heard; in the meditations of our hearts, may your Word be known; and in the faithfulness of our lives, may your Word be shown. Amen.

Old Testament Reading      Genesis 25. 19 ¬34

19-20 This is the family tree of Isaac son of Abraham: Abraham had Isaac. Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan Aram. She was the sister of Laban the Aramean.

21-23 Isaac prayed hard to GOD for his wife because she was barren. GOD answered his prayer and Rebekah became pregnant. But the children tumbled and kicked inside her so much that she said, ¨If this is the way it´s going to be, why go on living?¨ She went to GOD to find out what was going on. GOD told her,

Two nations are in your womb, two peoples butting heads while still in your body.

One people will overpower the other, and the older will serve the younger.

24-26 When her time to give birth came, sure enough, there were twins in her womb. The first came out reddish, as if snugly wrapped in a hairy blanket; they named him Esau (Hairy). His brother followed, his fist clutched tight to Esau´s heel; they named him Jacob (Heel). Isaac was sixty years old when they were born.

27-28 The boys grew up. Esau became an expert hunter, an outdoorsman. Jacob was a quiet man preferring life indoors among the tents. Isaac loved Esau because he loved his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29-30 One day Jacob was cooking a stew. Esau came in from the field, starved. Esau said to Jacob, ¨Give me some of that red stew, I´m starved!¨ That´s how he came to be called Edom (Red).

31 Jacob said, ¨Make me a trade: my stew for your rights as the firstborn.¨

32 Esau said, ¨I´m starving! What good is a birthright if I´m dead?¨

33-34 Jacob said, ¨First, swear to me.¨ And he did it. On oath Esau traded away his rights as the firstborn. Jacob gave him bread and the stew of lentils. He ate and drank, got up and left. That´s how Esau shrugged off his rights as the firstborn.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Responsive Reading       Psalm 119. 105-112

Refrain: Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light for my path.

I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
to keep your righteous judgements.

I am in deep distress;
give me life, O God, according to your word.

Accept, O God, the willing tribute of my lips,
and teach me your decrees. R

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path

I take my life into my hands continually,
yet I never forget your law;

the wicked have laid a snare for me,
but I have not strayed from your precepts.

Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
the very joy of my heart.

I have set my heart to fulfil your statutes,
forever, even to the end. R

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path

The Epistle Reading       Romans 8. 1 - 11

8 1-2 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ´s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

3-4 God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn´t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.

The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn´t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.

5-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God´s action in them find that God´s Spirit is in them¬living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn´t pleased at being ignored.

9-11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won´t know what we´re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells¬even though you still experience all the limitations of sin¬you yourself experience life on God´s terms. It stands to reason, doesn´t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he´ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ´s!

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Gospel Reading      Matthew 13. 1-9, 18 - 23

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Hymn       Blessed Assurance       337

  1. This is my story, this is my song,
    praising my Saviour all the day long;
    this is my story, this is my song,
    praising my Saviour all the day long.

          This is my story, this is my song,
          praising my Saviour all the day long;
          this is my story, this is my song,
          praising my Saviour all the day long.

  2. Perfect submission, perfect delight!
    Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
    angels descending, bring from above
    echoes of mercy, whispers of love. R

  3. Perfect submission, all is at rest,
    I in my Saviour am happy and blessed;
    watching and waiting, looking above,
    filled with God's goodness, lost in Christ's love. R


** Affirmation of Faith

We are not alone,
we live in God´s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God´s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.

Prayers of Intercession
Lord´s Prayer

**Hymn      All the Way My Saviour Leads Me       635

  1. All the way my Saviour leads me;
    what have I to ask beside?
    Can I doubt his tender mercy
    who through life has been my guide?
    Heavenly peace, divinest comfort,
    here by faith in him to dwell,
    for I know, whate'er befall me,
    Jesus doeth all things well.

  2. All the way my Saviour leads me,
    cheers each winding path I tread,
    gives me grace for every trial,
    feeds me with the living bread.
    Though my weary steps may falter,
    and my soul athirst may be,
    gushing from the rock before me,
    lo, a spring of joy I see!

  3. All the way my Saviour leads me;
    O the fullness of his love!
    Perfect rest to me is promised
    in my Father's house above.
    When my spirit, clothed, immortal,
    wings its flight to realms of day,
    this my song through endless ages,
    ´Jesus led me all the way!´

** The Blessing

** 3 Fold Amen.


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