Sharing the Peace of Christ        

Hymn  In the Garden  (UMH 314)

Call to Worship

Leader: God scatters the seeds of reconciliation and love, and waits…

People: May the seeds of the Lord take root.

Leader: God scatters the seeds of healing and hope, and waits…

People:  May the seeds of the Lord take root.

Leader: God scatters the seeds of redemption and peace, and waits…

All:  May the seeds of the Lord take root!

Hymn  How Great Thou Art  (UMH 77)

Children’s Message

Children’s Hymn  I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, v.1

Scripture Reading  Matthew 13:1-23

Leader: The word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.

Message  Check the Soil

Hymn  This Is My Father’s World  (UMH 144)

Prayer of Confession

Dear God, sometimes we have been difficult soil. Still, you sent good seed and worked with us. Forgive us, Lord. May you take root in our hearts and grow your character within us. Amen.

Giving Our Tithes and Offerings                                                                         

Doxology   (UMH 94)

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Good Gardner, your word has been scattered among us. It has been planted within us. This powerful word, like the seed that has been sown, has taken root in our lives. Your word within and among us grows deep gratitude for you. Receive our offerings; receive our gifts, our willingness, all our good intentions as a response to your love. May we be a blessing to others because you have blessed us. Amen.

Prayers of the People                                                                                             

The Lord’s Prayer   (UMH 895)

Sending Forth All Things Bright and Beautiful (UMH 147)