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Sermon: “The Wheat and the Tares”
Theme: Community means that we are among people who do not necessarily share our maturity, faith, or perspective, but it is up to God to accomplish justice.
Purpose: We will learn to be less anxious about experiencing people who are different from ourselves and challenges to our perspectives and beliefs.
Scriptures: Romans 8:12-25 We have a spirit of adoption so that we may cry, “Abba, Father!” We do not consider the present sufferings as something that will overwhelm.
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Parable of the wheat and the tares.
How should we respond to people who we experience as being toxic or destructive? How should we behave towards people whose faith is in opposition to our own? What is our responsibility in the way we treat people who do not like to be around? What does it mean that God has caused “good” and “evil” to coexist? What does it mean to have a relationship of closeness with God that frees us from fear? How does a strong, mature, and confident relationship with God change the way we relate to people who we dislike?
Description for Sunday July 19th, 2020
Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
Permission to podcast/stream the service music obtained from ONE LICENSE,
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Hymn Glory to God Hymnal #435 “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”
TEXT: Frederick William Faber, 1854, alt.
MUSIC (IN BABILONE 126.96.36.199.D): Dutch melody; arr. Julius Röntgen, c. 1906
The Presbyterian Hymnal #579 “Gloria Patri”
Glory Be to the Father
TEXT: Trad. liturgical text. Composer: Henry W. Greatorex (1851)
Sending Glory to God Hymnal #547 “Go My Children with My Blessing”
TEXT: Jaroslav J. Vajda, 1983; © 1983 Concordia Publishing House
MUSIC (AR HYD Y NOS 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206): Welsh melody
Liturgist: Nancy Pitzen