Let it grow, Let it become

Invisibilia Episode
Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

Sermon begins at roughly 17 minutes.

WELCOME
One: May the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with each
and everyone of you.
People: And also with you.
*CALL TO WORSHIP: of Psalm 86
One: Today’s response to the call to worship is, “Teach us your ways, O Lord”
One: That we might walk in truth,
All: Teach us your ways, O Lord.
One: That we might have an undivided heart, true and reverent,
All: Teach us your ways, O Lord.
One: Great is your steadfast love, you have delivered us,
All: Teach us your ways, O Lord.
One: That we might be followers of your path,
All: Teach us your ways, O Lord.
*HYMN: “Open the Eyes of My Heart”
*CALL TO CONFESSION
Leader: My siblings, not out of dread and fear, but believing that God is faithful to forgive, let us rid ourselves of what we no longer need to carry.
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
All: Holy One, in whom we live and who sustains our being, forgive us our failures. Forgive our misspoken words, our irrational acts and acting out. Forgive the way we bleed on others when we fail to tend our wounds. Forgive the way we see fault in other and fail to see it in ourselves. We bring before you all our brokenness and our need for your healing. Forgive us God, restore us,
SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION
*ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Leader: Hear then these good words, there is no sin, no fault, no mistake that God’s love does not completely overshadow. You are wholly loved, treasured, and forgiven.
People: In Jesus Christ we are restored!

*RESPONSE OF PRAISE “Gloria Patri”
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, Amen, Amen
*SHARING OF THE PEACE
As we share the peace with one another, please feel free to toot your car horn, wave, throw an air kiss or a long distance hug, text a friend, let people know they are loved!
Leader: Having been assured of God’s forgiveness and peace, let us share a sign of Christ’s peace with one another. The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
People: And also with you.
SCRIPTURE LESSON Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 N.T.


SERMON “Let it Grow, Let it Become” Rev. Cynthia Wunder


*HYMN “You Are”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ~ The Apostle’s Creed
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 Spirit; 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 living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; The Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.


Prayers of the People
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

OFFERING OF OUR GIFT AND TALENTS
*RESPONSE Doxology” (traditional)
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
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Gracious and Holy God, where you see treasure, we see brokenness, help us to live and abide in gratitude and find refuge in your love. You have created us good, teach us to be the good in the world, that we might reflect your love and abundance. Amen
Sending Hymn: “Let It Rise”
*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
*FAREWELL
POSTLUDE

When the Fire Burns Out

 

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A few quotes from the sermon:

Great masses of people these days live out their lives in a dull and loveless stupor. Sensitive persons find our inartistic manner of existence oppressive and painful, and they withdraw from sight… I believe what we lack is joy. The ardor that a heightened awareness imparts to life, the conception of life as a happy thing, as a festival… But the high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.

Herman Hesse

A stretch of sky, a garden wall overhung by green branches, a strong horse, a handsome dog, a group of children, a beautiful face — why should we be willing to be robbed of all this? Whoever has acquired the knack can in the space of a block see precious things without losing a minute’s time… All things have their vivid aspects, even the uninteresting or ugly; one must only want to see.

Herman Hesse

Numbers 20 tells us that we need to be cautious of taking on too much responsibility especially when we are lost in grief, overwhelmed. Then especially we must be on the hunt for those moments of grace which call out to us, which help us find our center and our balance in God’s grace. This is the time when we must practice that essential discipline of seeking out and affirming all that is good, all that is true, all that is graced with beauty and shines with life. When we are in pain, or have shouldered too much responsibility, when the way has grown too long and we can’t see the end, this is the time and the place we must dig in and refuse to live in despair, to live in anger. This is when we must seek with all our hearts the grace and beauty of God. It may be the hardest place to seek it, but here more than ever we must seek and we must affirm that Love wins, Love is the first word, the most enduring and the final word. We do not seek a triumphal faith that promises us no harm will come to us, that all will always be bright and shiny and without flaw. No, we seek a faith that will live in us when all seems lost, when our hearts are broken. We seek a faith that will work in us and change us, that we might live beautiful, faithful, true lives no matter which valley we walk through.

It takes no special talent to look around our world and point out things that are numbing, depressing, or death-dealing. But becoming keenly and consistently aware of what’s good., true, and beautiful demands a discipline: we must open our eyes, minds, and hearts, and keep them open.

As we open up, we begin to see beauty everywhere, not only in nature but in human nature. There’s a lot of bad news out there, but there’s a lot of good news as well. Today we celebrate the unique and beautiful call of faith, that of paying attention to all of God’s love and grace, of being mindful and aware of the deep beauty and love in our lives, especially when we wander too long in the desert, when our eyes are downcast, when we lose those we love, when we just really, really want to hit that rock twice. To pause and notice, no matter how painful things are at the moment, how beautiful, how lovely, how enduring and persistent is the love of God.

Mindful” by Mary Oliver

Every day

I see or hear

something

that more or less kills me

with delight,

that leaves me

like a needle In the haystack

of light.

 

It is what I was born for—

to look, to listen, to lose myself

inside this soft world—

to instruct myself

over and over in joy,

and acclamation.

Nor am I talking

about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,

the very extravagant—

but of the ordinary,

the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.

Oh, good scholar,

I say to myself,

how can you help but grow wise

with such teachings

as these—

the untrimmable light of the world,

the ocean’s shine,

the prayers that are made

out of grass?