Worship at 9:30am, Spiritual Growth Minutes at 9:08am

August 3, 2014                                                               Pentecost 8

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! God uses his word to create and sustain saving faith in our hearts. Let us listen to it eagerly.

Order of Service: The Common Service, page 15 in front of the hymnal

Gathering Rite on Holy Baptism: page 8 in front of the blue supplement

Prayer of the Day: Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your Word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy and to bring forth fruits in faith and hope and love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen (sung)

First Lesson- Isaiah 55:10,11

Just as the snow waters the earth so that it brings forth bread today and seed for another season, so God's Word always brings the results he desires. Some results may not be seen immediately. The Word may meet with opposition or it may bring about conversation. Either way, God is glorified.

Psalm of the Day- Psalm 65, page 89 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson- Romans 8:18-25

The glories we will enjoy in heaven are so vast that, by comparison, all of our earthly sufferings are insignificant. So great is the anticipation of the Last Day that all creation expects to participate in the glorious freedom of the children of God.

Gospel Lesson- Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

God plants his Word in our heart; his Word alone can produce saving faith and bring forth the fruits of faith. God's Word cannot fail. Any failure lies in an unreceptive heart. Therefore, or Lord Jesus urges us, “He who has ears, let him hear!”

Hymn of the Day- Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast, #324

Sermon- Matthew 13:1-9,18-23Listen to the Godly Farmer's Method

Hymn- Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face, #315

Closing Hymn- Preach You the Word, #544