1 O Lord , thou hast searched me out, and known me.† Thou knowest my downsitting, and míne uprísing;* thou understandest my thoughts lóng befóre.
2 Thou art about my path, and abóut my béd; *
and art acquainted with áll my wáys. 3 For lo, there is not a word ín my tóngue, * but thou, O Lord , knowest it áltogéther.
4 Thou hast beset me behínd and befóre, *
and laid thine hánd upón me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful and éxcellent for mé; * I cannot attain únto ít.
6 Whither shall I go then fróm thy Spírit? *
or whither shall I go then fróm thy présence? 7 If I climb up into heaven, thóu art thére; *
if I go down to hell, thou árt there álso.
8 If I take the wíngs of the mórning, *
and remain in the uttermost párts of the séa; 9 Even there also shall thy hánd léad me, *
and thy right hánd shall hóld me.
10 If I say, Peradventure the dárkness shall cóver me; *
then shall my night be túrn-ed to dáy. 11 Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee,† but the night is as cléar as the dáy; *
the darkness and light to thee are bóth alíke.
12 For my réins are thíne; *
thou hast covered me in my móther’s wómb.
23 Try me, O God, and seek the gróund of my héart; * prove me, and exámine my thóughts.
24 Look well if there be any way of wíckedness ín me; *
and lead me in the wáy everlásting.
Glory be to the Father, and tó the Són, * and to the Hóly Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, † is now, and éver sháll be, * world wíthout énd. Amen.
Offer up your own prayer. Offer praise and thanksgiving to God. Share your worries and concerns with God. Pray for other people. Pray for people who are sick, lonely, and afraid. Pray for medical professionals, medical researchers, first responders, and community leaders who are working so hard to keep us well. Ask God to help you find creative ways to reach out to people and share God’s love via phone, card, email, or social media, etc.
You plant each of us like seeds in the same field and together we are nourished and nurtured by the sun.
We sway in the wind and are refreshed by the rain.
We are blessed by the knowledge that you want us to grow towards what you call us to be.
When we deprive others of that same opportunity, forgive us.
When we want to uproot those whom we believe do not belong in our part of the field, forgive us.
When we label others as good or bad rather than accept them for who they are, forgive us.
When we are reluctant to acknowledge that we ourselves are a mixture of weeds and wheat, forgive us.
When we are afraid to look into the fields of our own lives to see what is growing there, forgive us.
O God, you know us inside and out, through and through.
You search us out and lay your hand upon us.
You know what we are going to say even before we speak.
So we pray that you will help us to reach out to the uprooted and rejected,
the lonely and the outcast, and to develop and grow the good in ourselves, in others and in the world.
This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
by Moira Laidlaw, used by permission. https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/07/prayer-of-confession-matthew-1324-30.html
Words and music by Rich Mullins, Mitch McVicker, and Tom Boothe
© 1998 Liturgy Legacy Music / Word Music / ASCAP / White Plastic Bag Music / SESAC / De Cristos Music / BMI
Rev Betty Kniss
We cannot deny that the weeds and the wheat grow in the mix of our lives. The thing is we can't root out the weeds without also pulling out the wheat. It's all in the mix. The only way to get rid of evil is to do good..
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Prayer: God of the universe, we come to worship, longing to set our minds on the Holy Spirit, to live with Christ within us. We have not always made room for Christ in the clutter of our lives. We have indulged our wants so often that too often the voice of the Spirit is downed out. As we dedicate these gifts this morning, may it help us to live more in tune with the Spirit and to use our resources in a way that reflects that Christ is Lord of all our lives. In his holy name, we pray. Amen. (Romans 8:1-11)
I searched the world, but it couldn't fill me
Man's empty praise and treasures that fade Are never enough
Then You came along and put me back together
And every desire is now satisfied here in Your love
Oh there's nothing better than You. There's nothing better than You.
Lord there's nothing, Nothing is better than You
I'm not afraid to show You my weakness
My failures and flaws, Lord You've seen them all, And You still call me friend
'Cause the God of the mountain Is the God of the valley
And there's not a place Your mercy and grace won't find me again
Bridge 1 and 2
You turn mourning to dancing, You give beauty for ashes
You turn shame into glory, You're the only one who can
You turn graves into gardens, You turn bones into armies
You turn seas into highways, You're the only one who can, You're the only one who can
Go knowing that Jesus shows us the goodness of God, and it is God's goodness that overcomes the depth of evil. Amen
Further Readings for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 19, 2020 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A
1st Reading: Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm: Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
2nd Reading: Romans 8:12-25
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
When: July 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM on Zoom
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Book: We continue with the fantastically-engaging book called "Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim" by Sabeeha Rehman - an award winning, autobiographical book about a woman who came to the US as a young bride from Pakistan. It chronicles her sometimes-bumpy and humorous ride, as she tried to sort out what it means to be an American, what it means to be a Pakistani woman in America, and what it means to be an American Muslim.
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Starting July 29 at 10:00 am for 5 weeks via Zoom
Book: "Oddly Enough Standing Out When the World Begs You to Fit In"
by Carolanne Miljavac.
It's time to embrace the "you" God made you to be. Tune out the naysayers of the world and jump into His loving arms. He'll walk alongside you as you passionately pursue your God-given purpose. With chapters like “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Control Freak,” and “Mistakes and Grace,” you will find yourself becoming a little more courageous...and a lot more confident about God’s purpose for your life.
If you have ever felt insignificant, out of place, uncomfortable, or unqualified this is for you. Join Rev. Betty for a Virtual Zoom Woman's Book Study!
The book is available from Rev Betty for $5.00 (she has 9 copies) or you can get it on Kindle, as an audio book or paperback at Amazon.com.
Please sign up by emailing Rev Betty at email@example.com