Order of Worship: July 12, 2020


6th Sunday of Pentecost


July 12, 2020 

   Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: The Reverend Aaron Ochart

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PRELUDE              Book 1 No. 8                   Claude Debussy


CALL TO WORSHIP   (responsive)  

Almighty God, you have taught us through Christ that love fulfills the law.

May we love you with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength, and may we love our neighbor as ourselves;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


PRAYER OF THE DAY   (responsive)

Eternal God, open our eyes to see your hand at work in the splendor of creation and in the beauty of human life. Touched by your hand, our world is holy. Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us, to share our blessings with our sisters and brothers, and to experience the joy of life in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, on God, forever and ever.


HYMN       324   “Open My Eyes, That I May See”   
Open my eyes that I may see Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key That shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now, I wait for Thee, Ready my God, Thy will to see;
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!
Open my ears that I may hear Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while he wave notes fall on my ear, Everything false will disappear. 
Silently now, I wait for Thee, Ready my God, Thy will to see;
Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!
Open my mouth, and let me bear Gadly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart, and let me prepare Love with Thy children thus to share.
Silently now, I wait for Thee, Ready my God, Thy will to see;
Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!


CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  


 Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy, forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. Amen       


KYRIE 572                                            John Merbecke

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     


FIRST LESSON                                                          Matthew 13: 1-9:18-23

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”

 “Hear then the parable of the sower.  When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path.  As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.  But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”                                                                                     

L: The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                      

P: Thanks be to God.                                          



Your word is a lamp to my feet

    and a light to my path.

I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,

    to observe your righteous ordinances.

I am severely afflicted;

    give me life, O Lord, according to your word.

Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord,

    and teach me your ordinances.

I hold my life in my hand continually,

    but I do not forget your law.

The wicked have laid a snare for me,

    but I do not stray from your precepts.

Your decrees are my heritage forever;

    they are the joy of my heart.

I incline my heart to perform your statutes

    forever, to the end. 

SECOND LESSON     Romans 8: 1-11       

 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

L: The Word of the Lord.

P: Thanks be to God.                          

SERMON           “Getting Dirty”             Aaron Ochart



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 Ghost, 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 quick and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. 


Our Father who 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; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen

Hymn 551   “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”
Come, ye thankful people come, Raise the song of harvest home:
All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide For wants to be supplied:
Come to God’s own temple, come, Raise the song of harvest home. 
Even so, Lord, quickly come To thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in, Free from sorrow, free from sin.
There forever purified, in Thy presence to abide:
Come, with all Thine angels, come, Raise the glorious harvest home.


God most compassionate and merciful, we thank you that you have come to us in Jesus Christ, whose disciples we are. Make us strong in your strength; make us wise in your wisdom; and make us gentle in your compassion. May we be signs of the human unity you seek to accomplish through the cross of Jesus Christ, that your name may be glorified in all the earth.



POSTLUDE       Sonata in E Major, K. 380   Domenico Scarlatti