Faith & Arts intergenerational Christian Ed. activities for this week, July 5:
Activities based on Matthew 13:24-43 (Parable of Wheat & Weeds)
Lighting of the solidarity lamp
–Symbolic of our Sister Church relationship with El Divino Redentor
Prelude “Holy, holy, holy” by Reginald Heber, arranged by John Bacchus Dykes
Call to worship (based on Psalm 96:1-3;9-13)
O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless God’s name;
tell of God’s salvation from day to day.
Declare God’s glory among the nations,
God’s marvelous works among all the peoples.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor;
tremble in God’s presence, all the earth.
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
God will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord; for God is coming,
God is coming to rule the earth.
– to rule the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with truth!
Hymnal #44 – When in our music God is glorified
Welcome & prayer
Virtual Passing the Peace (break-out groups)
– The current children’s offering benefits Randolph Street Community Gardens
– All households are invited to set out a basket and gather an offering weekly
Scripture: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 & 47-52
Green songbook #71 – Alleluia, the Great Storm is over
Congregational sharing & prayer
Faith and Arts Sunday school Reflections
Meditative music “Moderato” & “Larghetto” from Variations in B minor by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
– In the absence of a weekly offering collection, reflect on how you are practicing and receiving generosity. Consider giving to First Mennonite Church by mailing a check, giving through your bank, or giving online.
Work of the church
Hymnal #427 – You shall go out with joy
Worship Leader – Pastor Deb
Music – Andrea & Ally Welty Peachey
Prelude & meditation music – John Trimmer
Children’s Storyteller – Lesley Deem
Scripture Reader – Tammie Bouseman
Sermon & sharing – Pastor Michael