Scripture Texts and Prayers of the Day
Helps while Worshiping at Home in July
(Click link at bottom of worship guide for today's song selections)
July 12, 2020 6th Sunday after Pentecost
FIRST READING: Isaiah 55:10-13
SECOND READING: Romans 8:1-11
GOSPEL: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
Reconciling God, we confess that we do not trust your abundance, and we deny your presence in our lives. We place our hope in ourselves and rely on our own efforts. We fail to believe that you provide enough for all. We abuse your good creation for our own benefit. We fear difference and do not welcome others as you have welcomed us. We sin in thought, word, and deed. By your grace, forgive us; through your love, renew us; and in your Spirit, lead us; so that we may live and serve you in newness of life. Amen.
GATHERING SONG: "What Is This Place"; ELW #524
HYMN OF PRAISE: "Glory To God"
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, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: "Alleluia "; ELW #174
SONG OF THE DAY: "Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil" Sing twice; ELW #512
SENDING SONG: "On What Has Now Been Sown"; ELW #550
Weekly Grace News - JULY 5 - july 11, 2020
IN-PERSON WORSHIP IN OUR SANCTUARY IS STILL ON HOLD. For the immediate future, Church Council has determined that we will continue with the live streamed and radio broadcast service at 9am as-is, and concentrate on organizing occasional outdoor opportunities for worship, fellowship, and service at alternate times over the summer months. A working group has been formed--and is welcoming additional members--to continue to assess the safety of indoor worship and coordinate the many logistical details involved in returning to sanctuary gatherings in accordance with public health guidelines.
TAKE OUR FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP SURVEY and assist Grace's leadership as we continue to prayerfully and thoughtfully explore how our congregation can begin to gather again. The survey will take five minutes and can be completed online here: https://forms.gle/XnwxjxPr75h3QYLc6. The survey will also appear in print with the July issue of the Grace Notes. Please choose one of these two options for completing the survey and only do it once! Thank you for adding your voice and prayers to our discernment in this uncertain time.
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL WORSHIP IN THE PARK at Centennial Park in Dodgeville, Sunday, August 9th at 9am on the southeast lawn under the trees. All participants should bring their own chairs, wear face coverings, maintain a six-foot distance, and, if desired, bring their own food and drink. (This will just be a Grace event this year; Plymouth and Dodgeville UCC will rejoin us next year.)
LOOKING FOR EVENTS WE CAN PUBLISH FOR THE WEEKLY GRACE NEWS! If you have details about an event that you would like to share with other members of Grace, contact Karla in the office 935-5718 or send an email to churchoffice.glc@gmail. We’d like to include your news with our news!