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Worship Sheet for Sunday 12 July – Spreading Good News

The parable of the Sower is behind our theme today – spreading the Good News. At the end of the day the results are down to God but we are responsible for playing our part in sharing the message – one that is well worth sharing. We are encouraged to share it generously in word and action.
Call : The seed is sown and the crop is grown.
Come, Lord, strengthen us as we grow in you. The rain hydrates and the sun radiates. Come, Lord, quench our thirst in the warmth of your love. The land is tilled and the flour milled. Come, Lord, refine us by your Spirit. Come let us worship the Living God as the seed of the Word is sown here with us today.

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Worship Sheet for Sunday 12 July – Spreading Good News

The parable of the Sower is behind our theme today – spreading the Good News. At the end of the day the results are down to God but we are responsible for playing our part in sharing the message – one that is well worth sharing. We are encouraged to share it generously in word and action.
Call : The seed is sown and the crop is grown.
Come, Lord, strengthen us as we grow in you. The rain hydrates and the sun radiates. Come, Lord, quench our thirst in the warmth of your love. The land is tilled and the flour milled. Come, Lord, refine us by your Spirit. Come let us worship the Living God as the seed of the Word is sown here with us today.

Mini Service https://youtu.be/foHd89V8rIY
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Listen to the 1st Prayer

Pray: Lord, thank you that the good news of Jesus is freely available today. Thank you for those shared it with us and perhaps demonstrated it in their lives. Come among us in love and grace and give us the readiness to play our part in sharing the good news of Jesus with others– give us the words to say that will help those to whom we speak; give us the deeds to display that the way we live may help others to Jesus. Sometimes we can be reluctant to engage – a lack of confidence in our abilities, fearing that we may be caught out or rejected, perhaps assuming that people are not that interested. We have an important message to pass, a real good news story – give us the courage, the faith to do our bit. Help us to be part of our message, our lives bearing out our words, and both being true to Jesus and relevant to our neighbour. And hear us as we pray together your special prayer: Our Father…. Amen.

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Matthew 13 verses 1-9 & 18-23 The Parable of the Sower.
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Sermon                https://youtu.be/W_NNulSWhP4 
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Thought: Often it’s bad news that comes to the fore and clearly over the past few months the daily statistics were pretty bleak. But without minimising the awful impact of the virus there have been some encouraging good news stories coming through – national ones like the Thursday clap in appreciation of NHS workers; other frontline workers being recognised for their key contributions; Tom’s mammoth fundraising success and the way that it lifted people’s spirits when they were at low ebb and less publicised efforts of care, compassion and kindness in many communities inc our own. There is good news out there – we just need to be more willing to share it. We have got that other good news story to share too – of Jesus and his love. That’s well worth sharing. The sower demonstrates a readiness to be generous in sowing. Farming methods were significantly different but the point was that he sowed liberally in the hope of some growth. He wasn’t responsible for ensuring that every seed bore fruit – only that his efforts sowing bore some harvest. God is responsible for the results and to some extent individuals’ own responses. We need to be sensitive and take account of the context – but actually many people are happy to be prayed for, and are open to hearing why our faith is important to us and are sometimes surprised at how relevant God can be to them in the here and now – and that is more likely if we are warm, caring and considerate – and if we listen to them. We have good news to share – let’s be generous in our sharing!

Praise: The Church is wherever God’s people CH4 522 esp v 1 & 3.
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Listen to the 2nd Prayer

Pray: Heavenly Father, in the midst of a world in crisis, full of uncertainty, concerns about the virus and its impact not only just now but for the fallout in months and years to come; about racial injustice, poverty and the widening gulf between those who have and those who haven’t; about how we address climate changes; about the divergences of outlook nationally and internationally as what constitutes a healthy society we come before you and we pray. We pray to the God of heaven and earth who loves each and every one; we pray to the Lord of the harvest who longs to feed all with bread and the bread of life; who longs for us to live in harmony as sisters and brothers to one another as well as to Jesus; who wants us to be good stewards of creation; who longs for no division at all. Help us to sow the seeds of good news in word and action, widely, generously and lovingly and to look to you to give us the fruit, the harvest, a bountiful harvest of joy and peace and love. Continue to sustain those who are hurting, guide our leaders, give strength to those caring and supporting our communities. In our prayer walk we remember those in Crescent and pray for the health sector as they step up non covid treatment. SILENCE
Lord hear our prayers silent and spoken and grant a blessing to us and our dear ones too, for Jesus’ sake. Blessing May the Lord bless you. Amen.