Still God Sows: 21st Century Worship Resources for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Gathering Meditation: Still God Sows
(Based on Matthew 13:1-23)
What can be compared to God's faithfulness? In spite of 'thorny' receptions, God continues to sow good news. Forgiveness, grace, love, and comfort all come from God's hand with the hope that someone will receive them.
God sows tirelessly knowing that distractions prevent many seeds from sprouting. God sows when Doubt barges in, when Impatience taunts faith saying, "Why not give up because God has not answered yet?"
Still God sows, hoping that we will be the "good soil" that chooses to believe, to endure and to bear good fruit.
Call to Worship
Based on Psalm 119:105-112
One Voice: Your word is a lamp to my feet.
Many Voices: Show our feet where the righteous walk.
Protect us from evil and prod us to fight for justice.
Guide us past temptation and inspire us to help someone in need.
One Voice: Your word is a light to my path.
Many Voices: Light the path when we walk alone through dark alleys, empty parking lots and deserted streets.
One Voice: Lord, you are the giver of life.
Many Voices: Give us life when misery dulls our souls.
Give us life when sorrow swallows hope.
Give us life when we are persecuted and afflicted.
One Voice: Accept our offerings of praise, Lord.
Many Voices: Praise you Lord: Lamp to our feet,
Light to our path,
Giver of life!