1615 Brantley Rd.
Kannapolis, NC 28083
July 12, 2020 
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son +, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
C: Amen.

P: Let us pray.
C: Heavenly Father, scatter the seed of your Word in our hearts. Grant that it may be received in joy, sprout, and bear the fruits of your mercy as we grow in faith, hope, and love. Then send us into your world to scatter the seeds of your love; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

P:  Truly, I say to you, all who commit sin are slaves to sin. The slave does not continue in the house forever; the son continues forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 
~Silence for self-reflection and examination~

P:  Most merciful God,
C:  We confess that we are slaves to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. On account of your great mercy, through your Son Jesus Christ, we pray that you would free us from ourselves, so that we may trust in your promise and obey your commandments, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
P: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake, God forgives you all your sins. He has loosed our bonds of sin and death, and has made us his children — heirs of eternal life. For freedom Christ has set us free, let us not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 
C:  Amen.

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace from above,
and for our salvation,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world,
for the well-being of the Church of God,
and for the unity of all,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house,
and for all who offer here their worship and praise,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

HYMN OF PRAISE                                                     "Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God"                                                WOV 783 

GOSPEL READING                                                                                                                                                 Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9He who has ears, let him hear.”
18{Jesus said to the disciples,} “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

C: I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

P: Lord God, you call us together as the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church — not just as an individual congregation, but as people from around the world who are one in Jesus Christ. We thank you for the opportunity you give us to serve together with one another. Bless our cooperative ministries and the ministries of our brothers and sisters in Christ [especially …]. Strengthen our work as the body of Christ. Lord in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer.
P: God of creation, you give us the earth to tend and plants for food. In the midst of these summer months we pray for adequate rainfall to support plant growth, so that as the plants flourish the harvest will be plentiful and your children everywhere may be fed. Sow your seeds of love and faith into our hearts, dear Lord, that we too might experience a season of growth. Lord in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer.
P: Most gracious God, you have promised to be with us always. To those whom you have given many years, grant that they may continue to join in thanking you for all the bounty of your overflowing love. Continue to uphold them, Lord, with strength and dignity. Abide with them, that they might continue to bear witness to your unending presence. We give thanks for the elders in our congregation who have taught us and supported us in the faith. Lord in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer.
P: We give thanks, everlasting Father, for your servants who have departed this life in faith and now share the joys of your heavenly kingdom. We humbly ask that, with them, we may live in Christ and die in him, and at the last awaken in his likeness in the resurrection to life everlasting. We pray also for those who are suffering in mind, body, or spirit [especially…] Lord in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer. Amen.

The Lord Bless you and keep you,
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious
to you;
The Lord place His spirit upon you and give you peace.
C: Amen.
10:00 AMSunday Service w/Holy Communion