Worship – July 12th – Throw Love!

Welcome to Shepherd of the Hill’s online worship! We are thankful that you have come to this corner of the internet for some of God’s Word and time for reflection and worship. As you engage the below worship service, you are encouraged to quiet the world around you. Turn off or silence your phone. Find a quiet spot in your house or outdoors.

The service is approximately 30 minutes in length if you follow all the pieces. Songs have been contributed by our Worship Team and our traditional service pianist. Our lectors have recorded the readings. Pastor Adam has recorded a sermon for viewing. There is also liturgy (litanies, prayers, calls to worship) contained in the service. If you are worshiping with someone, please share the reading of these pieces with them.

Our kids’ bulletin, “The Sunday Paper,” can be found at the link below. It is based off of our Gospel reading for the week:

Call to Worship – Based on Psalm 65
Praise awaits you, our God!
to you our vows will be fulfilled.

You who answer prayer,
to you all people will come.

When we were overwhelmed by sins,
you forgave our sins.

You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,
the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.

Gathering Song – For the Fruit of All Creation
Lyrics can be found here.
Played by Donna Natseway

Scripture Readings

Reading – Isaiah 55:10-13
The reading can be found here.
Read by Jenny Hoffmann

Gospel Reading – Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
The reading can be found here.
Read by Peter McCarthy

Pastor Adam’s Message – Throw Love

Questions for Reflection
When you look at your own life, what kind of soil do you see?

When you look at our community, what kinds of soil do you see? And where?

What does it mean to you that God throws the “seed” everywhere?

How can you participate in God’s joyful sowing of the world?

Centering Songs

Contemporary Song – Blessed Be Your Name

Performed by the SOTH Worship Team

Traditional Song – Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil
Lyrics can be found here.
Played by Donna Natseway

Prayers – Like a Seed
For all the blessings of this life,
we give thanks to You, Creator God.
For families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and strangers,
who nurture us, that the love of God may grow within.
That Your love, your Word, like a seed,
may grow to produce in us, good fruit.
May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.

For the leaders of various nations and cities,
that they may lead with strong hearts and gentle hands and generous spirits,
with compassion and mercy, with wisdom and grace.
May they reflect your will guiding all their actions and decisions.
May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.

For those who serve in harms way,
those who live in dangerous places,
those who live in areas of war and strife,
those who live in fear,
those who worry about employment, bills, food,
and struggle just to find dignity in life.
May your grace bring peace and safety to all people, one to another.
May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.

For those who suffer from any illness or dis-ease—
of mind, body, or spirit.
Restore these, and all those we carry in our hearts, to fullness of health—
health as only you, O God, can bring.
May your mercy shower each of us with healing mercy and love.
May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.

For those who are dying, and for those who have died.
Send forth your comforting love.
Give solace to those who mourn.
Console those who grieve.
May your grace surround us
like a mantle upon our heads,
a shawl upon our shoulders,
a hand, to hold our hand.
May your love, be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.

Sending Song – Holy Spirit Come
Performed by the SOTH Worship Team

May your life be soil that grows all the seeds that God sows
But, more importantly,
May you see the world through the eyes of the joyful sower
Who throws the seed with an overflowing love
And covers all soils
With the hope of new life!

Giving and Offering
Shepherd of the Hills is very blessed and grateful for your continued financial support during this difficult time of physical distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your giving allows us to continue to provide worship, support and outreach until it is safe to gather in person again. We realize that the pandemic has caused many financial challenges. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries.

There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.

Thank you again for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.  

Prayers: Like a Seed – Written by Rev. Terri C. Pilarski