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.
"Sowing the Word"
Isaiah 55:10–11 and Matthew 13: 1–9, Matthew 13:18–23
The Word of God is at the center of today’s readings. Isaiah 55 tells us that God’s word will accomplish that which God purposes and succeed in the thing for which God sent it. St. Paul proclaims in Romans 8 that Christ—the Word made flesh (John 1)—was sent “so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” In the Gospel reading we hear the parable of the sower and the seed, which concludes with Jesus’ promise that, “As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Because of our baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection we are united with God and, therefore, are called to be Christ’s presence in the world, sowing the word and proclaiming that “the kingdom of heaven is near.”
|Entrance Hymn||LBW 250||Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty|
|Hymn of the Day||LBW 234||Almighty God Your Word Is Cast|
|Sending hymn||WOV 760||For the Fruit of All Creation|
|LBW Lutheran Book of Worship
WOV With One Voice
In our prayers we remember the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic,"where justice has a voice."