Week of Sunday, July 16
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
God’s word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. At the Lord’s table we are fed with the bread of life, that we may bear fruit in the world.
Readings and Psalm
- Isaiah 55:10-13
The growth of the word to accomplish God’s purpose
- Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-13
Your paths overflow with plenty. (Ps. 65:11)
- Romans 8:1-11
Live according to the Spirit
- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
The parable of the sower and the seed
Focusing on our mission
First Lutheran Church of the Trinity has entered into a redevelopment partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA.
The redevelopment process is focused not only on sustainability of resources, but on creating a culture where our congregation is participating in the work of the spirit.
Each month our redevelopment team will identify something new to focus on, or we will continue to work in the areas recommended by the Synod. These areas are Growth, Shared Leadership, Discipleship, Stewardship, Contextual and Relevant Worship, and an Inclusivity Plan.
Last Sunday, Pastor Tom suggested this spiritual practice for your personal use in the morning and in the evening. All you need is 2-3 minutes of time!
I am an important part of a faith community. In my faith community, we are called to grow in the Spirit, love as Christ loves us, and to participate in God’s liberating work of justice and peace. I can do all of these things through Christ who strengthens me.
God desires that I be fully alive.
God desires that all people be fully alive.
God cries out when any creature suffers.
God cries out when I suffer.
Have I felt God take delight in the joy around me?
Have I heard God cry out through anyone I’ve encountered today or yesterday What did God say?
Jesus asks me to pray for God’s Reign, a Reign were I and everyone else become happy, fed, and free. God says I deserve to be happy, fed, and free. I am a beloved Child of God, in Jesus Christ.
End by saying the Lord’s Prayer (any version is fine)!