The household gathers together. If you have a candle, light a candle to signify God’s presence. Ask the Holy Spirit to join you during this time of prayer.

GREETING
O magnify the LORD with me.
Let us exalt God’s name together!

HYMN – „God the Sculptor of the Mountains“
Words and music available online with YouTube – https://youtu.be/t-o9JJX2GzE

OPENING PRAYER
God of surprises, we gather together from the weariness of the week, from various triumphs, from fears and doubts. Open our hearts to receive your surprising message of hope for all people, for we pray in the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

PSALM 139:1-12, 23-24

Moment for silent reflection

MATTHEW 13:24-30, 36-43

SERMON on Day1.org (click here)

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (read aloud)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
O Lord God, Creator above us, Spirit within us, Lord ahead of us, open us to yourself, that we may become transparent to ourselves. Make us masters of ourselves, that we may be the servants of others.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we bless you for the gift of our lives. We bless you for the invisible fibers of loyalty and trust that bind us to the people we love and care for, for fidelity in our marriages, for care and love for our children, for the gifts you’ve allowed us to discover within ourselves, and for the gifts other people have given us by giving of themselves.

We bless you for useful jobs to do, for leisure to enjoy, for fun to have, for homes to live in, for bodies to touch, for love to share.

We pray to you for our friends and the people we care about, for people whose life has somehow become boring and lusterless, whose marriages have lost their tenderness, whose health is poor, whose hope for the years ahead is dim, and whose death is near.

We pray for peace. Let all who think lightly of making war be converted to think strongly of making peace.

We pray for people for whom today is another day of trying to find something to eat, for people in our world for whom today is another day lived under the yoke of oppression, for people who have no friends and are desperately lonely, for people who have lost somebody so close to them that they are almost dying with grief, and for people today who are dying.

O Spirit of Christ, give us a joy that outlasts our sorrows, give us a hope stronger than the despair of our discouragement, and give us a new belief that we have reason to rejoice— to be glad for who we are because you made us and gave us life, and all we have is a gift from you.

We also pray for (individual prayers)……

In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

BENEDICTION
Go into God’s world with confidence and hope. God’s presence is with you in all that you do. Be the people who plant seeds of comfort and hope. God will bring about the harvest in due time. Amen.