Sixth Sunday After Pentecost At-Home Service for July 12

July 12 is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost when we dive into the parable of the sower. It may be imagined that one kind of person is like the path, another like the rocky ground, and still others like the thorns. This way of understanding the parable also forces each of us to constantly work at becoming like the good soil.  We search for the right conditions under which we may become fruitful. 

Follow along with the the At-home version of the Sixth Sunday After Pentecost service.  Click here or on the image below to view the at-home version of the service.

Pastor Rike’s Sermon

This absurd generosity of the sower reflects the generosity of God in Christ Jesus. The gift does not depend upon the response.  The parable of the sower reflects the grace of Christ Jesus. He did not wait until people proved they would be worthy before being sacrificed on the cross. Quite the opposite. “At the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6) “Christ suffered…the righteous for the unrighteous in order to bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18) That’s the absurd, abundant, gracious gift of God given for you. Click here to read the complete sermon.

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Follow along with the service on video led by Pastor David Rike with music performed by Randy Broker. 

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The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost Service for July 12 includes: Hymn: Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty performed by Randy Broker, First Reading Isaiah 55:10-13, Holy Gospel Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Sermon by Pastor David Rike, Hymn: We Plow the Fields and Scatter performed by Randy Broker, Prayers and Lord’s Prayer, Blessing