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Proper 10A

Call to Worship

Based upon Matthew 13:31ff. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1999. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

The kingdom of God is here, and coming.

A mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;
it is the smallest of all the seeds,
but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree,
so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.

The kingdom of God is here, and coming.

Yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour
until all was leavened.

The kingdom of God is here, and coming.

Treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid;
then joyfully sells all he has and buys the field.

The kingdom of God is here, and coming.

A merchant in search of fine pearls;
on finding one of great value,
sells all of his possessions and buys the pearl.

The kingdom of God is here, and coming.

Let all who have ears, hear.

Benediction - based on Luke 8:4ff, Mark 4:1ff, Matthew 13:1ff

In the name of the God
who creates see and calls each one good;

In the name of the God
who knows the dangers of weeds and thorns;

In the name of the God
who carries safely to good soil, now and forever;

In the name of the God
go forth from this place to blossom and bear fruit.
Amen.