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Bethel Presbyterian Church
6th Sunday after Pentecost
We welcome everyone to our service of worship this Lord’s Day
Congratulations to Garfield & Marilyn Strickland on their 40th Wedding Anniversary on July 11th
Sympathy of the congregation is extended to Madeline Matheson & Linda Greaves in the passing of Archie MacDonald nephew of Madeline & cousin of Linda
Sacred Spaces and Faith Formation
Camps and conference centres have been an important part of The Presbyterian Church in Canada for many years, providing vital ministry outreach to all ages. For adults, conference centres create “sacred spaces” for retreat, leadership development, education, missionary training, vocational discernment and so much more. For children and youth, a summer camp experience can help them to grow spiritually, socially and physically in a fun-filled and safe place of adventure and challenge. Camps play an important role in faith formation for children who would not otherwise have an opportunity to learn about Christ’s love. Please pray for PCC camps and conference centres so that they may continue to provide vital, life-giving outreach for many years to come.
Presbyterians Sharing provides resources for camps
Monday, July 13 We thank God who made the world, and all life, with incredible beauty and diversity. We pray for the wisdom and strength to honour these gifts and protect the world’s biodiversity.
Tuesday, July 14 We give thanks for the pastoral ministry that our Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rev. Amanda Currie, is offering to our church. Remember her in prayer as she continues to serve in this office over the coming year.
Wednesday, July 15 We pray for Major Kenneth MacRae, who serves as a regular force military chaplain in Edmonton, Alta., and for his ministry of presence with the diverse communities that are part of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Thursday, July 16 We pray for the ministries and mission of the Presbytery of Cape Breton.
Friday, July 17 During the summer heat, we pray for our fragile environment and consider using air conditioning sparingly.
Saturday, July 18 We give thanks for the creative ways that children’s ministry leaders are engaging with families this summer.
Order of Service
Blessed Jesus, at your word we are gathered all to hear you;
let our minds and wills be stirred now to love you and revere you;
by your teachings true and holy drawn from earth to love you solely.
All our knowledge, sense and sight lie in deepest darkness shrouded,
till your Spirit breaks our night with the beams of truth unclouded;
you alone to God can win us; you must work all good within us.
Glorious Lord, yourself impart, light of light, from God proceeding,
open now each mind and heart; help us by the Spirit’s pleading.
Hear the cry your church now raises; Lord, accept our prayers and praises.
19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23 The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” 24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them. 27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.) 31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” 33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. 106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. 108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. 110 The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. 112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.
8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4 in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. 5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what the nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The sinful mind is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. 9 You, however, are controlled by the sinful nature not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but your Spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who lives in you.
13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.” 18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The one who received the seed that fell amongst the thorns is the man hears the word, but worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choked it, making it unfruitful. 23 But the one received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; God’s hand the wonders wrought.
This is the Maker’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their maker’s praise.
This is my Maker’s world: God shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass God’s footsteps pass; God speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Saviour’s world. O let me not forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Saviour’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus who died shall be satisfied, and earth and Heaven be one.
Word of God, across the ages comes your message to our life,
source of hope, forever present in our toil and fears and strife,
constant witness to God’s mercy, still our grace, whate’er be fall,
guide unfailing, strength eternal, offered freely to us all.
Story of our wondrous journey from the shadows of the night,
garnered truth of sage and prophet, guiding forward into light,
words and deeds of Christ our teacher, pointing to the life and way,
still appealing, still inspiring, in the struggles of today.
In the tongues of all the peoples may the message bless and heal,
as devout and patient scholars more and more its depths reveal.
Bless, O God, to wise and simple, all your truth of ageless worth,
till all lands receive the witness and your knowledge fills the earth.