July 30th 2023 -“God’s amazing incomprehensible Grace”

2023-07-30 "God's amazing incomprehensible grace" 11 AM

Dear Friends,

Our lesson this week continues in the Gospel according to Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52.  Here, Jesus again is speaking in many parables.  In the parable of the mustard seed, Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a tiny mustard seed that grows into a large tree, providing shelter for birds.  The mustard seed starts small but becomes significant.  The parable teaches that even though the kingdom of heaven might begin humbly and seemingly insignificant, it has the potential to grow and impact the lives of many, providing refuge and nourishment.  One commentator notes: “There is no other explanation for the growth of Christ’s kingdom other than that it is the work of God.  The continued existence and growth of Christ’s church is a powerful confirmation of His gospel.”

Order of Service

Call to Worship
Hymn 290 “Immortal, invisible, God only wise”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 360: “Jesus, thy blood and righteousness” (sung to tune 760)
Responsive Reading: Psalm 105: 1-11
Gloria Patri
Genesis 29: 15-28 (en français – English on the screen)
Romans 8: 26-39
Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52
Sermon: “God’s amazing incomprehensible grace”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 474: “The love of God comes close”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 420: “Je louerai l’Éternal / Praise I will praise” (vs 1 en français)
Go now in peace