Holy Ambiguity

Holy Ambiguity

Mill Plain UMC
Sunday August 20, 2023
Holy Ambiguity
Psalm 23
Matthew 13:24-30

Testify to Love
Hosanna (Praise is Rising)
Your Grace is enough
The Heart of Worship
How great is our God
This little light of mine
Seek ye first

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Mill Plain UMC

August 20, 2023

10 a.m.

Praise Song                                       Testify to Love


Call to Worship

Worship Assistant:  O Lord, you have searched me and know me.

People:  Even the darkness is not dark to you.

Worship Assistant:  The night is as bright as day

People:  for darkness is as light in you.

Opening Prayer

Bountiful God, you sow within us seeds of kindness.  Grant that they may bear an abundant harvest in our treatment of your children and this earth.

Plentiful God, you sow within us seeds of mercy.  Grant that they may bear an abundant harvest of forgiveness and love for those around us.

Ever giving God, you sow within us seeds of the Gospel.  Grant that they may bear within us good news to be spread across the world.  Amen.

Praise Songs                          Hosanna (Praise is Rising)

                                                       Your Grace is Enough

Young Disciples Moment

Silent Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer


Presentation of Offerings            The Heart Of Worship

Doxology                                      How Great is Our God                                                    


Matthew 13:24-30

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

Sermon                                         Holy Ambiguity                                                                


God of the harvest, you call us to live in holy ambiguity; to look to the future and to live in the now; to trust in your judgement and to rely on your love.  Grant us humility and strength to discover you in ambiguity.  Amen.

Hymn             This little light of mine


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Closing                                  Seek Ye First