Parables of the unholy

Parables of the unholy

Mill Plain UMC
Sunday August 27, 2023
Parables of the Unholy
Matthew 13:31-34, 44-45

Blessed Be Your Name
Bigger Table
You Are The Seed
Bring Forth The Kingdom

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Mill Plain UMC

August 27, 2023

10 a.m.

Praise Song                               Blessed Be Your Name


Call to Worship

Worship Assistant:  O give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name.

People:  Sing to God!  Sing praises to God!  Tell of God’s wonderful works!

Worship  Assistant:  Glory in God’s holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

 (Based on Psalm 105:1-3)

Opening Prayer

God, like a baker woman, you bring the leaven which causes our hopes to rise.  Witty your strong and gentle hands, shape our lives.  Warm us with your love.  Take our common lives and touch them with your grace, that we may nourish hope among humanity.  We pray trusting in your name, through Jesus our Christ.  Amen.

(reprinted from The United Methodist Book of Worship, copyright 1992, by permission of The United Methodist Publishing House.)  

Praise Songs                                    A Bigger Table


Young Disciples Moment

Special Music          Dennis and Annie – Here I am Lord

Silent Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer


Presentation of Offerings           



Matthew 13:31-34, 44-45

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like 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.” He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing.

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;

Hymn                                           You Are the Seed #583

Sermon                                        Parables of the Unholy                                                         


God the Sower, God the Baker, your grace is often hidden in the ordinary things of life; your beauty is buried in the mundane.  We confess we fail to recognize the holy in the unholy, your blessings in our challenges.  Open our eyes to recognize you in the commonplace.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Hymn             Bring forth the Kingdom #2190


Pastor: Go in peace to serve God and your neighbor in all that you do.

People:  We are sent in Christ’s name.

Pastor:  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

People:  Amen