THIS WEEKEND IN WORSHIP 

July 11 @ 5pm or July 12 @ 9:30am

Jesus, who was a master storyteller, often used parables like the Parable of the Sower to teach These short stories used items familiar to listeners in order to illustrate a spiritual truth. Parables are stories that we can hear over and over again because there are many different perspectives from which we can approach the story. This weekend and next weekend will both begin with the Parable of the Sower, but each will focus on a different aspect of the narrative.

Reading through this weekend’s Scripture (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23) had me thinking of the old adage “Knee-high by Fourth of July,” though I’m told the new saying is “As high as an elephant’s eye by Fourth of July.” As I watch the growth in the fields and in gardens, I’ve been thinking about all those who plant and the care they take in cultivating the fruits of their labors.

We will also celebrate the baptism of Leah Rose Tully, daughter of Bryan and Ashley Tully.

Looking forward to worshiping with you this weekend!

* If you’d like to learn more about parables and how Jesus used them, you may want to watch this video ( https://bibleproject.com/videos/how-to-read-the-bible-the-parables-of-jesus/ ) or listen to these podcasts ( https://bibleproject.com/podcast/series/parables-podcast-series/). Bibleproject.com has some great information that is well-presented. If you have time, you might enjoy looking through their videos and podcasts to learn more about the Bible.

Pastor Kim

Saturday service option is at 5pm  or, Sunday service option is at 9:30am 

There are a couple of ways to join in:

1.   www.normalfirst.org

2.   https://www.facebook.com/normalfirst (this is for Sunday morning service only)

You will be able to watch the service and join the Facebook watch party, if you like.   

5:00 Service (Saturday) Virtual Fellowship – following the Service

https://bit.ly/2Wg2bEc

9:30 Service (Sunday) Virtual Fellowship – following the service

https://bit.ly/3cseKC1

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First United Methodist Church

Virtual Worship Service

July 11, 5pm & July 12, 9:30am

Welcome & Greeting                 

Prelude                                “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”          arr. Hayes                        

Bridge Campaign Report

Call to Worship

Hymn                                  “Now Thank We All Our God”                       #617

Chorus                               “Where Children Belong”                            #2233 

Children’s Moment                    The Reckless Sower

Baptism                                        Leah Rose Tully

                                         Parents are Bryan and Ashley Tully

Scripture    Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 (CEB)

Message                                  “The Reckless Sower”

Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Offering                                          “Adoration”                                        Price

Hymn of Commitment              “Hymn of Promise”                                   #707

Blessing and Sending Forth

Postlude                    “Lord, You Give the Great Commission”      arr. Gotkowski

This Weekend in Worship – July 11 & 12, 2020