This Week in Worship – for Sunday, July 27th

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Lect17_Year A

As Solomon prays for wisdom, we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith. In today’s gospel Jesus offers everyday images that reveal to us the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s reign, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first!

First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12
Solomon’s prayer for wisdom
Psalm: Psalm 119:129-136
When your word goes forth, it gives light and understanding. (Ps. 119:130)
Second Reading: Romans 8:26-39
Nothing can separate us from God’s love
Gospel: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Parables of the reign of heaven
Liturgical Color: Green

Calendar for the Week of July 20th

Sunday, July 20
9:45am—Blended Worship
Wednesday, July 23
6:30pm—Adult Book Study
Thursday, July 24
7:00pm—Women’s BLB—Ruby Tuesday
Saturday, July 26
Girl Scout Service Project—God’s House of Rock—All Day
Sunday, July 27
9:45am—Blended Worship

Farm Worker Dinner – August 3rd

Abiding Presence will once again sponsor a farm worker dinner for approximately 110 seasonal farm workers at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church on Sunday evening, August 3. We will be supplying hamburgers, hot dogs, side dishes, and all of the fixings for the meal. Volunteers will be needed to supply the food, transport local workers to and from St. Bernadette’s, and set up, serve, and clean up after the meal. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the narthex in July. Please contact Dan Young at 919-389-6000 or at EHSDan521@aol.com for further information. Thank you to all who have supported and continue to support this important local ministry.

Adult Book Study

Pastor Diane (our newest staff member) is leading a six week book study on “Making All Things New” by Henri Nouwen at from 6:00—7:30 on Wednesday evenings.  The book study began July 16th, but it’s not too late to join. Email Pastor Diane:  d2amidon@bellsouth.net for details.

Flapjack Fundraiser for National Youth Gathering

Our youth group is sponsoring a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s on Main Street in Fuquay Varina on August 23 from 8:00am – 11:00am.  Tickets are just $7.00 each.  Grab your spouse, children and friends and come out to enjoy a great breakfast and help support our youth and their plans to join with others in Detroit in 2015.  NYG youth would be delighted to sell you tickets before & after services on Sunday. Thank you for your support!

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, July 20th

Sixth Sunday after PentecostLect16_Year A

It is an age-old question: why is there evil in the world? In the parable of the wheat and the weeds Jesus suggests that both grow together until the harvest. With Paul, we long for the day that all creation will be set free from bondage and suffering. Having both weeds and wheat within us, we humbly place our hope in the promises of God, and from the Lord’s table we go forth to bear the fruit of justice and mercy.

First Reading: Isaiah 44:6-8
There is no other God than the LORD
Psalm: Psalm 86:11-17
Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth. (Ps. 86:11)
Second Reading: Romans 8:12-25
The revealing of the children of God
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The parable of the weeds
Liturgical Color: Green

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, July 13th

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Lect15_Year A

God’s word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. At the Lord’s table we are fed with the bread of life, that we may bear fruit in the world.

First Reading: Isaiah 55:10-13
The growth of the word to accomplish God’s purpose
Psalm: Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-14 (Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-13 NRSV)
Your paths overflow with plenty. (Ps. 65:12)
Second Reading: Romans 8:1-11
Live according to the Spirit
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
The parable of the sower and the seed
Liturgical Color: Green

Congregational Meeting to Vote on Replacing Broken Sanctuary HVAC System

This Sunday, July 13, immediately following the 9:45 a.m. worship a special congregation meeting will be held to review, discuss and vote on replacing our broken heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, as recommended by the Congregation Council. A quorum of 74 voting members (Confirmed members) is needed to hold a vote.

Please make this a priority so that we can conceivably move forward on this effort, and quickly get back to worshipping in the space built for that sacred purpose.

Peace,
Pastor Jeffrey Ingold

Daily Devotions – by Pastor Jeffrey Ingold

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Calendar for the Week of July 6th

Sunday, July 6
9:45am—Blended Worship

Monday, July 7
6:00pm—9:00pm—SAFEchild—Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, July 8
6:30pm—8:00pm—Columbarium Memorial Garden Team Meeting

Wednesday, July 9
6:45pm—Summer Chime Choir Rehearsal—Fellowship Hall
7:00pm—9:00pm—Church Council

Thursday, July 10
7:00pm—9:00pm—APPLESeeds Board Meeting

Sunday, July 13
9:00am—1:30pm—Blood Drive
9:45am—Blended Worship
11:00am—Special Congregation Meeting