July 16, 2023: Find Fertile Ground

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost


Scripture: Psalm 119:105-112; Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

  • Prelude: “Prelude 1 [from Six Preludes for Organ]” by Ernest Bloch; Terry Reitz, organ
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  • Introit: “Here I Am, Lord,” music and words by Dan Schutte, adapt. by Carlton R. Young; Trinity Singers
    © 1981 OCP
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  • Hymn 71: “Glory Be to the Father (Gloria Patri),” music by Henry W. Greatorex, 1851
  • Hymn 539: “O Spirit of the Living God,” traditional tune, arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906), words by Henry H. Tweedy
    Text: © 2006 Wayne Leupold Editions
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  • Hymn 451: “Be Thou My Vision,” trad. Irish hymn, harm. by Carlton R Young, trans. by Mary E. Byrne (1905)
    harm. © 1964, United Methodist Publishing House/Abingdon Press
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  • Offertory: “Aus Meines Herzens Grunde [Fughettel]”, music by Johann Christoph Bach (1642 – 1703); Terry Reitz, organ
  • Hymn 95: “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow”, words by Thomas Ken, 1674, music attr. to Louis Bourgeois, 1551
  • Special Music: “Where He Leads Me/He Leadeth Me,” music by John Norris (1890) and William Bradbury (1864), arr. by Brant Adams; Carlos Xavier, flute; Donna Grubbs, piano
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  • Scripture Reading: Psalm 119:105-112; Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23; Dave Herr
  • Sermon: “Find Fertile Ground,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 707: “Hymn of Promise,” by Natalie Sleeth
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  • Benediction Hymn 338: “Where He Leads Me,” music by John S. Norris, words by E. W. Blandy, 1890
  • Postlude: “Toccata No. 1 Hyfrydol,” arr. by Joel Raney; Terry Reitz, organ
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  • Sermon Outline: Find Fertile Ground

Costly Discipleship – Part 4

Key Scripture Lessons

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end. (Psalm 119:105, 111-112)

“But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.” (Matthew 13:23)

A parable is an ingeniously simple word picture illuminating a profound spiritual lesson. John MacArthur

I. Costly v. Cheap Discipleship (Costly v. Cheap Grace)

a. Part 1: “A Matter of Life or Death” Difficult words and tough truths, God first, can cause division (June 25)
b. Part 2: “God Will Provide” Tough and terrifying scripture lessons – the sacrifice of Isaac – the Lord shall provide (July 2)
c. Part 3: “You Will Find Rest for Your Souls” Yoking ourselves to Christ (July 9)
d. Part 4: “Find Fertile Ground”

II. God’s Word

a. “In the beginning was the Word…”
b. Light unto our path
c. Tough Love Letters
d. Living Word

III. Growing Grace: Preparing the heart

a. לב  “Lev” “heart”
b. What thwarts growth?
c. What makes for fertile ground?

IV. Fertile Ground

a. Find it
b. Make it
c. Be it

Matthew 13 1-9 and 18-23
Matthew 13 1-9 and 18-23 https://www.agnusday.org