Grace and peace to you in Jesus Christ, Who has prepared a Home for you,
The Cross of Christ Is the Tree of Life, Which Bears Abundant Fruit after Its Own Kind
The parables of our Lord convey the mysteries of the kingdom of God to those who are “able to hear it,” that is, “to his own disciples,” who are catechized to fear, love and trust in Him by faith (Mark 4:33–34). He scatters “seed on the ground,” which “sprouts and grows” unto life, even as “he sleeps and rises” (Mark 4:26–27). “On the mountain height of Israel,” He plants a young and tender twig, and it becomes “a noble cedar.” Indeed, His own cross becomes the Tree of Life, under which “every kind of bird” will dwell, and in which “birds of every sort will nest” (Ezek. 17:22–25). His cross is our resting place, even while now in mortal bodies, we “groan, being burdened” (2 Cor. 5:1–4). Yet in faith, we live for God in Christ, who for our sake “died and was raised” (2 Cor. 5:15). We know that, in His resurrected body, “we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor. 5:1).
Here are the Propers for the Third Sunday after Pentecost
Order of Service: Divine Service Three – Page 184
Opening Hymn: 901 Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
Psalm 92:12-15; antiphon Psalm 92:1
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
 They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
 to declare that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High.
Blessed Lord, since You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning,
grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them
that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Old Testament Reading:
Thus says the Lord God: “I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and will set it out. I will break off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.  On the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bear branches and produce fruit and become a noble cedar. And under it will dwell every kind of bird; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest.  And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.”
Psalm 145:3, 5b, 6b
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
and I will declare your greatness.
The Epistle Reading:
2 Cor. 5:1-10
For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling,  if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.  For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened–not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.  He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,  for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
The Holy Gospel:
And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.  He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how.  The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth,  yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.  He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
The Nicene Creed
The Hymn of the Day: 500 Creator Spirit By Whose Aid
‘Offering’ Hymn (audio only): 577 Almighty God, Your Word is Cast
The Prayers of the Church (attached)
The Closing Hymn: 921 On What Has Now Been Sown
If you would like to listen to the audio (with organ accompaniment) of the service – with thanks to Paul and Sarah Walrath –
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The link is open for listening after 5pm today.
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Watch Thou, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give Thine angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend Thy sick ones, O lord Christ. Rest Thy weary ones. Bless thy dying ones. Soothe The suffering ones. Pity Thine afflicted ones.
Shield Thy joyous ones. And all, for Thy loves’ sake. Amen.
The Lord bless you and keep you,