Join us online for our Sunday morning worship service on July 26 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Kathryn Lester-Bacon, director of Religious Life, preaching the sermon. The service will also include prayers, scripture reading, organ music, and hymns, as we continue our focus this summer on the Psalms.
The scripture lessons for this Sunday emphasize the greatness of God and God’s ways. Psalm 104 praises God for the wonders of creation and the works of God’s hands. The psalmist declares, “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.” In the lesson from Matthew, Jesus shares multiple parables about the kingdom of heaven. He compares it to small things, like a mustard seed and yeast, that grow and spread with great impact. He also compares it to pearls and treasures—things of great value. Through Jesus’s ministry on earth, the treasured reign and rule of God grew, revealing its expansive and inclusive nature. In a similar way, Paul writes in his letter to the church in Rome about the invitation into the large family of God where Jesus is the firstborn. For those who are conformed to the image of Christ, Paul proclaims that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”