1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Matthew 13:1-4 (NKJV)
ST. OLAF CANTOREI AND CONGREGATION - "ABIDE WITH ME" (EVENTIDE)
Lord, Jesus, help us recognize those things which snatch away your word from our lives.
5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. Matthew 13:5-6 (NKJV)
ABIDE WITH ME HYMN - GODS COUNTRY
Holy Spirit, soften the stony places in my heart. Please give me a heart of flesh.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. Matthew 13:7 (NKJV)
ABIDE WITH ME - HAYLEY WESTENRA
Jesus, help me recognize the thorn patches in my life for what they are and weed them out.
8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:8 (NKJV)
HAYLEY WESTENRA - ABIDE WITH ME
Father, prepare the soil of my heart to receive your implanted word.
9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Matthew 13:9 (NKJV)
ABIDE WITH ME
Holy Trinity, One God, give us ears to hear you and hearken to your word.
12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Matthew 13:12 (NKJV)
AMAZING LOVE (AND CAN IT BE)
Lord, we thought we had so much and now we are losing it. Help us minister the grace we still have from you.
14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.' Matthew 13:14-15 (NKJV)
"CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY" & "THINE BE THE GLORY" - DUKE CHAPEL, EASTER 2012
Holy Spirit, we need open heart surgery, for our hearts have become hard of hearing and responding to your word.
35 'If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. 36 Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you. 37 You shall not lend him your money for usury, nor lend him your food at a profit. 38 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God. Leviticus 25:35-38 (NKJV)
O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING
Holy Spirit, give me a heart of compassion for those in need.
A Word Received: Listen, listen for my word to you; hearken to my word. I Am speaking, who is listening?