8th Sunday after Pentecost: 30 July – Matthew 13:44-52 ~ the treasure hunt

8th Sunday after Pentecost

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

God of eternal wisdom, you alone impart the gift of right judgement. Grant us an understanding heart, that we may value wisely the treasure of your kingdom and gladly forgo all lesser gifts to possess that kingdom’s incomparable joy. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
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“Be Unto Your Name” – Robin Mark


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Reading: Matthew 13:44-52 (NLT)

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

The Parable of the Net

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

New and Old Treasures

“Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”
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Intercessory Prayer

God of wisdom and love: hear us as we pray.

+ That all believers may be inspired to keep going by the treasure that awaits them….
+ That those who have strayed away may re-discover the mercy of God….
+ That young people may answer the call to serve you in ministry and missions….
+ That those who govern nations may be as wise as the great leader Solomon….
+ That all who search for answers to their questions may receive the gift of true wisdom….
+ That those whose life on earth is over may enjoy the unparalleled treasure of their eternal home in heaven….

God of wisdom and love, your will is wonderful indeed: hear our prayers and help us live by your precepts, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“King Of My Heart” – Kutless


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Concluding Prayer – Romans 11:33, 36 (NLT)

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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