Gathering Music – Marty Merryman Welcoming Guests and Announcements– Pastor Ross Prelude– Be Thou My Vision ‐ Arr. Richard Elliott Meditation: Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne Call to Worship – Pastor Linda Opening Hymn– Come, Thou Almighty King – Hymnal #61 Prayer of Confession– Pastor Ross Prayer Concerns – Pastor Ross Prayer Song– The Fragrance of Christ ‐ David Haas Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer Anthem– All Hail the Power ‐ arr. Tom Fettke Scripture Reading– Matthew 13:44‐46 (NLT) – Maribeth Knuth Offering – Pastor Ross Preparation Hymn– Be Thou My Vision – Hymnal #451 Message– The Treasure Hunt Holy Communion – Break Thou the Bread of Life – Hymnal #599 Closing Hymn– Take My Life, and Let It Be Consecrated – Hymnal #399 Benediction– Choral Amen – Pastor Linda Postlude– Toccata in G Major ‐ Pachelbel
Matthew 13:44-46 – New Living Translation
Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls.
46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!
Jesus’ parables about the Kingdom of God tell us that God’s Kingdom is to be prized and can improve human lives here and now. Our happiness and joy in our lives is within us; it is not found in external circumstances or others. Our happiness occurs when we yield control of our lives to God and put our full trust in God to guide us all our days.