The word is like rain that makes the land fertile; it is like seed that reveals the nature of the ground where it is sown.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Isaiah 55:10–11. The word is like rain and snow that work mysteriously with the land to produce a rich harvest. God's word is always effective, doing what God intends.

Psalm of the Day:  Ps (64) 65
This psalm is, simply, a prayer for rain. As God has acted in the past (the first half of the psalm), so the psalmist prays that God will act now (the section we sing today) to produce a rich harvest.

The Seed That Falls on Good Ground (Currie/Gelineau) WOR 907

The Seed That Falls on Good Ground (Guimont) RS 92/GC 64/GC2 934

The Seed That Falls on Good Ground (Hopson)  PMB 683

The Seed That Falls on Good Ground (Schiavone)  JS 990

The Seed That Falls on Good Ground (Somerville) CBW 154


Suggested Common Psalm: Ps (144) 145

See suggestions for Fourteenth Sunday.


Romans 8:18-23. The liberation given in Christ to believers has cosmic implications. All of creation is invited to share in the “glorious freedom of the children of God.”


Matthew 13:1-23. The parable of the sower and the seed. The seed, like God's presence, reveals the kind of ground on which it falls. There is no problem with the seed yielding a harvest; the problem lies in the soil.


Songs for the Liturgy


A Living Hope (2) CBW 613/PMB 284

All Things New (2)  GC 427/GC2 450/G3 5541

Anthem (G) BB-MI 501/GC 690/GC2 681/GP 578/GP3 556/JS 761/JS3 727

Before the Earth Had Yet Begun (1,Ps,G) CBW 540

Blessed Jesus, at Your Word (G)  JS 675/JS3 642

Blest Are We (1,Ps,G)  PMB 409/WC 799/WS 643

Bring Forth the Kingdom  GC 658/GC2 640/G3 734/RS 772

Christ's Church Shall Glory in His Power (1,G) RS 777/SS 880/WOR 616

Do Not Fear to Hope (2) GC 596/GP 597/GP3 589

God Has Spoken by His Prophets (1,G) WOR 516/RS 654/JS 678/PMB 419/WC

God Is Working His Purpose Out (1,2,G) RS 646/WOR 507

God's Blessing Sends Us Forth (1,G)  OIF 815/PMB 473/WC 921/WS 748

Good News (G) GC 679/G3 768/LMGM 282/LMGM2 718/RS 797

I Sing the Mighty Power of God (G) BB-MI 421/GP 668/GP3 699/JS 635/JS3 618/RS 633/OFUV 598/ PMB 351/SS 800/WOR 502/WOR4 572

Jesus Christ, by Faith Revealed, v 2 (1,G)  PMB 369/WC /WS 618

Lord, to Whom Shall We Go? (1,G) GP 663/GP3 689/JS 641

Lord, We Hear Your Word with Gladness (1,Ps,G) CBW 444

May Your Kingdom Come  SPS 328

O God, Our Help in Ages Past BB-MI 442/CBW 644/GP 613/LMGM 230/LMGM2 560/JS 705/JS3 672/GC 614/GC2 588/G3 688/GP3 612/OFUV 627/OIF 766/RS 735/PMB 435/SS 846/WC 867/WS 700/WOR4 689

On Holy Ground (2) GC 712/GC2 715/G3 809

Out of Darkness (Walker) -- (1,G) BB-MI 505/GC 689/GP 574/GP3 560/JS 765

*Parable (G) BB-MI 683/GP 481/GP3 440/JS 588/JS3 558

Praise the Lord of Heaven (1) OIF 863/WC 951/WOR 551

Praise to You, O Christ, Our Savior (1,G) BB-MI 589/CBW 442/GC 515/GC2 517/G3 596/GP 662/GP3 691/JS 674/JS3 643/OFUV 651/RS 652/WOR4 591

Seed, Scattered and Sown (2) CBW 604/GP 516/GP3 502/RS 918/GC 834/GC2 830/JS 811/JS3 781

Song at the Center (2) GC 490

Song of Good News (1,G) CBW 561/OIF 682/WC 801/WS 642

Song of the Body of Christ (1,G) BB-MI 332/GC 847/GC2 807/G3 924/RS 924/WC 668/WS 738

Sow the Word (1) GC 516

Spirit Blowing through Creation (2) GC 462/GC2 481/G3 555/SS 776

Take Christ to the World (1,G) GP 549/JS 836

 Tell It! Tell It Out with Gladness (1,G)  GC2 518

The Word of God Was from the Start (G)  JS 677

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy BB-MI 475/CBW III 443/CH 535/GC2 603/G3 644/GP 639/GP3 670/JS 748/JS3 712/LMGM2 511/OFUV 690/OIF 585/PMB 322/RS 742/SS 855/WC 709/WOR 595, 596/WOR4 645/WS 584

Thy Kingdom Come (1) GC 656/GP 719/RS 776

Thy Strong Word Didst Cleave the Darkness (1) WOR 511     

What Is This Place (1) GC 748/GC2 736/GP 262/RS 892/JS 799/WOR 709

*Word of God, Come Down on Earth (1,G) CBW 429/RS 653/WC 708/PMB 367/WOR 513/WOR4 590

Word of God, You Spoke Creation (G)  JS 676/JS3 619

Your Word Went Forth (1) RS 655

Your Words Are Spirit and Life (1,Ps,G) BB-MI 591/GP3 692/JS 680/JS3 644/OFUV 650


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
As the Rain (SATB) Beck, John Ness Beckenhorst (BP 1018) 1
Blessed Jesus at Thy Word SATB
Blessed Jesus at Thy Word
Selah 410-107
Blest Are They SATB Bouman Selah 410-113 G
Farmer's Earth Psalm (Unison) Williamson, Malcolm Boosey & Hawkes (5957) PS
Father, We Thank Thee - 3 Unison Anthems for Communion Sitton Trinitas/OCP G
For As the Rain and Snow Come Down (SATB) Hopson, Hal H. Sacred Music Press (S-254) 1
For As the Rain Cometh Down (SATB) Lekberg, Sven G. Schirmer (11509) 1
Little Valleys, The (SSSS) LeFanu, Nicola Novello (29.0367.09) PS
Parable of the Sower (SATB) McAfee, Don General Music G
Rendez a Dieu (SATB) Goudimel, Claude/Heider, Anne GIA (G-2725)  
Seek ye the Lord (SSAA) Nystedt, Knut Walton 1
Sufferings of the Present, The (SATB) Franck, Melchior/Kinsman, Franklin Abingdon (APM-560) 2
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (unison)
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy SATB
This Gift is Free (SATB) Gramann E.C. Schirmer 7501 1
Thou Visitest the Earth (Unision or 2-part) Bullock, Ernest Oxford (E66) PS
Thou Visitest the Earth (Tenor, SATB) Greene, Maurice Oxford (Church Anthem Book) PS
Thou Visitest the Earth (SS) Greene, Maurice/Ley, Henry Oxford (E 41) PS
Thou Visitest the Earth (SA) Greene, Maurice/Thomas, Paul Concordia (98-1817) PS
Thou Visitest the Earth (SAB) Greene, Maurice /Holman, Derek RSCM (Harvest Festival Music) PS
Thou Visitest the Earth (Sop. or Ten., SATB) Greene, Maurice /Shaw, Watkins Novello (NECM 13) PS
Thou Visitest the Earth (SATB) Greene, Maurice CPDL or St J P PS
Without the Fire, there is no Burning SATB White Selah G