Order of Worship
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost/Sacrament of Holy Communion/Sacrament of Baptism
July 4, 2021
Organ Prelude

Call to Worship  Based on Psalm 48
One: In our sanctuaries, in our hometowns, in the city, we say:
All:    God is great and so worthy of our praise!
One: God’s praise and reputation extend to the far corners of Earth.
All:    Let the towns rejoice!   
One: Let our own community rejoice, saying:
All:    This is God, our God, forever and always!
                   God is the one who will lead us even to the very end.
One: Come, let us worship.

Opening Prayer 
Gather us together in this place today, Dear Friend.
Hear our prayers,
receive our praise,
equip us with your word,
and then, as you sent out the Twelve,
send us out to share your message of hope, healing, and redemption. Amen.

Prayer of confession
Even on our best days, the worst of us often gets the better of us. Let us confess to God and each other our tendency to be disrespectful of both God and the people God has placed in our lives.
God of relationship,
you have given us communities filled with friends, family, colleagues and neighbours,
all created in your image.
Yet, too often, we find ourselves taking this gift of companionship for granted.
We criticize those closest to us, and even those we have not met.
We are envious of others’ success.
We find ourselves stuck in an attitude of judgment rather than a posture of praise.
We excel at finding fault and are reluctant to seek common ground.
Forgive us for thinking the worst of others, of ourselves, and sometimes even of you.
Increase our faith, so that when we look upon the face of others, we see the face of Christ. Amen.

Words of affirmation
Our need to be right has been met by the one who was willing to be misunderstood, dishonored, criticized, and unfairly condemned.
Christ emptied himself for our sake, opening to us the fullness of life with God – reconciled and redeemed. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Sacrament of Baptism            Ellery Jeffrey Jacobs (recorded privately June 25)
Brought by parents Kelly and Andrew. Ellery is Lois Thatcher’s Great Grandson

Sharing of Scripture                         Mark 6:1-13

Message in Music 

Message               “Resilient Leadership”    Rev. Laura McLeod

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Prayer of Dedication
Loving Christ, thank you for teaching us your healing ways, and for entrusting us with your message. Thank you for your generosity of bread and clothing and money of which you spoke so long ago. These are items we cannot imagine travelling without, and basics that many people struggle to attain. Receive our offering today; may it be used to ease the suffering of those you love here in our hometown and beyond. May our praise extend to the far corners of Earth. Amen and amen.

A Time of Prayer
Preparation for Prayer
Silent Prayer
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
The response is based on Mark 6:12 (Common English Bible).
One:   We thank you for journeying with us, Christ Jesus, and for setting an example of resilience in times of trial. Travelling this road is not easy. We admit we’d rather play it safe than risk rejection as your disciples. Grant us the strength to be resilient, unfaltering, and determined to become the people you have called us to be. We dream of being leaders with heart and humility, strength and tenacity, servants not tyrants, following you and emulating your leadership. Yet let us also be content with whatever hardships we bear for your sake, Jesus; for, as Paul reminds us, when we admit our weakness, we discover your strength.
All:     Change our hearts and lives, O God, we pray.
One:   When the world’s leaders fail to act justly, give them wisdom and courage.
All:      Change our hearts and lives, O God, we pray.
One:   When the church falters in its efforts on your behalf, renew our spirits and our determination.
All:      Change our hearts and lives, O God, we pray.
One:   When we second-guess our ability to do your will, restore our sense of purpose.
All:      Change our hearts and lives, O God, we pray.
One:   When our plans run aground, and our offers of help are refused,
All:      Send us back on the road, Lord Jesus, for your sake.
One:   Help us, transform us, and hear us as we lift to you these prayers for encouragement, consolation, and thanks.
We offer our prayers to the one rejected by his hometown, but welcomed by sinners like us, praying for mercy and grace as we pray the prayer Jesus taught saying, Our Father…  Amen.

Bless
Strap on your sandals and hit the road, my friends.
Shake off the dust of your complacency.
Walk with a friend and travel light. Go, proclaiming Christ’s message of healing and hope.
Go, declaring that hearts and lives can change!
Keep going, because Christ gives you authority.
Go in the name of Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Just go.

Organ Postlude

Sharing of Scripture                                 Mark 6:1-13
He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

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