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Order of Worship
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Call to Worship
We worship the God who inhabits our world and indwells our lives.
We need not look up to find God, we need only look around: within ourselves, beyond ourselves, into the eyes of another.
We need not listen to distant thunder to find God, we need only to listen to the music of life, the words of children, the questions of the curious, the rhythm of a heartbeat.
We worship the God who inhabits our world and who indwells our lives.
Prayer of Invocation & Confession
Eternal God, as the loud voices of a competing world vie for our attention, allow us to embrace the silence of communion with You that calms troubled minds and restores inner lives. Still us within. Surround us without. Guide us from above until, in calmness, we meet You in worship, and open ourselves to Your Spirit.
Merciful God, nearer than we know, and closer than we feel – break down all wrong desire. Remove any greedy pride that stands between us and You. We are given to procrastination, prone to denial, fond of excuses. We easily blame others for problems, and only as a last resort, examine ourselves. We project on others our weaknesses and fears. Forgive our stubbornness. Greet our penitence with divine pardon, and our new resolve with understanding mercy. In Jesus’ name we pray. (Moment for Silent Prayer…) Amen.
Words of Assurance and Promise
God brings new life to the tired, new love to the hard-hearted, forgiveness to the repentant, freedom to the captive, and hope for new and eternal life.
To all and to each of humble trust, God pronounces pardon, and grants us the right to begin again. Thanks be to God!
From the Psalter Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble,
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters;
they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep.
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their calamity;
they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress;
he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
Sharing of Scripture Mark 4:35-41
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.
He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”
And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Message in Music “The Good Shepherd”
Message Bill Petterson
Prayer of Dedication
God of extravagant mercy, we thank You that with hands outstretched You have poured out wonder and pleasure and delight, goodness and beauty and bounty. So, take the things we offer – our substance, our willingness, our thoughts, our words, our deeds – as our protest against all that is evil and ugly, impoverished and trivial, desolate and harsh – in our world and in ourselves. And in this – our offering, your accepting, may we and others truly know what it is to be blessed, for that we are. Amen.
A Time of Prayer
Preparation for Prayer
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer