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The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

 

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// Sundays, 9:30 am

 

Welcome & Preparation for Worship

Dear God,
we come to worship you today.
We come to sing, pray, and listen.
You always hear us.
Help us to hear you. Amen.

 

First Reading

Job 38:1-11 (NRSV)

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:

“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up your loins like a man,
    I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
    Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
    Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
    or who laid its cornerstone
when the morning stars sang together
    and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?

“Or who shut in the sea with doors
    when it burst out from the womb?—
when I made the clouds its garment,
    and thick darkness its swaddling band,
and prescribed bounds for it,
    and set bars and doors,
and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
    and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?

 

The Psalm

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 (The Message)

1-3 Oh, thank God—he’s so good!
    His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God, tell the world!
    Tell how he freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the place,
    from the four winds, from the seven seas.

23-32 Some of you set sail in big ships;
    you put to sea to do business in faraway ports.
Out at sea you saw God in action,
    saw his breathtaking ways with the ocean:
With a word he called up the wind—
    an ocean storm, towering waves!
You shot high in the sky, then the bottom dropped out;
    your hearts were stuck in your throats.
You were spun like a top, you reeled like a drunk,
    you didn’t know which end was up.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    he got you out in the nick of time.
He quieted the wind down to a whisper,
    put a muzzle on all the big waves.
And you were so glad when the storm died down,
    and he led you safely back to harbor.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
Lift high your praises when the people assemble,
    shout Hallelujah when the elders meet!

 

The Gospel Reading

Mark 4:35-41 (NRSV)

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?”

 

The Sermon

 

Intercession

Keeper of our lives,
you know the hardness and gentleness of human hearts.
You call your people to faithful living.
Through the storms of life
that bring suffering and fear, joy and laughter,
teach us to turn to you for all we need,
so that we may come to know your presence
even in the midst of the trials that surround us.

Life-giving God,

our Heavenly Father,
heal our lives,
that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds
and offer you thanks from generation to generation
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
Image by James Coleman
 

Profession of Faith

Let us express our unity with the church of all ages
by professing our faith in the words of the Apostle's Creed

 

The Apostle's Creed

We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
       Creator of heaven and earth,

We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
       He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
           and born of the Virgin Mary.
       He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
           was crucified, died, and was buried.
       He descended to the dead.
       On the third day he rose again.
       He ascended into heaven,
           and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
       He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
       the universal Church,
       the communion of saints,
       the forgiveness of sins,
       the resurrection of the body,
       and the life everlasting.

Amen.

 

The Lord's Supper // Communion

Hear the words of the institution of the Holy
Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ:


The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took
bread, and after giving thanks to God, he
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,


“Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do
this in remembrance of me.”


In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This
cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed
for you for the forgiveness of sins. When ever you
drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”


Every time you eat this bread and drink this
cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen
Lord until he comes.


With thanksgiving, let us offer God our grateful praise.


—based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

 

Prayer for the Work of the Spirit

Lord, our God, send your Holy Spirit so that
this bread and cup may be for us the body and
blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. May we and all
your saints be united with Christ and remain
faithful in hope and love.


Gather your whole church, O Lord, into the
glory of your kingdom.

 

A Call to Service and Benediction // The Sending & the Blessing

Worship does not end when we leave a worship service.

Having come together by the Holy Spirit meeting as the children of God, let us remember two things as we go out.

First, we live in faithful service not so that God will love us, but because God has loved us first. We are first recipients of this great love before we can be givers of it.

Second, we live by the power of the Spirit and thus do not need to rely on our own strength.

Go in peace, in the knowledge of God’s power.
Go in confidence, in the knowledge of God’s strength.
Go in joy, in the knowledge of God’s love.