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5th Sunday after Pentecost

Holding Hands

2021

Liz Valente, drawing.

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Opening of Worship

[Leader:] The Lord be with you

[ALL:] And also with you

Those who love Jesus and those who are searching, welcome! We gather to hear from God, to learn from God, to talk to God. Visitors, we are eager to share with you the joy we have in knowing Jesus. May we all grow in our knowledge and love of Christ as we worship.

In worship, God speaks and God listens. In worship, by the power of the Holy Spirit, God challenges us, comforts us, and awakens us. The Holy Spirit prompts us to listen and to respond with praise, confession, petition, testimony, and dedication.

In scripture, we see that it is God who initiates and pursues ongoing relationships with people. In healthy relationships, there is a balance of attentive listening and honest speech. This is also the mark of healthy worship -- bringing our real selves to God, exactly as we are, and receiving all God has for us.

This is why words matter in worship. Our words matter. God's Word matters. Words are used by God who speaks to us but also we use words to carry our praise and prayers back to God.

[LEADER:]

God of goodness and grace,

we long for your presence,

for the peace your promises bring,

and for the assurances we have received

through the gift of your Son.


[ALL:]

May we, your people,

this day and every day,

have open eyes to see

and open ears to hear

your presence among us.


[LEADER:]

Open us to your Holy Spirit, Lord,

and prepare us for worship. Amen.

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The First Testament // The Law & The Prophets

Job 38:1–11 (NLT)

Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind: 

    “Who is this that questions my wisdom 
      with such ignorant words? 
    Brace yourself like a man, 
      because I have some questions for you, 
      and you must answer them. 

    “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? 
      Tell me, if you know so much. 
    Who determined its dimensions 
      and stretched out the surveying line? 
    What supports its foundations, 
      and who laid its cornerstone 
    as the morning stars sang together 
      and all the angels shouted for joy? 

    “Who kept the sea inside its boundaries 
      as it burst from the womb, 
    and as I clothed it with clouds 
      and wrapped it in thick darkness? 
    For I locked it behind barred gates, 
      limiting its shores. 
    I said, ‘This far and no farther will you come. 
      Here your proud waves must stop!’

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The Psalms // Sacred Songs

Psalm 107:1–3, 23-32 (NLT)

1-3

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! 
      His faithful love endures forever. 
Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! 
      Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. 
For he has gathered the exiles from many lands, 
      from east and west, 
      from north and south.

23-32

Some went off to sea in ships, 
      plying the trade routes of the world. 
They, too, observed the LORD’s power in action, 
      his impressive works on the deepest seas. 
He spoke, and the winds rose, 
      stirring up the waves. 
Their ships were tossed to the heavens 
      and plunged again to the depths; 
      the sailors cringed in terror. 
They reeled and staggered like drunkards 
      and were at their wits’ end. 
“LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, 
      and he saved them from their distress. 
He calmed the storm to a whisper 
      and stilled the waves. 
What a blessing was that stillness 
      as he brought them safely into harbor! 
Let them praise the LORD for his great love 
      and for the wonderful things he has done for them. 
Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation 
      and before the leaders of the nation.

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Generosity & Giving

The tithes and donations you make to DreamHouse Church make a difference to our church, our community, the people of Newport News, and world missions. There are various ways you can donate. We pass a collection plate during services and electronic giving is available for 24/7 donations. “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops” (Proverbs 3:9).

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The Second Testament // The Epistles

2 Corinthians 6:1-13 (NLT)

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says,


“At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.”


Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.


We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.


Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. There is no lack of love on our part, but you have withheld your love from us. I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us!

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Prayer of Illumination // For reading and preaching of the Word of God

O God our ruler and shepherd,
you anointed Jesus
as the king and servant of your people.
Make us attentive to your word,
that we may accept your reign over us
and serve you alone. Amen.

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The Second Testament // The Gospel

Mark 4:35-41 (NLT)

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.


Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”


When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”


The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

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The Lord's Supper // Communion

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


Jesus said to his disciples,
“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment
in the kingdom of God.”


After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said,
“Take this and divide it among you.
For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine
until the kingdom of God comes.”


And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it,
and gave it to them, saying,
“This is my body given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
which is poured out for you.”


  —based on Luke 22:15-20, NIV

O taste and see that the LORD is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.
  —Psalm 34:8, NRSV


We, your people, Lord,
are scattered around the world today.
Yet when we gather at your table, we become one.
Like grain from many fields becomes one loaf,
and grapes from many vines become one cup,
so we become one body here today.

For as we partake of one bread
and drink from one cup,
we are united together.
Remove the divisions that separate us,
heal the brokenness that too often marks us.
Make this time of sacrament
a celebration of our oneness with Christ
and with one another,
that the world may believe. Amen.



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Doxology and Benediction // The Sending & the Blessing

As you leave this place this day,
may God’s love sustain you,
and may you love those who surround you.
May God’s Spirit empower you,
and may you empower all those you meet.
May God’s joy fill your hearts,
and may this joy overflow
to the ends of the earth for God’s glory,
now and forever. Amen.

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