June 13, 2021 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Called to be branches in Christ’s body, we yearn to be connected to the vine. Called to be mustard bushes offering shade to God’s creatures, we search for places to plant the seeds of faith. Called to be growing with God in the midst of this world’s painful questions, we seek God’s nurturing presence.
*indicates that congregation should stand, if able
*CALL TO WORSHIP (read responsively) (from Psalm 20)
L: The LORD answers you in the day of trouble!
P: The name of the God of Jacob protects you!
L: May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.
P: May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners.
L: May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
All: Give victory to the king, O LORD; answer us when we call.
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
We confess the times we fail to involve ourselves in planting any seeds of faith in the lives of others; the times when our personal agendas become more important than yours; the times when our lives become so entangled with the values of the world, that we forget what you have said and done and promised. Lord Jesus Christ, we know that when we become disconnected from you, our lives become parched and unfruitful and our faith becomes stunted and dry. Bless and renew our lives, we pray, so that we remain connected to you at all times and in all places, strengthening our faith to expand and, growing strongly and vigorously, to bear the fruit of your mercy, your love, your undying life. Amen.
*APOSTLES’ CREED OF OUR FAITH & BELIEF (unison)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
*HYMN: “Fairest Lord Jesus” (brown) 19
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17
Pew Bible p. 966
L: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
P: Thanks be to God.
SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS
Lord’s Prayer page “x” at front of red hymnal
*Doxology back cover of brown hymnal
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
*SERMON TEXT: Mark 4:26-34 Pew Bible p. 839
MESSAGE Randy Fluke
*HYMN: “How Great Thou Art” (brown) 10
*CLOSING PRAYER (unison)
Lord, let us live in the shadow of the cross, for to us who are made a new creation in you, the message of the cross is the power of God. May we go forth into our every-day lives in the consciousness of your power at work in us and may we live in light of eternity. Amen!