Worship for June 13, 2021, the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “Down in My Heart” Camp Songs p. 11 ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements Followed by Lighting of the Christ Candle

Prelude: “Amazing Grace” arr. Joel Raney

 Call to Worship  

The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of seeds on earth;

It grows up and becomes the greatest of shrubs, and the birds of the air make nests in its shade.

Give thanks to God, whose promised reign is coming.

Thanks be to God!

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day

God, you are the gardener of all creation.  You planted this world with the seeds of your love and grow them with your faithfulness.  We are your harvest; we find our meaning and sustenance in you.  May our minds listen to you calling, may our hearts be attuned to your will, may our feet follow you in the world, through Jesus, the Word become flesh.

Hymn of Praise #263 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!”

Invitation to Healing

When we gather to worship God, we remember that we are God’s people, but we have often preferred our way instead of God’s.  Trusting God’s power to make us new persons in Christ, let us submit to God, praying together:

Prayer of Healing

Holy God, the parable of the mustard seed teaches us that a little faith can produce great work in your kingdom.  Yet we are too timid to bear the fruit of your righteousness, for we walk by sight and not by faith.  Forgive us, Lord; we do not uphold the poor or the oppressed.  We do not advocate for the powerless or the voiceless.  We do not sacrifice ourselves for the needs of our neighbors. Renew us with the love of Christ so that we live no longer for ourselves, but for Christ who became the seed of your
righteousness in us. Amen

Kyrie: #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Hymn of Response: #583 “Gloria, gloria3x in a round!

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn of Response: #628 “Praise, I will Praise you, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy Spirit, by your mysterious power speak to us your truth and show us your wisdom, that we may know you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13      p.

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Psalm Reading: Psalm 20      p.

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 4:26-34         p.

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: TL 6-13-2021 Growing Spiritual Lives ~ Pastor Scott Crane

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #684 “Faith Begins by Letting Go”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from A Brief Statement of Faith, section 4

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voice of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

Intercessory Prayers of the People (“Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers”)

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

God has provided us with all that we need. It is our privilege to give back to God; therefore let us humbly return a portion of what God has so freely given to us.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Offertory “Give Thanks” 

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore! Amen!

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

Bless, O God, the gifts that we bring this day, that they may be a sign of our commitment to your kingdom and a pledge of our love for you and your world. Multiply the work done by our time, treasures, and talents, that your presence and compassion may be known in all the earth. Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #720 “Jesus Calls Us”

Charge:

Our Lord Jesus says that whoever does the will of God is his kindred. Go now and serve others as Jesus did.

Benediction

Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” Lyrics inside front cover of the hymnal.

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us at the outdoor pavilion for coffee, refreshments and conversation following worship.

Questions for Reflection

  1. Where do you see people placing their trust these days?  What secular sirens do we hear every day that remind us of the contest between the Word and the World?
  2. In what do you trust? What helps you re-center your trust and faith on God?
  3. How do you rise above the din of the world to remember that God is working in both the short-term and the long-term, sometimes in ways we may never see? In our impatient, immediate-satisfaction culture, are the days past when people can trust in a God who works across generations and even eons?
  4. How have you heard the seed/kingdom of God parables that Jesus tells in Mark 4 interpreted through the years? Has your understanding of those parables evolved or changed and, if so, how?

Household Prayer: Morning

The sunlight greets me in morning, reminding me that I begin this day in your presence.  The air I breathe instructs me that I live by your constant love. Lord, I acknowledge you are my God!  I will seek your face in those I meet and make my aim to please and serve you alone, Jesus, my Lord. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

The numerous stars shine the wonder of God whose grace is beyond measure; whisper to me your abundant grace, which sustains me.  As I lay down my head, I recall Jesus saying that the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.  I imagine Jesus being with those who look for a place to lay their heads.  O God, I ask for your mercy and pray for the day when we all can sleep in shalom, trusting in your mysterious work through Jesus Christ, the Savior for all. Amen.

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