Worship with Communion July 4, 2021; the Fourteeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: Hymn #627 “I Love You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements Followed by Lighting of the Christ Candle

Prelude: America, the Beautifularr. Kenon D. Renfrow

Call to Worship

Jesus Christ, the crucified Lord, calls us to believe the good news of salvation.

His grace is sufficient for us.

Let us enter into God’s new realm rejoicing, not in our own strength, but in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let us worship God!

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day

God the creator, God of the cross, you show your power in whirling galaxies and unseen forces.  You show your love in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Drive out the evils that threaten to break our spirits and help us to rely on your all-sufficient grace, for we pray in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Hymn of Praise #26 “Earth and All Stars!”

 Invitation to Healing

Threats to life pierce us and cause us to doubt God’s love.  But God shows unsurpassing love for us in that while we doubt, Christ is still steadfast.  Let us embrace God’s new life for us.

Prayer of Wholeness

Holy Three, Holy One, triune God, we confess that we do not always believe that you overcome sin and death.  We are more in touch with the pangs of our weakness than we are with the power of your love.  In fear, we worship idols; in despair, we collapse in hopelessness; in rage, we seek to dominate others.  O God of David, have mercy on us and change our hearts we pray.  O Spirit of the Living God, grant us peace.  Send us out with the good news: nothing can withstand the victory of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray…

                                                        Please continue in silent prayer

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

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.

Sung Response: #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice) ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

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

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Renewing God, you gave Zion as a stronghold for David.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, speak to us through these scriptures and the Living Word, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 p. 383-384 (OT)

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

Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 p. 249 (NT)

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

Gospel Reading: Mark 6:1-13 p. 56 (NT)

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

Reflection: TL 7-4-2021 Freedom to Believe and Share ~ Pastor Scott Crane

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #726 “Will You Come and Follow Me”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32-3

Christ’s suffering makes the church sensitive to all human suffering so that it sees the face of Christ in the faces of persons in every kind of need.  In the power of the risen Christ and the hope of his coming, the church sees the promise of God’s renewal of human life in society and of God’s victory over all wrong.  So to live and serve is to confess Christ as Lord.

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

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Let us continue to worship the Lord through our gifts of talents, tithes, and ourselves.

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: “Dream On, Dream On” Hymn #383

Doxology Hymn #607  

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

Eternal God, your son Jesus teaches his disciples to go out two by two to preach, and yet to take nothing when we go out; yet help us offer all we can. Together, we offer ourselves and our gifts, that they may be used to extend your good news of grace to others, through Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord! Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

This is the joyful feast of the people of God!

We come from north and south from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast he has prepared. It is a right and joyful thing to offer thanks to you, O God, the source of all creation. Your holy energy flows in animals and plants, makes them move, and gives them desire to live. You brought forth the world in love, and in your great love creation finds at last its proper end. And so with the hosts of heaven we join the everlasting hymn of praise:

Hymn #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

You fill our world with glory and light, and yet our mortal eyes cannot behold so bright a truth. Then you sent us Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Come to me and never be hungry.” We give you thanks that on the night before he died, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks to you, 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.”

Jesus also said: “I am the vine, you are the branches.”  “Believe in me and never thirst.” After supper, he poured the cup and said: “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.” Great is this mystery of faith:

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

According to Christ’s commandment:

We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory.

Let us pray together:

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and cup, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.  Calling on the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask: That we may be made one with the risen Christ and with all God’s people; that we may be faithful as Christ’s body in ministry in the world, that we may live in anticipation of the fullness of God’s realm.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen!

All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

Communion of the People

Hymn of Reflection #507: “Come to the Table of Grace” (Join as able)

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray together:

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the worldin the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for othersin the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #746 “Send Me, Jesus”

Charge:

Show the love of God in all you do.  Be faithful witnesses to the grace of Jesus Christ. Live in the power and joy of the Holy Spirit.

Benediction

Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection

  1. Jesus charges his disciples to be vulnerable as he sends them out. In what ways might God be calling you to be vulnerable today?
  2. Stuff distracts us. Useless clutter we think we cannot live without can be a burden: too many coats, shoes, garden tools, or mismatched kitchen storage containers with no lids in sight as they tumble out of overstuffed cupboards.  Perhaps our clutter shows up in other ways: on a computer that has grown slow from processing too many useless files, or when our minds grow dull from too much Web surfing or television watching.  Do you struggle with too much stuff?  How do Jesus’ words about traveling light challenge you to change the way you live?
  3. How can you follow him more faithfully today?

Write your own morning and evening prayers this week.

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