Service Program for Today June 20th, 2021 11:00AM
:• June 27th Service with John Schwartz
• July 4th Communion Service with Barbara Schwartz
• July 11th: Sunday Service with Cathy Young followed by a shared potluck Sunday Brunch
• Program for Youth! Stay Tuned for more information. Tentative First week in August.
• Sharing Cupboard Project: Please consider bringing non perishable food items as well as toiletries for donating to those in need in our community. Suggestions for donations are: peanut butter and jelly, cans of tuna or soup, cereal, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap. Any of us could be in need of a little help– especially during this pandemic.
Greeting /welcome to others: You can wave “Hello” or “Peace to You”
For Reflection: On this day when we remember what it means to have a father or be a father, we recognize the importance of fathers in our communities. We pledge as a congregation to love and nurture the fathers around and among us so that they will manifest the love of God in all that they do.
Opening Music: “You Are the Light”Call to Worship
L: In the midst of life’s storms, God is there.
P: What have we to fear?
L: In the darkness and terror, God is with us.
P: Of whom shall we be afraid?
L: Rise up, people of God, for you are loved and saved
.P: Thanks be to God who cares deeply for us. AMEN. (Source: Ministry Matters)
PRAYER OF CONFESSION Gracious God,Forgive us that we call you “Our Father”but fail to live as your children.We do not trust you as we should,preferring instead to follow our own inclinations.We are reluctant to accept your will,repeatedly disobeying your instructions.We are slow to ask your guidance,but swift to forget you and wander from your side. Help us to place out trust in you, Lord Jesus. Help us to fix our eyes on you and on the ministries to which you have called us. For we ask these things in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
Words of Assurance:Fear not! God is always there for us,waiting to welcome us back with open arms, and setting us on our feet again. Always loving us, so we trust in God always. AMEN.
Readings: Psalm 68; Mark 4:35-41;
Psalm 68: 4-64 Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds[b]; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD.5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.6 God sets the lonely in families,[c] he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Mark 4: 35-4135 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Message: “On Fathers and the Fatherless”; Shared by Cathy Young
Musical Reflection: “All of Me” performed by Laurie Holdridge
Prayers of the People: Lord in Your Mercy All: Hear our Prayer
Pastoral Prayer: O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us You love us, O God from the time of our naming, You love us in our growing and hold us as we take our first steps.You love us and walk beside us as we explore the world with eager hands and eyesAs a mother/father loves her/his child as she/he sees it grow and develop so you love us—and we thank you. Help us dear God to love one another in this way….In your holy names we pray your prayer –
Lord’s PrayerOur Father-Mother in heaven, hallowed be your name. May your presence be realized here on earth as it is in heaven. May we receive the bread that you provide us. Enable us to know that our sins have been forgiven, just as we forgive those who sin against us. Strengthen us to deal with trials too great to endure. Free us from the grip of all that harms us and others. For your power of Love reigns now and forever. Amen.
INVITATION TO SHARE:We give thanks O Lord. All of these things are gifts from you. May the gifts we bring become instruments that will spread your gifts to others. Amen.
Offering Response: Lord, we lift your name on high, Lord we love to sing your praises. We’re so glad you’re in our lives. We’re so glad you came to save us. You came from heaven to earth to show the way, from the earth to the cross, our debt to pay, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky. Lord, we lift your name on high.
Sending Prayer for Father’s Day (for fathers around the world)Our Father in heaven,we pray today for the many fathers around the worldwho are struggling to provide for their families:those who despair about finding safe shelter,who watch in anguish as their children starve,who desperately search for adequate medical care,or safety from violence that surrounds them.Be with these fathers this day. Strengthen and encourage them as they seek to care for their families. Grant them and all of us, your children, grace and courage in the midst of impossible circumstances, and bless them with hope as they look toward the future. Amen.
Closing Song: “In Christ There is No East or West”