Liturgy for Worship

Service of Worship
3rd Sunday after Pentecost

June 13, 2021

Congregation responses are in bold



Please Stand

L: We begin in the name of the + Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
A: Amen.

L: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no
secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ
our Lord.
A: Amen

L: Let us confess our sins in the presence of God and one another.
Silence for reflection

L: Most merciful God,
A: We confess that we are in bondage to sin, and cannot free ourselves. We
have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus
Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may
delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Holy name.

L: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God
forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by
his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name
of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
A: Amen.



L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
A: And also with you.

L: We join our hearts in prayer. All-powerful God,
A: in Jesus Christ you turned death into life and defeat into victory. Increase our faith and trust in him, that we may triumph over all evil in the strength of the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Be seated



Ezekiel 17:22-24 Tree imagery is used in a messianic prophecy to tell how the LORD will choose someone from Judah’s royal family (the cedar tree) to reign over all creation. This tree will be planted on Mount Zion, the location of the holy temple.

22Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. 23On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind. 24All the trees of the field shall know that I am the LORD. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the LORD have spoken; I will accomplish it.

L The word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.


2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17 Paul encourages believers to live by faith and not by sight. We do not consider Jesus from a human perspective but through the eyes of faith, believing he died for all and was raised. All who are in Christ are now in God’s new creation.

6So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So
whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. 14For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. 16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

L The word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Please stand

P The Holy Gospel according to Mark
C Glory to you, O Lord.


Mark 4:26-34 Jesus frequently uses parables to teach ordinary people as they are able to hear and understand. Images of sowing and growing show the vitality of God’s kingdom.

26[Jesus] said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” 30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” 33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

P The Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to you, O Christ.

Be seated

SERMON Pastor James Henricks

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living 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.


With the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.
After each petition:
L: Lord, in your mercy,

A: Hear our prayer.

L: Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
A: Amen.

L: Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.
A: Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

L: The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace.

A: Amen.


L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
A: Thanks be to God!

Pastor James Henricks Vice President Michael Mills
Organist Amy Frick Secretary Butch McGee
President Thad Werts Treasurer Betty Franklin
Assistant Treasurer Linda Knight

We are working to make sure the church's prayer list is current, and after a year of not publishing one we are starting over from scratch. If there is someone you would like to add and you have their permission, please contact the church office as we want to make sure that we do not leave anyone out.
If you would like to place flowers in the church please sign-up on the list in the narthex, e-mail or call the church office.
Volunteers Needed! We need some additional volunteers to help with the service. Looking at the next few months, as of now we need: - A lay reader and communion assistant for July - Ushers for July and August - flower sign-ups for June, July, and August - one or two additional people willing to serve in the parking lot.
- a volunteer to coordinate a church clean-up to help make sure that our space is ready for June 13.
If you are willing to serve in any of these capacities, please contact the church office.
Pastor James will still make some phone calls but will not be calling every week. If you need to talk with him, please call his cell phone or the church office.
Last Week June 6, 2021
General Fund offering $3,052.50 Sunday School 8
Needed Weekly to meet Budget $3,154.00 Worship 73
This Week June 13, 2021
Ushers: Von Metts, Khristie Metts Lector: Hal Hunter
Altar Guild: Betty Franklin & Linda Knight
Offering Tellers: Wanda Amick & Nikki Morris

The altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of Bill and Jane Mason's anniversary and in thanksgiving that the sanctuary is now open for services
by Jane and Bill Mason
Next Week June 20, 2021
Ushers: Von Metts, Khristie Metts Lector: Hal Hunter
Altar Guild: Betty Franklin & Linda Knight
Offering Tellers: Michael Mills & Lee Werts
Flowers: Carol & Dell Rowe and Kenny & Mary Susan Mazza

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