Sunday, June 20, 2021

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Father’s Day June 20, 2021


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                        John Strawbridge


Choral Introit “O Jesus, Sweet Jesus” (Root)

O Jesus, sweet Jesus, we sing now to Thee;
We praise Thee and thank Thee for all that we see.
Jesus, Jesus, happy and free.


Call to Worship

L: In a day when so many men are absent, we cherish the love of our fathers.
P: Thank God for fathers who comfort and encourage.
L: Thank God for fathers who build character and inspire us to greatness.
P: Thank God for fathers who teach morality and model decency.
L: Thank God for fathers who lovingly convince boys to become men.
P: Thank God for brave fathers who have the courage to resist being absent.
All: Lord, on this Father’s Day, may we encourage more men in our community
to pick up the mantle of fatherhood! Amen.


Opening Hymn “This Is My Father’s World” UMH 144

1 This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas–
His hand the wonders wrought.

2 This is my Father’s world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

3 This is my Father’s world:
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad!


Litany: Giving Thanks for Fathers Near and Far

L: Oh God, we thank you for fathers near
Fathers with strong arms
And fathers with feeble knees
Present at table and at bathtub and at bedtime for prayers.
P: Thank you, God, for fathers near.
L: We thank you, O God, for fathers far away
Fathers who ache for their families
Fathers absent because of war,
Or disease,
Or despair,
Fathers who are present and absent at the same time.
P: Thank you, God, for fathers far away.
L: We thank you, O God, for caring communities
Where mothers fill in for fathers
And fathers fill in for mothers
And grandparents put on the apron and the towel.
P: Where aunts and uncles, and those who are absolutely no kin at all make our communities a home. Amen


Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response “Holy, Holy, Holy” 2x TFWS 2007

Holy, holy, holy. My heart, my heart adores you!
My heart knows how to say to you: You are holy, Lord!


Gospel Lesson Mark 4:35-41

35 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!”
The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD


Sermon “We’re in the Boat Together” Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “When Morning Lights the Eastern Skies” (Parker)

When morning lights the eastern skies,
O Lord, Your mercy show.
On You alone my hope relies,
Let me Your kindness know.

Teach me the way that I should go;
I lift my soul to You.
For refuge from my cruel foe
To you, O Lord, I flee.

You are my God; to You I pray;
Teach me Your will to heed;
And in the right and perfect way
May Your good Spirit lead.

For Your name’s sake, O gracious Lord,
Revive my soul and bless,
And in Your faithfulness and love
Redeem me from distress.

Offering Prayer (All)

Gather the gifts of our hands and hearts, living Spirit. Use these gifts to build not monuments to your distant glory, but testaments to your intimate love. Amen.


Closing Hymn “Stand By Me” UMH 512 Vs. 1, 3 & 5

1 When the storms of life are raging,
stand by me; (stand by me)
when the storms of life are raging,
stand by me. (stand by me)
When the world is tossing me
like a ship upon the sea,
thou who rulest wind and water,
stand by me. (stand by me)

3 In the midst of faults and failures,
stand by me; (stand by me)
in the midst of faults and failures,
stand by me. (stand by me)
When I’ve done the best I can,
and my friends misunderstand,
thou who knowest all about me,
stand by me. (stand by me)

5 When I’m growing old and feeble,
stand by me; (stand by me)
when I’m growing old and feeble,
stand by me. (stand by me)
When my life becomes a burden,
and I’m nearing chilly Jordan,
O thou Lily of the Valley,
stand by me. (stand by me)


L: Go now into a world beset by storms of worries and fears.
P: Let us go to the far side of despair,
bringing God’s hope to all huddled on that shore.
L: Go now into all the places where people are afraid.
P: Let us set out from the shore of our comfortable lives,
bringing the good news of Jesus’ grace to all.
L: Go now to the distant shores torn apart by violence and oppression.
P: Let us set out with the Spirit as our guide,
crying out to all, “Peace! Be still!”


Choral Benediction “Shalom Chaverim” (trad. Hebrew)

Farewell, my friends; may peace be with you.


Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell




The altar flowers are given to honor and respect the fathers and father figures in our lives.

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