June 20, 2021

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost


The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.


The assembly stands. All may make the sign of the cross, the sign that is marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

In the name of the Father,

and of the ☩ Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.


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.


Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Most merciful God,

we confess that we are captive 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 neighbors 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.


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.


GATHERING HYMN Eternal Father, Strong to Save (ELW 756)

1 Eternal Father, strong to save,

whose arm has bound the restless wave,

who bade the mighty ocean deep

its own appointed limits keep:

oh, hear us when we cry to thee

for those in peril on the sea.

2 O Savior, whose almighty word

the winds and waves submissive heard,

who walked upon the foaming deep,

and calm amid the storm didst sleep:

oh, hear us when we cry to thee

for those in peril on the sea.

3 O Holy Spirit, who didst brood

upon the chaos dark and rude,

and bid its angry tumult cease,

and give, for wild confusion, peace:

oh, hear us when we cry to thee

for those in peril on the sea.

4 O Trinity of love and pow'r,

all trav'lers guard in danger's hour

from rock and tempest, fire and foe,

protect them wheresoe'er they go;

thus evermore shall rise to thee

glad hymns and praise from land and sea.



The presiding minister and the assembly greet each other.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

KYRIE (ELW p. 203)

Have mercy on us, Lord, and hear our solemn prayer.

We come to hear your living word; it saves us from despair.

Have mercy on us, Christ, and wash away our sin.

Pour out your grace and make us whole that new life may begin.

Have mercy on us, Lord, make sin and shame depart.

Renew us with your saving pow’r; create in us new hearts!


Glory be to God in heaven; peace, goodwill to all the earth.

Mighty God of all creation, Father of surpassing worth:

we exalt you, we adore you, we lift high our thanks and praise.

Saints and angels bow before you; here on earth our songs we raise.

Glory be to Christ forever, Lamb of God and Lord of love.

Son of God and gracious Savior, you have come from heav’n above;

on the cross you died to save us; now you reign at God’s right hand.

Hear our prayer; restore, forgive us; in your promise firm we stand.

Holy One we now acclaim you; Lord alone, to you we call;

Holy One in faith we name you, God most high, yet near to all:

Jesus Christ, with God the Spirit, in the Father’s splendor bright.

For the peace that we inherit, glory be to God on high!


The presiding minister leads the prayer of the day.

Let us pray.

A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

O God of creation, eternal majesty, you preside over land and sea, sunshine and storm. By your strength pilot us, by your power preserve us, by your wisdom instruct us, and by your hand protect us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


The assembly is seated.


God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.

FIRST READING: Job 38:1-11

A reading from Job.

1The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:

 2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

 3Gird up your loins like a man,

  I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

 4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

  Tell me, if you have understanding.

 5Who determined its measurements—surely you know!

  Or who stretched the line upon it?

 6On what were its bases sunk,

  or who laid its cornerstone

 7when the morning stars sang together

  and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?

 8“Or who shut in the sea with doors

  when it burst out from the womb?—

 9when I made the clouds its garment,

  and thick darkness its swaddling band,

 10and prescribed bounds for it,

  and set bars and doors,

 11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,

  and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?”

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13

A reading from 2 Corinthians.

1As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For he says,

 “At an acceptable time I have listened to you,

  and on a day of salvation I have helped you.”

See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

  11We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The assembly stands to welcome the gospel.

Alleluia! Lord and Savior: open now your saving word.

Let it burn like fire within us; speak until our hearts are stirred.

Alleluia! Lord, we sing for the good news that you bring.

GOSPEL: Mark 4:35-41

The holy gospel according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

35When evening had come, [Jesus said to the disciples,] “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


HYMN OF THE DAY Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me (ELW 767)

1 Lord, take my hand and lead me

upon life's way;

direct, protect, and feed me

from day to day.

Without your grace and favor

I go astray;

so take my hand, O Savior,

and lead the way.

2 Lord, when the tempest rages,

I need not fear;

for you, the Rock of Ages,

are always near.

Close by your side abiding,

I fear no foe,

for when your hand is guiding,

in peace I go.

3 Lord, when the shadows lengthen

and night has come,

I know that you will strengthen

my steps toward home,

then nothing can impede me,

O blessed Friend!

So, take my hand and lead me

unto the end.

CREED (ELW p. 104)

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.


Following each petition:

...Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

PEACE (ELW p. 206)

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.


God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.



Let us pray.

Holy God, gracious and merciful, you bring forth food from the earth and nourish your whole creation. Turn our hearts toward those who hunger in any way, that all may know your care; and prepare us now to feast on the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.




The Lord be with you.        

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.        

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The thanksgiving continues with the preface for the day or season.


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heav’n and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest,

hosanna in the highest.


The presiding minister continues, using an appropriate form.


Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever. Amen.


Taste and see that the Lord is good.


The congregation is invited to partake in the meal from where they are seated or to take the elements with them as they leave.

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.



Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace, grant us peace.

After all have communed, the minister may say these or similar words.

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.



Let us pray.

We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life. In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.



God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.


Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.


SENDING SONG My Life Flows On in Endless Song (ELW 763)

1 My life flows on in endless song;

above earth's lamentation,

I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn

that hails a new creation.


No storm can shake my inmost calm

while to that Rock I'm clinging.

Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,

how can I keep from singing?

2 Through all the tumult and the strife,

I hear that music ringing.

It finds an echo in my soul.

How can I keep from singing? Refrain

3 What though my joys and comforts die?

The Lord my Savior liveth.

What though the darkness gather round?

Songs in the night he giveth. Refrain

4 The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,

a fountain ever springing!

All things are mine since I am his!

How can I keep from singing? Refrain


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

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