June 13, 2021

Third 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 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (ELW 807)

1 Come, thou Fount of ev'ry blessing,

tune my heart to sing thy grace;

streams of mercy, never ceasing,

call for songs of loudest praise.

While the hope of endless glory

fills my heart with joy and love,

teach me ever to adore thee;

may I still thy goodness prove.

2 Here I raise my Ebenezer:

"Hither by thy help I've come";

and I hope, by thy good pleasure,

safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,

wand'ring from the fold of God;

he, to rescue me from danger,

interposed his precious blood.

3 Oh, to grace how great a debtor

daily I'm constrained to be;

let that grace now like a fetter

bind my wand'ring heart to thee.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;

prone to leave the God I love.

Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it;

seal it for thy courts above.



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, you are the tree of life, offering shelter to all the world. Graft us into yourself and nurture our growth, that we may bear your truth and love to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


The assembly is seated.


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

FIRST READING: Ezekiel 17:22-24

A reading from Ezekiel.

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.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17

A reading from 2 Corinthians.

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!

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 4:26-34

The holy gospel according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

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.

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


HYMN OF THE DAY How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord (ELW 580)

1 How clear is our vocation, Lord,

when once we heed your call

to live according to your word

and daily learn, refreshed, restored,

that you are Lord of all,

and will not let us fall.

2 But if, forgetful, we should find

your yoke is hard to bear;

if worldly pressures fray the mind

and life itself cannot unwind

its tangled skein of care:

our inward life repair.

3 We marvel how your saints become

in hindrances more sure;

whose joyful virtues put to shame

the casual way we wear your name,

and by our faults obscure

your pow'r to cleanse and cure.

4 In what you give us, Lord, to do,

together or alone,

in old routines or ventures new,

may we not cease to look to you,

the cross you hung upon,

all you endeavored done.



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 Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word (ELW 663)

1 Spread, oh, spread, almighty Word,

spread the reign of God the Lord.

Send forth our Creator's call,

heaven's gifts extend to all.

2 Tell of our Redeemer's grace,

who, to save our human race

and to pay rebellion's price,

gave himself as sacrifice.

3 Tell of God the Spirit giv'n

now to guide us on to heav'n,

strong and holy, just and true,

working both to will and do.

4 Lord of harvest, great and kind,

rouse to action heart and mind;

let the gath'ring nations all

see your light and heed your call.


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

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