Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Bulletin & Readings for Sunday July 4, 2021

This bulletin includes the order of service as well as the readings for Ante-Communion. The items in bold italics are intended for you to speak while you are on the zoom call (while muted), or as you watch along with the video once it has been posted.

The Word of God

Opening Acclamation

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Saying together…

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   Amen.

The Lessons

Readings Lector: Henry S

The First Reading

Reader: A reading from Ezekiel 2:1-5

1He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. 2And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. 3He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. 4The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ 5Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
People: Thanks be to God!

Psalm 123

Voice 1:  Helen Voice 2:  Pat

1 To you I lift up my eyes,
       to you enthroned in the heavens.
2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,
       and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
3 So our eyes look to the Lord our God,
       until he show us his mercy.
4 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy,
       for we have had more than enough of contempt,
5 Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich,
       and of the derision of the proud.

The Second Reading

Readings Lector: Henry

Reader: The second reading is from 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

2I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. 3And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows— 4was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. 5On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. 6But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, 7even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given to me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
Thanks be to God.

The Third Reading

The third reading is from Mark 6:1-13

1He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. 2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him. 4Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ 5And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. 6And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching. 7He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. 10He said to them, ‘Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ 12So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
Thanks be to God.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through whom all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for (+) the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Intercessor Lead:  Hannah Response:  Susan

Called by the risen Christ to love and follow the Lord, let us pray to God for the needs of all believers and of all peoples everywhere.

For the holy churches of God in every place, for Michael our Presiding Bishop, for Carlye our Bishop, for all lay leaders and clergy, and for the unity of all.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

In this season of new life, we pray for new ways to connect to one another and to you, our source of life and joy, O God; for this holy gathering, even while separated and for all who know one another in Christ.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For the world and its leaders, for Joseph/Joe, our President, Phil our Governor, Michael our Mayor; for our nation and its people.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all those who are suffering during this pandemic, for all victims of COVID-19, including those we name now . . . ., for all who are sick and for those who are dying.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all victims of violence, for those in danger and need, for the oppressed; for all those who face these concerns, now magnified; for those who suffer for any reason, for all other illnesses, for all those we name now
. . . , we pray.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all those providing care at this time, for doctors, nurses, staff, technicians, for social workers, counselors, therapists, for all first responders and for all essential workers, that you may safeguard them as they work on our behalf.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For research scientists and lab technicians; in thanksgiving for the vaccines; for all those continuing to work to improve prevention and treatment for this illness; for healing and restoration.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all the blessings of this life, for those you would name here . . . , and for all those we love.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all those who mourn, for those who grieve, separated at the last hour from their loved one; for those who face death without the consolation of family at their side; for all those who have died, including those we name now . . . , we pray.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

Remembering our most glorious and blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ.

To you, O gracious God.

Service Leader: Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their
lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Doxology

(Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), para. of Psalm 117; Music: Old 100th, melody from Pseaumes octante trois de David, 1551, alt.; harm. after Louis Bourgeois (1510?-1561?); Licensed for Use: CCLI Copyright License 20716203; CCLI Streaming License 20716210

The Lord’s Prayer

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

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, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Peace

The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

Announcements

Sending Hymn

Closing Prayer

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you at his ascension, the riches of his blessing. Amen.

The Altar Flowers Today are for:

Pat DeFerrari by Joe DeFerrari

Ministers in this Service

Service Leader: Kiki
Altar Guild/Flowers: Susan J
Tech Vergers: Henry S

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