Third Sunday after Pentecost: Bulletin & Readings for Sunday June 13, 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.

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

Readings Lector: Kiki

The First Reading

Reader: A reading from Ezekiel 17:22-24

22 Thus 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.
23 On 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.
24 All 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.

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

People: Thanks be to God!

Psalm 92: 1-4,11-14

Voice 1:  Pat      Voice 2:  Kevin

1 It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord,
       and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High;
2 To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning
       and of your faithfulness in the night season;
3 On the psaltery, and on the lyre,
       and to the melody of the harp.
4 For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord;
       and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
11 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
       and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
12 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord 
       shall flourish in the courts of our God;
13 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
       they shall be green and succulent;
14 That they may show how upright the Lord is,
       my Rock, in whom there is no fault.

The Second Reading

Readings Lector: Kiki

Reader: The second reading is from 2 Corinthians 5:6-10,(11-13),14-17

So 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 judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

[11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. 12We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. 13For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.] 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.

16 From 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!

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

Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel of Our Savior Jesus Christ: Mark 4:26-34

The Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Christ.

26 He also 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.’

30 He 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.’

33 With 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.

The Sermon

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:  Susan Response:  Don

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.

Leader: 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.

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:

Frank J. De Ferrari by Paul D. Schumann
Kay Siegrist
by The Saurborn Family

Ministers in this Service

Celebrant & Preacher:  The Rev’d Fletcher Harper
Altar Guild/Flowers: Susan J
Tech Vergers: Hank A, Shanna A, Henry S

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