Worship Guide - Second Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Guide

June 2, 2024

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World






Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People: And also with you!



Special Music: “Hold On” Stefanie


Centering Words:


Before we speak, God knows our thoughts and minds completely, calling us into fellowship this day.


*Call to Worship:


Leader:    The One who called Samuel from the darkness continues to say: “Let light shine out of darkness.”

People:   The light of Christ shines all around us.

Leader:    The One who searches us and knows us hems us in, behind and before.

People:   We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Leader:    Let us worship a God who surprises us at every turn. Let us pray.


ALL: Merciful One, when life beats us down, you reach out and restore us to health and wholeness. Surprise us once more, O God, with your never-failing grace and the light of your love. Amen.


Hymn: I Am Thine O Lord”


I am thine, O Lord, I have heard thy voice,

and it told thy love to me;

but I long to rise in the arms of faith

and be closer drawn to thee.


Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to the cross where thou hast died.

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to thy precious, bleeding side.


Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord,

by the power of grace divine;

let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,

and my will be lost in thine.


Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to the cross where thou hast died.

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to thy precious, bleeding side.


O the pure delight of a single hour

that before thy throne I spend,

when I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God

I commune as friend with friend!


Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to the cross where thou hast died.

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to thy precious, bleeding side.


There are depths of love that I cannot know

till I cross the narrow sea;

there are heights of joy that I may not reach

till I rest in peace with Thee.


Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to the cross where thou hast died.

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to thy precious, bleeding side.




Words of Assurance


Though we are but vessels of clay, the extraordinary power of God shines light in and through our darkness.

Though our span of years is short, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. God blesses us with mercies beyond measure.



*New Testament Reading: Mark 2:23-3:6


23 One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? 26 He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” 27 Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; 28 so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

3 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” 4 Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.


Leader:    This is the Word of God for the people of God

People:   Thanks be to God.




Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me


Children’s Message: “Mend”


Hymn: “The Summons”


Will you come and follow me

if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don't know

and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown,

Will you let my name be known,

will you let my life be grown

in you and you in me?


Will you leave yourself behind

if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind

and never be the same?

Will you risk the hostile stare

should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer

in you and you in me?


Will you let the blinded see

if I but call your name?

Will you set the prisoners free

and never be the same?

Will you kiss the leper clean,

and do such as this unseen,

and admit to what I mean

in you and you in me?


Will you love the "you" you hide

if I but call your name?

Will you quell the fear inside

and never be the same?

Will you use the faith you've found,

to reshape the world around,

through my sight and touch and sound

in you and you in me?


Lord your summons echoes true

when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you

and never be the same.

In your company I'll go

where your love and footsteps show.

Thus I'll move and live and grow

in you and you in me.


Sermon: “All-Knowing Creator” Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18


1      O Lord, you have searched me and known me.

2      You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

you discern my thoughts from far away.

3      You search out my path and my lying down,

and are acquainted with all my ways.

4      Even before a word is on my tongue,

O Lord, you know it completely.

5      You hem me in, behind and before,

and lay your hand upon me.

6      Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is so high that I cannot attain it.

13     For it was you who formed my inward parts;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14     I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

that I know very well.

15     My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

16     Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.

In your book were written

all the days that were formed for me,

when none of them as yet existed.

17     How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

18     I try to count them—they are more than the sand;

I come to the end—I am still with you.




Prayers of the People: Joys and concerns

   Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer     




Invitation, Prayer of Confession and Pardon:


Christ our Lord invites to his table

       all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God

and one another.


Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you

with our whole hearts.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the

cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;

that proves God's love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!


In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Glory to God. Amen


 The Great Thanksgiving  

    The Lord be with you

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing,

always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of

heaven and earth.

You formed us in your image and

breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed,

your love remained steadfast.

You delivered us from captivity,

made covenant to be our sovereign God,

and spoke to us through your prophets.

And so, with your people on earth

and all the company of heaven

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven 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.


Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.

Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people.

He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners.

By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection, you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

When the Lord Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always, in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.

On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:


"Take, eat; this my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."


When the supper was over, he took the cup,

gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:


"Drink from this all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

poured out for you and for many

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it

in remembrance of me."


And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith




Christ has died;

Christ is risen;

Christ will come again.


Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.   Amen


And now with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

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 forever.



Sharing of the Cup and Loaf


Moment of Prayer and Meditation


Prayer of Thanks


Eternal God, we give you thanks

for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us. 

Grant that we may go into the world

in the strength of your Spirit,

to give ourselves to others,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 





Hymn: “Be Thou My Vision


Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

naught be all else to me, save that thou art.

Thou my best thought, by day or by night,

waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.


Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;

I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

thou and thou only, first in my heart,

great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.


Great God of heaven, my victory won,

may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

still be my vision, O Ruler of all.