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Date: June 6, 2021

GATHERING

Prelude

*Call to Worship

Lord, open our eyes


And we shall behold Your glory.

Lord, open our ears


And we shall hear Your call.

Lord, open our hearts


And we shall know Your love.

Lord, open our hands,


And we shall show Your generosity.

Lord, open our lives,


And we shall reveal Your glory.

Give us Your peace in Jesus,


And we will live together in peace.

This morning’s Call to Worship is from “The Open Gate” by David Adam, p. 16

*Invocation (together)

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 Chist our Lord. Amen.

*Hymn O Worship the King, All Glorious Above! #41 - verses 1,2,3,5

Call to Confession

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Come, friends, let us
confess the ways we have acted without integrity. Let us confess and be true to ourselves
before God and one another.
Prayer of Confession (together)

Lord, it’s a beautiful world You have made, and by the mystery of Your divine
economy, we enjoy so much of it. Ours is not a day of physical thirst nor do we
hunger for food to eat. Our day is full of snacks and drinks and we go to rest in
air conditioned homes on quiet streets. Yet our sleep is sometimes troubled, for
there is a restlessness that steals our ease. Like an itch that can’t be scratched,
we twist and turn to find relief . . . from depression . . . from worry . . . from aches
and pains . . . from loneliness . . . from mortality. O Christ our Savior, heal our sin.
Grant us release from these demons, and all the rest, that plague our nights and
days. Replace them with angelic hope and visions of our life in You that will
entice our trust. You have gone before us across the divide of death’s door.
Come and take our hands in prayer, in support, in comfort, in love. In Your
precious name we pray.

Silent Confession

Words of Assurance

Sisters and brothers, hear the good news! In the name of Jesus of
Nazareth, the Christ, we are forgiven! Thanks be to God! Amen!

WORD

Prayer of Illumination

FIrst Reading Genesis 3: 8 - 15

8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and
the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the
garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he
said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid
myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I
commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she
gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that
you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”

Second Reading Psalm 138

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;


before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
3 On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.
4 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
5 and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 For though the Lord is high, God regards the lowly,
but the haughty God knows from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Third Reading Mark 3: 20 - 27

20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat.
21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is
out of his mind.” 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He
is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23
And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out
Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a
house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has
risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But
no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the
strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.

God, we thank you for Your Word


The story of Your Grace
Sermon

Musical Interlude

*Affirmation of Faith:

Confession of 1967
Section B. The Love of God

God’s sovereign love is a mystery beyond the reach of man’s mind. Human thought ascribes to
God superlatives of power, wisdom, and goodness. But God reveals his love in Jesus Christ by
showing power in the form of a servant, wisdom in the folly of the cross, and goodness in
receiving sinful people. The power of God’s love in Christ to transform the world discloses that
the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator who made all things to serve the purpose of his love.

God has created the world of space and time to be the sphere of his dealings with humanity. In
its beauty and vastness, sublimity and awfulness, order and disorder, the world reflects to the
eye of faith the majesty and mystery of its Creator.

*Hymn Crown Him with Many Crowns #268

The Prayers of the Church

The Lord’s Prayer (debts and debtors), pg 35

COMMUNION

SENDING

*Hymn This Is My Father’s World #370

*Benediction

Postlude