Worship Bulletin for June 24, 2018

SUNDAY JUNE 24, 2018

PRE-SERVICE PRAISE & PRAYER   (9:30 am) Alleluia Praise Choir

CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #67 We, Thy Peo­ple Praise Thee

PRELUDE A time to reflect and pre­pare to hear God

Sonata No. 1 in Fm, Op. 120 Alle­gret­to grazioso        Michael King, clar­inet

PASTORAL GREETING

One: Who are we who gath­er in this place?

All: We are dis­ci­ples of Jesus Christ, shar­ing his Love through Wor­ship, Works, and Wit­ness

CALL TO WORSHIP

One:       Sing praise to God, who heeds our tears.
All:          Sing praise to God, who helps the afflict­ed.
One:       Sing praise to God, who lifts up the oppressed.
All:          Sing praise to God, who remem­bers the needy.
One:       Sing praise to God, who gives aid to the poor.
All:          Sing praise to God, who is wor­thy of our thanks!

HYMN (seat­ed)  #512 Stand By Me

SPIRITUAL SONG The Bat­tle Belongs to the Lord

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST                  

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2226 Bind Us Togeth­er

OPENING PRAYER

Lord of wind and water, of calm­ness and peace, be with us this day. Calm our fears as we face uncer­tain futures. Help us to relin­quish con­trol and to place our trust total­ly in you. Remind us to con­tin­ue to faith­ful­ly work for good, with grat­i­tude for the many bless­ings you have poured upon us. When the waves and tor­rents threat­en us, let us again turn to you, remem­ber­ing your sav­ing mer­cies and love. Give us courage to become dis­ci­ples who can calm the seas of doubt and anger, bring­ing hope and peace. As we have brought before you sit­u­a­tions that require help and heal­ing mer­cies, remind us again that you are with each per­son and sit­u­a­tion, offer­ing your love and mer­cy. We thank you for the many ways in which you have healed us. For all the good­ness you have poured on us, we offer prayers of grat­i­tude and love, as we ask these things in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

GIFT OF MUSIC   Sonata No. 1 in Fm, Andante un poco Ada­gio             Michael King, clar­inet

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #2215 Cares Cho­rus

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                

SILENT PRAYERS

THE LORD’S PRAYER

GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD

Choralvor­spiel, O Gott, du from­mer Gott (Opus 122/7) — by Johannes Brahms

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS #2070 He is Exalt­ed

THE WRITTEN WORD Mark 4. 35 — 41

35 That day when evening came, he said to his dis­ci­ples, “Let us go over to the oth­er side.” 36 Leav­ing the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also oth­er boats with him. 37 A furi­ous squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was near­ly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleep­ing on a cush­ion. The dis­ci­ples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Qui­et! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was com­plete­ly calm. 40 He said to his dis­ci­ples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were ter­ri­fied and asked each oth­er, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” — NIV

One: The Word of God for the peo­ple of God
All: Thanks be to God

QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH

  • What is the worst per­son­al storm you have faced?
  • Which fright­ens you more, the storm or Jesus?
  • How do you react when Jesus seems to be asleep in your life?
  • What about faith in Jesus stills the storms for you? 

HYMN #377 It Is Well With My Soul

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION Find­ing Calm in the Midst of the Storm

PASTOR’S PRAYER

THE SENDING Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE Prae­ludi­um und Fuge A‑moll (ohne Opuszahl) - by Johannes Brahms