3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Zion Lutheran Church + June 13, 2021
Indoor Worship Service in the Sanctuary
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
We gather in the name of the Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence for reflection and meditation.
Gracious God, have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of + Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith. Amen.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
O God, you are the tree of life, offering shelter to all the world. Graft us into yourself and nurture our growth, that we may bear your truth and love to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
PSALM 92:1-4, 12-15
1It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praise to your name, O Most High;
2to herald your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night;
3on the psaltery, and on the lyre,
and to the melody of the harp.
4For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord;
and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
12The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
13Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of our God;
14they shall still bear fruit in old age;
they shall be green and succulent;
15that they may show how upright the Lord is,
my rock, in whom there is no injustice.
Jesus 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.”
30He 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.”
33With 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 word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God
Pastor Nathan Gragg
MUSIC FOR REFLECTION
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT
1. Where do you see seeds of God’s kingdom sprouting around you?
2. What seed planted in you is growing in your life right now?
Living together in trust and hope, let us confess our faith.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Each petition ends:
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
As Jesus has taught us, we are bold to pray:
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, forever and ever. Amen
We prepare for Holy Communion.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your glory . . . with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
This is the body and blood of Christ, given for you. Amen.
All are invited to eat and drink saying,
“The body and blood of Christ is given for you.”
The blessing of God, who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us, + be upon you now and forever. Amen.
SENDING HYMN #533
Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
SENDING IN PEACE
Go in peace. You are the body of Christ.
Thanks be to God!
We will dismiss the sanctuary from back to front.
Please follow the direction of the ushers.
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SERVING IN WORSHIP TODAY
Presiding Minister: Pastor Nathan Gragg
Director of Music: Julie Branham
Assisting Minister: Mary Nell Panyard
Sound Tech: Roscoe Nesmith
Ushers: Roger Richardson, Larry Hook