Friday, June 18, 2021

Daily Prayer for June 18, 2021

Good is the Lord, whose mercy is everlasting; and whose faithfulness endures from age to age.

Daily Readings for Friday, June 18, 2021

Almighty God, you have taught us that all our deeds without love are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the very bond of peace and of all goodness. Give us your hope, O God, that we may rejoice in your goodness to us and to all your children, and be thankful for your love revealed in Jesus Christ. Give strength to those who are searching together for that kind of obedience which creates unity. Heal the divisions separating your children one from another, so that they will make fast, with bonds of peace, the unity which the Spirit gives. High God, holy God: you rule the ways of peoples, and govern every earthly government. Work with those who work for your ways. Make every person in authority an agent of your reconciliation, and every diplomat an ambassador of hope. Bring peace and goodwill among all people, fulfilling among us the promise made in Jesus Christ, who was born to save the world. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord be kind and gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Trunk and Sidewalk Sale

ST MARK TRUNK AND SIDEWALK SALE, JUNE 19, 9am – 2pm.  The proceeds of the sale will benefit several local charities.

Items to donate include Toys, Games, Puzzles, Lawn, Garden, Outdoor Implements,Tools, Sporting Goods and Camping Gear.  

Donations for the sale will be collected Thursday, June 17, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday, June 18, 9:15 a.m. – 12 pm.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Order of Worship June 13, 2021


God, you are the gardener of all creation. You planted this world with the seeds of your love and grow them with your faithfulness. We are your harvest; we find our meaning and sustenance in you. May our minds listen to you calling, may our hearts be attuned to your will, may our feet follow you in the world, through Jesus, the Word become flesh. Amen.

PRELUDE      God Is My Strong Salvation      Young 



CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 20)


Please LORD answer us in days of trouble!

May God grant our heart’s desire and fulfill all our plans.

May we shout for joy over your victory,

and in the name of our God set up our banners.

May the LORD fulfill all our petitions as we worship together.

† HYMN     “Open My Eyes, That I May See”     Hymnal #451 




Holy God, the parable of the mustard seed teaches us that a little faith can produce great work in your kingdom. Yet, we are too timid to bear the fruit of your righteousness, for we walk by sight and not by faith. Forgive us, Lord; we do not uphold the poor or the oppressed. We do not advocate for the powerless or the voiceless. We do not sacrifice ourselves for the needs of our neighbors. Renew us with the love of Christ so that we will live no longer for ourselves, but for Christ who became the seed of your righteousness in us. (Silent Confession)




 The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you


TIME WITH CHILDREN (Children 5th grade and younger may leave to attend Sunday School*) 

SCRIPTURE Mark 4:26-34 

SERMON “Grains of Truth” Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess 

† AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Westminster Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism 

Question One Q. What is our chief end? A. Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy God forever. 

OFFERING      This Is My Father’s World      Medley 

Chancel Bells 



 † HYMN      “I Love to Tell the Story”      Hymnal #462


† BENEDICTION “We Are Marching in the Light of God” 

POSTLUDE      Great is the Lord      Moore

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Scripture for June 13

  Mark 4:26-34

The Parable of the Growing Seed

26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Daily Prayer for June 11, 2021

 Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Daily Readings for Friday, June 11, 2021

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation. You have given us the light of day that we might see your wonders in all we say and do; you give us the gentle darkness of the night that we might rest from our burdens and be refreshed in body and spirit. How great is your love, Lord God, how wide is your mercy! Never let us board up the narrow gate that leads to life with rules or doctrines that you dismiss; but give us a Spirit to welcome all people with affection, so that your church may never exclude secret friends of yours, who are included in the love of Jesus Christ, who came to save us all. Almighty God, by the love of Jesus Christ you draw people to faith, and welcome them into the church family. May we show your joy by embracing new brothers and sisters, who with us believe and with us will work to serve you. Keep us close together in your Spirit, breaking bread in faith and love, one with Jesus Christ our Lord and Master. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Step by Step


May 16 Livestream worship at 10 AM Click here began
June 6 Child care began
June 13 Coffee on the Grounds begins!!
June 20 All church events will resume, following local guidelines.
July 3 Saturday worship begins at 5 PM

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Order of Worship June 6, 2021

10:00 am Sunday Worship


Holy One, we have no claim on you except that you made us and will not let us go. In this hour, suffer with your people once again until we hear your voice in our wilderness and remember whose we are; for we pray in the name of the healer you sent, and by your Spirit, which gives us life. Amen.

PRELUDE     Trumpet Tune in G       Sobaje 





Listen. Do you hear it?

The love of Christ is poured out for us.

Listen. Do you hear it?

The cloud of the faithful is singing God's praise.

Listen. Do you hear it?
The spirit of God is calling us to worship.

† HYMN      “Come, Thou Almighty King”       Hymnal #2




You have called us blessed, O God, and washed us in the waters of grace. You have called us family, O God, and bound us by the presence of your spirit. Forgive us, O Holy One, when we try to forget that we belong to you: when we bind ourselves to the illusion of independence, the myth of supremacy, or the fear of what might happen if we placed our trust in something beyond ourselves. Forgive us, O Holy One, and by your forgiveness, free us from all that keeps us bound. (Silent Confession) 



The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.


TIME WITH CHILDREN (Children 5th grade and younger may leave to attend Sunday School*) 

SCRIPTURE       Mark 3:20-35 

SERMON       "Who Are My Brothers and Sisters?"       Rev. MP Panco


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – Excerpts from The Scots Confession 3.08

Since the opposition between the justice of God and our sins was such that no flesh by itself could or might have attained unto God, it behooved the Son of God to descend unto us and take himself a body of our body, flesh of our flesh, and bone of our bone. By this most holy brotherhood whatever we have lost in Adam is restored again. Therefore, we are not afraid to call God our Father...because he has given us the only Son to be our brother. 



OFFERING       Come Thou Fount       Choplin 
Marsha Medley, piano 


Invitation to the Table 
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer 
Words of Institution   
Sharing of the Bread & Cup   
Prayer After Communion 


† HYMN      “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”       Hymnal #700 


† BENEDICTION “The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve” 

POSTLUDE       “Psalm of Glory”       Smith 

†You are invited to stand, as you are able. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Scripture for June 6

 Mark 3:20-35 

Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law

20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family[a] heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

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