On the third Sunday, our service is contemplative. Instead of a sermon, we share our worship bulletin from our prayer service.
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
INVITATION TO REST AND REFLECT
“The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat” (Mark 6: 30-31).
* LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE
* PROCESSIONAL HYMN “Holy Ground” last page of worship bulletin
WELCOME AND CHILDREN’S TIME
BREATH AND BODY PRAYERS
SUNG PRAYER “God’s Eye Be Within Me” p. 29 in songbook
EPISTLE READING Ephesians 2: 13-22
13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father/Mother. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
SINGING PEACE “The Peace of the Earth” pp. 78-79 in songbook
*Please stand as you are able in body or in spirit.
CONFESSING OUR NEED FOR PEACE
*GOSPEL READING Mark 6: 45-56
45Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.47When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. 49But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” 51Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened. 53When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
PRAYING THROUGH LECTIO DIVINA
SONG “Lord Jesus Christ, Lover of All” p. 51 in songbook
- Prayer for hope. Move to the easel to contemplate the painting of Jesus and a woman walking on water. Let it speak to you and your needs. There are several Gospel accounts of Jesus calming stormy waters or walking on the sea, one of which we read this morning. This artist includes a woman walking on the sea, too. What do you think is the story behind this picture? How does the addition of the woman change the story? How does the painting speak to you?
- Prayer for healing. Move to the station with the robe and paper hands. Our Gospel reading concludes with the story of sick people being healed by merely touching the edge of Jesus’s robe. Take one of the paper hands and write a prayer request for yourself or another on one of the paper hands. Then place the hand on the hem of the robe as you silently offer a prayer for healing of body, mind, or spirit.
- Prayer for the community of Christ. Move to the altar table. Recall the story of Jesus’s last supper with his disciples. Take a piece of bread, dip it in the common cup, and eat. Give thanks for the One who broke down the dividing walls to bring reconciliation and peace. Then you may place your offerings of money in the offering plate. Pray for those who will be directly or indirectly helped through your gift.
- Prayer with the pastor. You may kneel beside the pastor to share a request for private prayer.