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9th Sunday after Pentecost – July 25, 2021

Service of the Word ~ 9:30am

Prelude

Announcements

Brief Order for Confession and Forgiveness

P   In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C   Amen
P   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 Christ our Lord.
C   Amen
P   If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence to recall the sins that afflict us in conscience

P   Most merciful God,
C   we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen
P   In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake God forgives you all your sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ he gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit.
C   Amen

Opening Hymn                  Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Apostolic Greeting           (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Kyrie                                     p. 57 LBW

Hymn of Praise                  p. 59 LBW

Prayer of the Day

O God, your almighty power is most clearly shown in your mercy and pity. Multiply your grace that we may run to your promises and be made to share in your heavenly joy; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Children’s Sermon

1st Scripture Lesson    Genesis 9:8-17

8God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9“Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

The Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 136:1-9

1Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
      for his mercy endures forever.
2Give thanks to the God of gods,
      for his mercy endures forever.
3Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
      for his mercy endures forever.
4Who only does great wonders,
      for his mercy endures forever;
5Who by wisdom made the heavens,
      for his mercy endures forever;
6Who spread out the earth up on the waters,
      for his mercy endures forever;
7Who created great lights,
      for his mercy endures forever;
8The sun to rule the day,
      for his mercy endures forever;
9The moon and the stars to govern the night,
      for his mercy endures forever.

2nd Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 3:14-21

14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith — that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.

The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation        p. 62 LBW

Gospel   Mark 6:45-56

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark the 6th Chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

45Immediately {Jesus} made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 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.” 51And 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 to the shore. 54And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him 55and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.

The Gospel of the Lord.
C:  Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

Hymn of Day                      Be Still My Soul

Apostles’ Creed

Offering

Offering of a Thought

Offertory                             The Doxology  (564)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, Ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Offertory Prayer               p. 67 LBW

Prayers of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Benediction                        p. 74 LBW

Closing Hymn                     O God Beyond All Praising (797)

Dismissal                             p. 74 LBW

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