June 23, 2024 † 10:15 AM

5th Sunday after Pentecost †

Whether this is your first time with us or your one thousand and first, we are glad that the Spirit has drawn you here today! Visitors are invited to sign the Guest Book near the front doors of the church and take home a welcome brochure to learn more about us.

Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633
On March 18, 1990, this 63” x 50” painting was cut from its frame at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston during the single largest property theft in the world. Thirteen works of art were stolen.

There is a $10 million dollar reward for information leading to the safe return of the works.
A painting of a ship in a storm

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The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God

GATHERING Here on Jesus Christ I Will Stand


Here on Jesus Christ I will stand, He’s the solid rock of my life

He’s the solid rock of my life. He’s the solid rock of my life

Verse 1:

There’s no other place I can hide till the storm that rages subsides.

My voice cries to God from the flood, and I’m saved because of His blood.


Verse 2:

It is not the work of my hands that has washed away all my sins.

I’m redeemed, and all of my days, Jesus Christ will be my heart’s praise


Verse 3:

When my days on this earth are done, and I stand at God’s holy throne

My heart will not have any fear; in Christ’s righteousness I am here.




Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,

who forgives all our sin,

whose mercy endures forever. Amen.

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. Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are captive 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.

In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Calm to the waves. Calm to the wind. Jesus whispers, “Peace, be still.”

Balm to our hearts. Fears at and end. In stillness, hear His voice.



Let us pray. O God of creation, eternal majesty, you preside over land and sea, sunshine and storm. By your strength pilot us, by your power preserve us, by your wisdom instruct us, and by your hand protect us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song


At the end of the book of Job, after Job and his companions have argued about the cause of the great suffering Job endures, God finally speaks. These verses begin that speech, which is a grand vision of creation, describing God’s ordering of the cosmos and inviting Job to marvel at its beauty.

A reading from Job.

1The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3Gird up your loins like a man,
  I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
  Tell me, if you have understanding.
5Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
  Or who stretched the line upon it?
6On what were its bases sunk,
  or who laid its cornerstone
7when the morning stars sang together
  and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?

8“Or who shut in the sea with doors
  when it burst out from the womb?—
9when I made the clouds its garment,
  and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10and prescribed bounds for it,
  and set bars and doors,
11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
  and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?”

Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.

SECOND READING Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 read responsively

A reading from Psalms.

1Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good,

  for God’s mercy endures forever.

2Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim

  that God redeemed them from the hand of the foe,

3gathering them in from the lands;

  from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

23Some went down to the sea in ships,

  plying their trade in deep waters.

24They beheld the works of the Lord,

  God’s wonderful works in the deep.

25Then God spoke, and a stormy wind arose,

  which tossed high the waves of the sea.

26They mounted up to the heavens and descended to the depths;

  their souls melted away in their peril.

27They staggered and reeled like drunkards,

  and all their skill was of no avail.

28Then in their trouble they cried to the Lord,

  and you delivered them from their distress.

29You stilled the storm to a whisper

  and silenced the waves of the sea.

30Then were they glad when it grew calm,

  when you guided them to the harbor they desired.

31Let them give thanks to you, Lord, for your steadfast love

  and your wonderful works for all people.

32Let them exalt you in the assembly of the people;

  in the council of the elders, let them sing hallelujah!

Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.


GOSPEL Mark 4:35-41

Jesus’ calming of the storm on the sea reveals his power over evil, since the sea represents evil and chaos. The boat on the sea is a symbol of the church and invites us to trust God amid life’s turbulence.

The Holy Gospel according to Mark.

35When evening had come, Jesus said to the disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

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

SERMON Pastor Jeff


Verse 1:

You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find You in the myst’ry, in oceans deep, my faith will stand


and I will call upon Your name and keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise, my soul will rest in your embrace for I am Yours and You are mine

Verse 2:

Your grace abounds in deepest waters, Your sov’reign hand will be my guide

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me, You’ve never failed and you won’t start now.



Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders,

Let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Saviour





God, who is rich in mercy and love, gives us a new birth into a living hope through the sacrament of baptism. By water and the Word, God delivers us from sin and death and raises us to new life in Jesus Christ. We are united with all the baptized in the one body of Christ, anointed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and joined in God’s mission for the life of the world.

Sponsors for each candidate, in turn, present the candidates:

I present Harrison Cooper for baptism.

The presiding minister addresses the parents:

Called by the Holy Spirit, trusting in the grace and love of God, do you desire to have Harrison baptized into Christ? We do.

As you bring Harrison to receive the gift of baptism, you are entrusted with responsibilities:
to live with him among God’s faithful people,
bring him to the word of God and the holy supper,
teach him the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments,
place in his hands the holy scriptures,
and nurture his in faith and prayer,
so that Harrison may learn to trust God,
proclaim Christ through word and deed,
care for others and the world God made,
and work for justice and peace.

Do you promise to help him grow in the Christian faith and life? We do.

Sponsors, do you promise to nurture Harrison in the Christian faith as you are empowered
by God’s Spirit, and to help him live in the covenant of baptism and in communion with
the church? We do.

People of God, do you promise to support Harrison and pray for him in his new life in Christ
We do.

Profession of Faith

I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church. Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God?

I renounce them.

Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God?

I renounce them.

Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?

I renounce them.

Do you believe in God the Father?

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

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.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

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.

Thanksgiving at the Font

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O God, maker and ruler of all things. Your voice thundered over the waters at creation. You water the mountains and send springs into the valleys to refresh and satisfy all living things.

Through the waters of the flood you carried those in the ark to safety. Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery to freedom. In the wilderness you nourished them with water from the rock, and you brought them across the river Jordan to the promised land.

By the baptism of his death and resurrection, your Son Jesus has carried us to safety and freedom. The floods shall not overwhelm us, and the deep shall not swallow us up, for Christ has brought us over to the land of promise. He sends us to make disciples, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Pour out your Holy Spirit; wash away sin in this cleansing water; clothe the baptized with Christ; and claim your daughters and sons, no longer slave and free, no longer male and female, but one with all the baptized in Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Harrison Cooper, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Let us pray. We give you thanks, O God, that through water and the Holy Spirit you give your daughters and sons new birth, cleanse them from sin, and raise them to eternal life.

Sustain Harrison with the gift of your Holy Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever. Amen.

Harrison, child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. Amen.


Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Let us welcome the newly baptized.

We welcome you into the body of Christ and into the mission we share join us in giving thanks and praise to God and bearing God’s creative and redeeming word to all the world.


Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

Lord, listen to Your children praying

Lord, send Your spirit in this place

Lord, listen to Your children praying

Send us love, send us power, send us grace

We come before the triune God to pray for our communities, ourselves, and our world.

Equip your faithful people to approach this world in wonder. Make your church a safe place to explore big questions, troubling doubts, and honest laments. Humble our hearts to repent of the ways that communities of faith have inflicted pain or trauma.

You spoke creation into order from the chaos of the swirling deep. May your name be praised by rivers and seas, wetlands and waterfalls. Secure clean water for all people, lift up the work of water protectors, and rescue water sources from exploitation.

Amid whirlwinds of division, violence, and conflict, remind us again that you are as steadfast as the foundations of the earth. Rejuvenate peacemakers, advocates, and community organizers when they feel weary in their work, especially those who seek justice in war-torn areas like Ukraine and Russia, or Palestine and Israel.

Deliver your people from their distress, O God. We lift before you all who are sick or struggling especially Michaela, Jenn, Michael, Bill, Michael, Doug, John, Carole, Al, Mary, all those affected by addiction or mental illness, and all first responders, military personnel, or health care workers. Grant consolation and peace to all who live with chronic, terminal, or persistent illness. In times of affliction or hardship, sustain us in faith.

Enfold all travelers with your protection. Bless the comings and goings of this assembly as we travel for leisure or for work. Protect those who must be outdoors during heatwaves or intense sun. Let all journeys be met with hospitality on the way, and let community members return to us with celebration. We pray especially for the campers and adult leaders who will participate in Camp Pride at Pilgrim Lodge this week, including Good Shepherd members: Philip, Carys, Lillian, Oliver, Rachel, Katrina and Pastor Cassie.

Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation for all the redeemed of the Lord. Joined together with the great cloud of witnesses, we give thanks for your steadfast love and wonderful works. We give thanks for your people who walk life’s journey alongside us, and celebrate the bonds we share, lifting up the 3rd wedding anniversary for Josh and Lauren Pajak, and the 40th wedding anniversary for Holly and Ray Pavlak, with our altar flowers today.

Receive our prayers, O God, and come quickly to our aid,

through the power of the Spirit and the love of Jesus Christ. Amen.


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

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God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ


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 God, mighty and merciful,

by your promise you bound yourself to earth and all its creatures,

granting them life and calling them to flourish,

setting the sign of your bow in the clouds, the colors of your love and faithfulness.

Your mercy endures forever.

By your promise you bound yourself to your people of old,

blessing them with family outnumbering the stars and calling them to be a blessing to others,

showing them steadfast love in every generation and calling them to be a light to the nations.

Your mercy endures forever.

By your promise you joined us to Jesus, your Beloved,

grafting us into your living Vine, and calling us to bear the fruit of your self-giving love.

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

With this bread and cup we remember his life laid down and lifted up

as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us and these gifts of bread and wine.

Send us to tend and cherish the earth and to serve the world with mercy and love.

With all the saints in light, with the earth and all its creatures, with sun and moon and stars,

we praise you, O God, through Christ Jesus, in your Spirit, now and forever. Amen.


Let us pray as Jesus taught us, each in the words or language of our choice.

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.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen


Christ has set the table with more than enough for all! Come, taste and see that God is good.


At this table, Christ is both host and meal, and offers himself to all
who hunger and thirst for his presence.

We believe that he is truly present in this sacrament.

Come to the front, where bread is placed in your hand (you can request a gluten-free wafer),
and where you receive wine by taking a cup from the tray
(the cups in the center contain white grape juice).

If you do not wish to commune, you are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing.

If you need to receive communion in your seat, simply notify an usher.

No one is too young to receive this sacrament, though some families wish to give their children some instruction before they take their first communion. If a young child accompanies you, please indicate to the pastor whether they should receive bread or a blessing.

COMMUNION Lay Me Down Chris Tomlin


God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.



The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.

The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace. Amen.


Verse 1:

Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King, His love endures forever

For He is good, He is above all thins, His love endures forever.

Sing praise, sing praise

Verse 2:

With a mighty hand and outstretched arm, His love endures forever

For the life that’s been reborn, His love endures forever

Sing praise, sing praise. Sing praise, sing praise

Chorus 1:

Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong

Forever God is with us, forever. Forever.

Verse 3:

From the rising to the setting sun, His love endures forever.

By the grace of God we will carry on, His love endures forever.

Sing praise, sing praise. Sing praise, sing praise

Chorus 2:

Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong

Forever God is with us, forever.

Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong

Forever God is with us, forever. Forever.


Go in peace. You are the body of Christ in the world!

Thanks be to God!

Thank you to those who helped with worship today:

Worship Assistant Caryn F

Ushers Caryn F

New Direction Praise Team Randy Gomez, Michelle Grim Kati, Lawrence Kati,
Matt Overholt, Linda Frederico & Sam Augustus

Altar Care Caryn F& Linda F

Upcoming Commemorations

John the Baptist

Monday, June 24, 2024

John said, “[Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease.” And so his birth is celebrated half a year before Jesus’, just as the daylight in the northern hemisphere begins to wane. Jesus honored John as being the greatest prophet.

Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, 1530

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

On this day in 1530 the German and Latin editions of the Augsburg Confession were presented to the Emperor Charles of the Holy Roman Empire. The Augsburg Confession was written by Philipp Melanchthon and endorsed by Martin Luther, and consists of a brief summary of points in which the reformers saw their teaching as either agreeing with or differing from that of the Roman Catholic Church of the time.

Philipp Melanchthon, renewer of the church, died 1560

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Though he died on April 19, Philipp Melanchthon is commemorated today because of his connection with the Augsburg Confession. Colleague and co-reformer with Martin Luther, Melanchthon was a brilliant scholar, known as “the teacher of Germany.”

Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, died 444

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Cyril defended the orthodox teachings about the person of Christ. After a conflict involving all of the major Christian leaders of the time, it was decided that Cyril’s interpretation, that Christ’s person included both divine and human natures, was correct.

Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, died around 202

Friday, June 28, 2024

This important early church leader tried very hard to hold to the faith handed down by the apostles. An opponent of the movement known as gnosticism, Irenaeus was one of the first to speak of the church as catholic, or linked together.

Peter and Paul, Apostles

Saturday, June 29, 2024

These two strong-willed apostles are the pillars of the church in the first generation after Christ. Peter was one of the Twelve, one who both offered a glorious confession of faith and later denied knowing Jesus. Paul once led the persecution of Christians, then was converted and helped bring the faith to non-Jewish people.

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