June 23, 2024 † 8:30 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.

The Holy Spirit calls us together
as the people of God

PRELUDE Voluntary in d minor William Croft

Jesus, meine Zuversicht Johann G. Walther
Yeon Soh, Organ



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.

GATHERING HYMN Eternal Father, Strong to Save ELW 756

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


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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. Glory to you, O Lord.

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

HYMN OF THE DAY The Storm is Strong Sylvia G. Dunstan

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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.


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

A brief silence.

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. Merciful God, receive our prayer.

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. Merciful God, receive our prayer.

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. Merciful God, receive our prayer.

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. Merciful God, receive our prayer.

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. Merciful God, receive our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

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 your 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.

Merciful God, receive our prayer.

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.

OFFERING INVITATION (Gifts may be made online via debit or credit card using the QR code on the back of the bulletin)

SPECIAL MUSIC Simple Gifts arr. Faber

Elizabeth Fontes, piano

OF GIFTS Come to the Table ELW 481

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Let us pray.

God of many names, take our hearts and set them on fire. Take our lives and transform them.

Take our church and resurrect it with your life-giving Spirit.

Take our gifts and use them to fulfill your vision of peace and unity. Amen.

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.


It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


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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.


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COMMUNION HYMN When Peace like a River ELW 785

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The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in God’s grace. Amen.


Let us pray.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for this meal of remembrance;

And for coming to us at this table in the Spirit’s power.

May the love we find be reflected in our lives;

May the power we receive make us peacemakers and healers;

And may the Spirit who fills us lead us to proclaim God’s reign. Amen.

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.

SENDING HYMN My Life Flows On in Endless Song ELW 763

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Go in peace. You are the body of Christ in the world! Thanks be to God!

POSTLUDE Magnificat in G Major Op. 41, No. 2 Alexandre Guilmant Yeon Soh, organ

Thank you to those who helped with worship today…

Worship Assistant Randy K

Lector Pat F

Communion Presenters David & Janet G

Ushers Simon G & Becky N

Livestream Operator Lou B

Altar Care Holly P & 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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Liturgies Annual License #27028. New Revised Standard Version Bible, ©1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Communion liturgy adapted from Oremus.com and Rev. Dr. Phillipa Horrex. Call to worship from the RevGalBlogPals website: https://revgalblogpals.org/ CCLI#1313879. OneLicense # A-716488

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