Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – 24 Jun – Mark 4:35-41 ~ Lord, help us!

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Sovereign God – you created heaven and earth and reign supreme over all. And, in your Son, Jesus Christ, you showed us how to live by faith without fear. Increase our faith in him that we may perfectly serve you and worthily glorify your name, we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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“Sing to the Lord” – Hebrew Christian Song (Psalms 95)


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Gospel Reading: Mark 4:35-41 (NLT)

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
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Prayers of Intercession:

Good and Faithful God: your loving-kindness endures forever. Hear the cries of our hearts in this our time of trouble and distress –

+ For your people who are suffering persecution – redeem us from our enemies…. Lord, help!
+ For your people who have been exiled to foreign lands – bring us safely home…. Lord, help!
+ For your people who are lost and homeless – rescue us and lead us to safety…. Lord, help!
+ For your people who are hungry and thirsty – satisfy us and provide for us…. Lord, help!
+ For your people imprisoned by misery – snap our chains and give us hope…. Lord, help!
+ For your people suffering because of their sins – have mercy on us and relieve our stress…. Lord, help!
+ For your people who are at death’s door – speak life into us and heal us…. Lord, help!
+ For your people who are at wit’s end – still the storms within us and strengthen our faith…. Lord, help!

Good and Faithful God: your loving-kindness endures forever. Thank you for reaching out to us in our distress; and thank you for all the wonderful things you have done for us. Hear now these cries for help, we ask in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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“Hear Us From Heaven” – New Life Worship


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Blessing – 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 (NLT)

God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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