Sunday, June 6, 2021

The Holy Communion on the Second Sunday after Pentecost, 9:30 a.m.

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June 6, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

The Second Sunday after Pentecost



Christ raises Adam and Eve from the dead

(traditional Resurrection icon)




The color green, used for the vestments and paraments for the Sundays after Pentecost, represents growth and life in the Holy Spirit.


FIRST READING: In Genesis 3, we see God speaking to the serpent, laying down consequences for his rebellion against God and seduction of humans. The serpent and the offspring of the woman will constantly be at odds. The specifics of the rivalry can be taken in a literal sense: to explain the perennial battle between snake and man. However, in the ‘typological’ method of interpretation (in which a lesser thing is a ‘type’ or ‘copy’ of a greater thing), the early Church understood the ‘offspring of the woman’ to be Christ. The tempter will ‘strike his heel’ (the Crucifixion) but the Son will crush his head (the victory over sin, death and the devil in the Resurrection).


SECOND READING: Paul meditates upon the meaning of the afflictions he and his companions are suffering. He explains that they view these (unspecified) sufferings as both necessary for the spread of the Gospel and preparation for the experience of the glory of God, which now cannot be seen but only believed in faith. In the resurrection of the dead to eternal life, all will be fulfilled.


GOSPEL: Jesus’ image of ‘a house divided’ has resonated through our nation’s history – Abraham Lincoln’s warning before the Civil War has been a watchword for Americans who point to the need for national unity. However, the need for a family, a group, or a nation to maintain its unity is not the point for Jesus. Rather, he is making clear the absurdity of his opponents’ accusation: ‘He casts out demons by the prince of demons.’ His is no satanic civil war: rather, God’s Son Jesus is victorious over the evil powers. He is robbing Satan of his prey, rescuing God’s people from their bondage. Those who accuse Jesus of evil are ‘sinning against the Holy Spirit,’ which is to call God’s work evil. Those whom Jesus frees from Satan now belong to his own family: God’s family.



OPENING MUSIC                                                              Rise, Shine, You People!

David P. Dahl




In the name of the Father, and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



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.



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 for reflection and self-examination.


Most merciful God,

  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


Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his

sake, 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 X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.







I will go to the altar of God,

  to the God of my joy and gladness.                                        Psalm 43:4a


X HYMN                                                                               Rise, Shine, You People!

Stanza One, Cantor; Stanza Two, ALL; Stanza Three, Pastor;

Stanza Four, ALL

1      Rise, shine, you people! Christ the Lord has entered

        our human story; God in him is centered.

        He comes to us, by death and sin surrounded,

        with grace unbounded.


2      See how he sends the pow’rs of evil reeling;

        he brings us freedom, light and life and healing.

        All men and women, who by guilt are driven,

        now are forgiven.


3      Come, celebrate; your banners high unfurling,

        your songs and prayers against the darkness hurling.

        To all the world go out and tell the story

        of Jesus’ glory.


4      Tell how the Father sent his Son to save us.

        Tell of the Son, who life and freedom gave us.

        Tell how the Spirit calls from ev’ry nation

        his new creation.


Text: Ronald A. Klug, b. 1939, alt.

© 1974 Augsburg Publishing House, admin. Augsburg Fortress






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.




God, our redeemer,

in Jesus, your promised Messiah,

you crushed the power of Satan.

  Sustain your Church in the struggle against evil,

  that, hearing your word and doing your will,

  we may be fashioned into a household of true disciples,

  who share in the victory of the cross.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

God for ever and ever.




A crowd was sitting around [Jesus],

and he was speaking the Word to them.                                        Mark 3:32, 2:2c

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.



First READING                                                                             Genesis 3:8-15


8[Adam and Eve] heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.9But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” 13Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” 14The Lord God said to the serpent,
 “Because you have done this,
  cursed are you among all animals
  and among all wild creatures;

 upon your belly you shall go,

  and dust you shall eat
  all the days of your life.

15I will put enmity between you and the woman,
  and between your offspring and hers;
 he will strike your head,
  and you will strike his heel.”


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                  

  Thanks be to God.



Sung responsively between pastor and congregation.


1 Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord; Lord, | hear my voice;*

                let your ears consider well the voice of my | supplication.

2 If you, Lord, were to note what is | done amiss,*

                O Lord, | who could stand?

3 For there is forgive- | ness with you;*

                therefore you | shall be feared.

4 I wait for the Lord; my soul | waits for him;*

                in his word | is my hope.

5 My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen | for the morning,*

                more than watchmen | for the morning.

6 O Israel, wait | for the Lord,*

                for with the Lord | there is mercy;

7 with him there is plen- | teous redemption,*

                and he shall redeem Israel from | all their sins.                           R



SECOND READING                                            2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1


13Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—”I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
16So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
5:1For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.


The Word of the Lord.                                                            Thanks be to God.




2 Corinthians 5:19                                                            Setting by Paul Bouman

Sung by the Cantor                             

Alleluia. God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and entrusting us with the message of reconciliation.  Alleluia.




Gospel                                                                                             Mark 3:20-35


The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


[Jesus went home;] 20and the crowd came together again, so that [Jesus and the disciples] could not even eat. 21When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 23And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

 28“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—30for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
31Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 33And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”


The Gospel of the Lord.                                

  Praise to you, O Christ.






HYMN OF THE DAY                                            A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

Stanza One, ALL; Stanza Two, Pastor; Stanzas Three and Four, ALL

1      A mighty fortress is our God,

        a sword and shield victorious;

        he breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod

        and wins salvation glorious.

        The old evil foe,

        sworn to work us woe,

        with dread craft and might

        he arms himself to fight.

        On earth he has no equal.


2      No strength of ours can match his might!

        We would be lost, rejected.

        But now a champion comes to fight,

        whom God himself elected.

        Ask who this may be:

        Lord of hosts is he!

        Jesus Christ, our Lord,

        God’s only Son, adored.

        He holds the field victorious.


3      Though hordes of devils fill the land

        all threat’ning to devour us,

        we tremble not, unmoved we stand;

        they cannot overpow’r us.

        This world’s prince may rage,

        in fierce war engage.

        He is doomed to fail;

        God’s judgment must prevail!

        One little word subdues him.


4      God’s Word forever shall abide,

        no thanks to foes, who fear it;

        for God himself fights by our side

        with weapons of the Spirit.

        If they take our house,

        goods, fame, child, or spouse,

        wrench our life away,

        they cannot win the day.

        The kingdom’s ours forever!


Text: Martin Luther, 1483-1546; tr. Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978

© 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress


The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church in the words of the Apostles’ Creed.



                I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                                creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                and born of the virgin Mary.

                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                                was crucified, died, and was buried.

                He descended into hell.

                On the third day he rose again.

                He ascended into heaven,

                                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                He will come again 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



Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.


A brief silence


Father, by his works of healing and exorcism your Son foreshadowed his death and resurrection, in which he crushed sin, death and evil forever. Make us, who are freed by his blood, to rejoice and give thanks for his mighty acts.  Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Be with and among those you have brought into your family to do your will, especially this faith family gathered here. In our afflictions, help us not to lose heart, and to look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Be with and among the faculty, staff and students of the North American Lutheran Seminary and Trinity School for Ministry, that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Inspire all who make, administer, and judge our laws to love freedom, justice and peace.  Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Bring peace to our world; comfort all who mourn; lift up those who live in poverty and fear; protect all who are threatened by violence and terror, sustain those who are persecuted for your name; and heal those who suffer illness of body, mind or spirit, especially these whom we name before you:


The pastor reads the names submitted for prayer.

The people are invited to offer spoken or silent petitions.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Keep us in communion with those who have gone before us, especially those dear to us who enjoy the fullness of your Son’s victory. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.




The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you.


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.





OFFERTORY  Acts 2:42, 46                 Setting by Randall Sensmeier

Sung by the Cantor

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and the prayers. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts.



As the grain once scattered in the fields

and the grapes once dispersed on the hillside

are now reunited on this table in bread and wine,

so, Lord, may your whole Church be gathered together

from the corners of the earth into your kingdom.





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 him thanks and praise. 

  It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord.

  It is he who breaks the ancient bondage to sin and evil and by the power of the Spirit gathers from all the peoples of the earth a new family to do your will and to proclaim your glory.

 And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 Holy, holy, holy Lord,

Lord God of power and might, 

Heaven and earth are full of your glory!

Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest!


You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God;

                you are most holy, and great is the majesty of your glory.

You so loved the world that you gave your only Son,

                that whoever believes in him may not perish

 but have eternal life.

Having come into the world, he fulfilled for us your holy will

                and accomplished our salvation.


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.

Remembering, therefore, his salutary command,

                his life-giving Passion and death,

                his glorious resurrection and ascension,

and his promise to come again,

                we give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

                not as we ought, but as we are able;

and we implore you mercifully to accept our praise and thanksgiving, and, with your Word and Holy Spirit,

to bless us, your servants,

                and these your own gifts of bread and wine;

that we and all who share in the body and blood of your Son may be filled with heavenly peace and joy,

                and, receiving the forgiveness of sin,

may be sanctified in soul and body,

                and have our portion with all your saints.


All honor and glory are yours, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

                in your holy Church, now and forever.



Christ is in our midst.

By the power of the Spirit,

we pray to his Father, saying:


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


With the LORD there is plenteous redemption;

  He has redeemed us from all our sins.                                           Psalm 130:7


AGNUS DEI (Lamb of God)          

 Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb off God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.



Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.


They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


The communicants will be invited forward one family unit at a time. Please do not come forward until the pastor directs you to come forward, do not approach all the way to the table until the pastor has retreated.


 When the pastor says ‘The body of Christ, given for you,’ eat the bread. When the pastor says, ‘The blood of Christ, shed for you,’ drink the wine.  Please take the plate and the glass(es) and place them on the table that is indicated.


 Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.

Now We Join in Celebration


1      Now we join in celebration

        at our Savior's invitation,

        dressed no more in spirit somber,

        clothed instead in joy and wonder;

        for the Lord of all existence,

        putting off divine transcendence,

        stoops again in love to meet us,

        with his very life to feed us.


2      Lord, as round this feast we gather,

        fill our hearts with holy rapture!

        For this bread and cup of blessing

        are for us the sure possessing

        of your loving deed on Calv'ry,

        of your living self, our vict'ry,

        pledge of your unfailing presence,

        foretaste here of heav'nly gladness.


3      Lord, we share in this communion

        as one fam'ly of God's children,

        reconciled through you, our brother,

        one in you with God our Father.

        Give us grace to live for others,

        serving all, both friends and strangers,

        seeking justice, love, and mercy

        till you come in final glory.


Text: Joel W. Lundeen

Text © Joel W. Lundeen, admin. Augsburg Fortress.

After all have returned to their places, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.



 Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;

your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen

Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of those 

whom you have fed with one heavenly food, through Jesus Christ our Lord.





The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you.

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




Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                                        

  Thanks be to God!




Sun/ June 6         WORSHIP 9:30 AM

                                Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM

                                Food Bank

Sat/ June 12         NA Meeting 11 AM

                                SATURDAY EVENING WORSHIP 6:30 PM

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