Worship in the Home: June 6, 2021

Posted on June 1, 2021 by ELCA Worship

Worship in the Home

Second Sunday after Pentecost
Lectionary 10, Year B
June 6, 2021

In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While you cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. We offer this brief resource as an aid for prayer in the home. As with our prayers in the gathered assembly for worship, you are encouraged to prepare or adapt them locally for your context.

Find a peaceful place to pray, perhaps a table. You may wish to light a candle and place a bowl of water in remembrance of your baptism. One person may lead this acclamation and then pray the Prayer of the Day.


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

Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

All-powerful God, in Jesus Christ you turned death into life and defeat into victory. Increase our faith and trust in him, that we may triumph over all evil in the strength of the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Then the readings for this day may be read, as follows:

First Reading: Genesis 3:8-15

8The man and the woman 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.” 11The LORD God 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.”

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


The Psalm may be sung or read in response to the First Reading.

Psalm 130

1Out | of the depths
I cry to | you, O Lord;
2O LORD, | hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my | supplication.
3If you were to keep watch | over sins,
O LORD, | who could stand?
4Yet with you | is forgiveness,
in order that you | may be feared.
5I wait for you, O LORD; | my soul waits;
in your word | is my hope.
6My soul waits for the LORD more than those who keep watch | for the morning,
more than those who keep watch | for the morning.
7O Israel, wait for the LORD, for with the LORD there is | steadfast love;
with the LORD there is plen- | teous redemption.
8For the LORD shall | redeem Israel
from | all their sins.


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.

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


Gospel: Mark 3:20-35

The holy gospel according to 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 Jesus called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a dominion is divided against itself, that dominion 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, Satan cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 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. 28Truly 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.



Having read these readings, think on this:

We all are the woman and the man in the old legend about the beginning of sin: we are afraid; we blame each other; we blame the serpent; we blame even God. Evil is very real and we find ourselves trapped in its strong house. But Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit, can pull us out of that house. Though he is mocked by others, even by his own family, and though he is finally killed, by his cross he plunders the house of evil. The grace of God in his death and resurrection makes of us a new and eternal house, a place of thanksgiving. When we hear the scriptures today, we are with Jesus in his house. He calls us his new family. We will see that house when, at last, we are able to gather with others around word and sacrament. Formed by his word and formed by that gathering with him, we turn to do the will of God in loving our neighbors.


If you have a hymnal, you may now sing or read “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 503, 504, 505), “I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 860). Selected hymns are provided below for those without a hymnal at home.

I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me


Then pray these intercessions:

Let us come before God in prayer, responding to each petition with words from today’s psalm, “We cry to you, O Lord.”

A brief silence.

O God, on this Sunday we ask you to sustain believers around the world. Give wisdom to pastors, musicians, and church committees as they make plans for their summer worship.

A brief silence.

For the church we pray:
We cry to you, O Lord.

On this National Animal Rights day, we ask you to safeguard animals, both wild and tame. Give them the habitat they need, and rescue all animals from abuse.

A brief silence.

For the earth we pray:
We cry to you, O Lord.

On this anniversary of D-Day, we ask you to bring an end to warfare throughout the world. Halt the violence between nations, on our streets, and inside our homes. Heal the wounds of prejudice, and embolden all who strive for peace.

A brief silence.

For the nations we pray:
We cry to you, O Lord.

During this month of many weddings, we ask you to bless all marriages. Nourish the fidelity of partners for one another, and be yourself a companion to those who live alone.

A brief silence.

For home life we pray:
We cry to you, O Lord.

On this National Cancer Survivors Day, we ask you to strengthen both those who are recovering from disease and those who now face death. Bring healing to humanity as it struggles against the coronavirus.

A brief silence.

For recovery from illness we pray:
We cry to you, O Lord.

Always we ask you to comfort all who suffer and to heal the sick. Provide care for all persons afflicted with mental illness, and sustain their families. Visit those whose pain is hidden from us and those we name here before you: . . .

A brief silence.

For the sick we pray:
We cry to you, O Lord.

Once again we ask that you empower each of us, that we never lose heart, and that you receive our silent prayers.

A brief silence.

For ourselves we pray:
We cry to you, O Lord.

We remember with gratitude those who have lived and died in the faith, especially those we name here before you, and we ask you to welcome us with them into your eternal life.

A brief silence.

For life forevermore we pray:
We cry to you, O Lord.

Into your hands, mighty God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


If you have a hymnal, you may now sing or read “Build Us Up, Lord” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 670), “Though the Earth Shall Change(All Creation Sings 1035). Selected hymns are provided below for those without a hymnal at home.

Through the Earth Shall Change


Then conclude with these prayers:

Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

We thank you, O God, for your life-giving Word,
for calling creation into being,
declaring forgiveness from the cross,
and delivering the spirit of rebirth.
We praise you, O God, for your Word:

we praise you, O God, for your Word.

Your word is a lamp lighting our path,
a mirror reflecting our selves,
a shield providing us refuge,
a fire burning for justice and truth.
Your word is sweeter than honey:
it nourishes our bodies like milk,
it sustains your people like bread.
We receive your promises, more treasured than gold.
We bless you, O God, for your Word:

we bless you, O God, for your Word.

Open our ears to your prophets, apostles, and saints,
and to all the cries of the needy.
Breathe into your church the mighty Spirit of Christ,
that heeding your voice of beauty and power
we are strengthened to serve wherever we are called.

To you, Father, Son, and Spirit—the Source, Word, and Breath—
we offer our thanks for your life-giving Word.
We offer our thanks for your life-giving Word.



Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us:
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.


Then speak the Blessing:

Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever.


Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness;” “Gathered Chosen, God’s Creation;” “May Your Unfailing Love Be With Us.


Readings for the Week:
Monday (commemoration of Seattle, chief of the Duwamish Confederacy, 1866) Psalm 74. Tuesday Revelation 20:7-15. Wednesday (commemoration of Columba, 597; Aidan, 651; Bede, 735; renewers of the church) Luke 11:14-28. Thursday Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15. Friday (Barnabas, Apostle) Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3. Saturday Mark 4:1-20. Third Sunday after Pentecost Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17; Mark 4:26-34. Visit ELCA.org/Lectionary for a full listing of readings assigned to each day.

Daily Prayer Resources are available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions.

Due to copyright restrictions, we are only able to provide downloadable hymns that are in the public domain and selected hymns for limited use. To purchase copies of Evangelical Lutheran Worship and All Creation Sings for the home, visit the Augsburg Fortress website or call 1-800-328-4648. Selected hymns from All Creation Sings are provided for limited use.

Reflection text: Gordon Lathrop. Intercessory Prayer: Gail Ramshaw.

Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, All Creation Sings, and sundaysandseasons.com © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Readings from Readings for the Assembly © 1995, 1996, 1997 Augsburg Fortress. Citations from the Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Scripture quotations from NRSV Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, adapted and edited with permission by Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw.


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