Worship in the Home: June 20, 2021

Posted on June 15, 2021 by ELCA Worship

Worship in the Home

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Lectionary 12, Year B
June 20, 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.

As part of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members adopted a resolution designating June 17 as a commemoration of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9—the nine people shot and killed on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Materials for the commemoration of the Emanuel Nine (June 17) can be found at www.ELCA.org/EmanuelNine.

Saturday, June 19 is designated as Juneteenth. This day marks the day in 1865 that General Order No. 3 was read confirming emancipation to the last of those enslaved in the United States following President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation in 1963. Worship resources for Juneteenth can be found Worship resources: Juneteenth.

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.

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.


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

First Reading: Job 38:1-11

1The LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:
2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3Brace yourself like a warrior,
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.


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

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

1Give thanks to the LORD, for the | LORD is good,
for God’s mercy en- | dures 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!


Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13

1As we work together with God, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For God says,
“At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have helped you.”
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

11We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.

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


Gospel: Mark 4:35-41

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 Jesus 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?” 39Jesus 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.



Having read these readings, think on this:

Let the storm at sea stand for all that threatens life, for evil and for death. Today’s readings are full of such threats. Paul’s life has been marked by afflictions, some of which sound familiar to us: hardships, calamities, riots, sleepless nights. The whole book of Job tells the story of a man of suffering whose very life cries out to God. And the disciples in the boat are afraid, complaining to Jesus. We are in the same boat and we too are often afraid. At first Jesus seems to be quite hidden, asleep, silent. But then, with the disciples, we discover that all the power of God to create and hold all things, the very power that answered Job by appearing in the whirlwind, is found in Jesus Christ. Just so, in Mark Jesus seems to be hidden in suffering on the cross. But now is the day of salvation. By the power of the Spirit, the risen one is with us in our reading of the scriptures and in our keeping of his meal. In that presence, God says to all that threatens life, “Thus far and no farther!”  Opening our hearts wide to that word we also open our hearts wide to our neighbors’ need. With Paul, we are dying, and see—we are alive!


If you have a hymnal, you may now sing or read “My Life Flows On in Endless Song” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 763), Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 755). Selected hymns are provided below for those without a hymnal at home.

My Life Flows On in Endless Song

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me


Then pray these intercessions:

We join together in prayer before God, responding to each petition with words from today’s psalm, “Your mercy endures forever.”

A brief silence.

O God of our salvation, we praise you for your continual mercy to the church. Hold the ark of the church in your loving hand, give our leaders endurance through all manner of hardship, and guide us in the way that we should go.

A brief silence.

O Lord of our life, receive our prayers:
Your mercy endures forever.

At this time of the summer solstice, we praise you for the magnificence of nature. Hold the cosmos in your loving hand. Inspire us to care for your wonderful works seen in ocean deeps, in lakes, in rivers, and in wells.

A brief silence.

O Star of our night, receive our prayers:
Your mercy endures forever.

We praise you for the good that we receive in this nation. Purge from us prejudice against those who differ from us in any way. On this World Refugee Day, we pray that refugees travel in safety and reach the promise of a better life for their families.

A brief silence.

O Hope of every nation, receive our prayers:
Your mercy endures forever.

We praise you for gladsome opportunities to travel on rivers, lakes, and seas. Protect all who sail on your waters, and keep coastal dwellers safe from tempests and rising sea levels.

A brief silence.

Wondrous Sovereign of the seas, receive our prayers:
Your mercy endures forever.

We praise you for the loving support of fathers to their children. Bless fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, godfathers, and all of each gender who give fatherly care. Comfort those who grieve because they cannot father a child. Wherever children are deprived of fathers, provide responsible and affectionate care.

A brief silence.

Eternal Father, strong to save, receive our prayers:
Your mercy endures forever.

We praise you for the lessening of the pandemic, and we pray for all around the globe who continue to face the coronavirus. Open wide our hearts to all who suffer. Send healing to any who are sick, especially those we name here before you. . . .

A brief silence.

Rock of ages, receive our prayers:
Your mercy endures forever.

We praise you for yet another Sunday, for another week before us. In all our doings, lead us and guide us, and mercifully accept our personal petitions.

A longer period of silence.

Jesus, Savior, pilot me, and receive my prayers:
Your mercy endures forever.

We praise you for all who died in the faith, especially the Emanuel Nine whose martyrdom we have commemorated this week, and those we name here before you. . . . We ask that at our end you unite us with all saints into your presence.

A brief silence.

O Harbor in every storm, receive our prayers:
Your mercy endures forever.

We praise you for your steadfast love, and we lift our prayers to you, O God, trusting in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


If you have a hymnal, you may now sing or read “When Peace Like a River” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 785), O God, Our Help in Ages Past” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 632), “Calm to the Waves” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 794). Selected hymns are provided below for those without a hymnal at home.

When Peace, like a River

O God, Our Help in Ages Past


Then conclude with these prayers:

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

O Holy One of wisdom, throughout human history and today among us here, you call us to walk the paths of justice and peace. We praise you, O God of truth, for your precious words. Grant that sheltered under their richness as under the tree of life, we live in gratitude and faithfulness, through Jesus Christ, your Word and our Wisdom, now and forever.

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:

The blessing of God,
who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us,
+ be upon you 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: “I Sing the Love that Dreamed Creation;” “I Look to Thee in Every Need;” “It Is Well with My Soul.”


Readings for the Week:
Monday (commemoration of Onesimos Nesib, translator, evangelist, 1931) Psalm 65. Tuesday Exodus 9:13-35. Wednesday Mark 6:45-52. Thursday (John the Baptist) Luke 1:57-67 [68-80]. Friday (commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, 1530; Philipp Melanchthon, renewer of the church, 1560) 2 Corinthians 8:1-7. Saturday Lamentations 2:18-22. Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (commemoration of Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, 444) Lamentations 3:22-33 or Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43.

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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