Worship in the Home: June 27, 2021

Posted on June 22, 2021 by ELCA Worship

Worship in the Home

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Lectionary 13, Year B
June 27, 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.
Amen.

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

Almighty and merciful God, we implore you to hear the prayers of your people. Be our strong defense against all harm and danger, that we may live and grow in faith and hope, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

 

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

First Reading: Lamentations 3:22-33

22The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
the mercies of God never come to an end;
23they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore in the Lord I will hope.”

25The LORD is good to those who are patient,
to the soul that seeks after God.
26It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
27It is good for a warrior to bear
the yoke in youth,
28to sit alone in silence
when the Lord has imposed it,
29to put his mouth to the dust
(there may yet be hope),
30to give his cheek to the smiter,
and be filled with insults.

31For the Lord will not
reject forever.
32Although causing grief, the Lord will have compassion
out of an abundance of steadfast love;
33for the LORD does not willingly afflict
or grieve anyone.

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

 

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

Psalm 30

1I will exalt you, O LORD, because you have lift- | ed me up
and have not let my enemies triumph | over me.
2O LORD my God, I cried | out to you,
and you restored | me to health.
3You brought me up, O LORD, | from the dead;
you restored my life as I was going down | to the grave.
4Sing praise to the LORD, | all you faithful;
give thanks in ho- | ly remembrance.
5God’s wrath is short; God’s favor | lasts a lifetime.
Weeping spends the night, but joy comes | in the morning.
6While I felt se- | cure, I said,
“I shall never | be disturbed.
7You, LORD, with your favor, made me as strong | as the mountains.”
Then you hid your face, and I was | filled with fear.
8I cried to | you, O LORD;
I pleaded with | my Lord, saying,
9“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down | to the pit?
Will the dust praise you or de- | clare your faithfulness?
10Hear, O LORD, and have mer- | cy upon me;
O LORD, | be my helper.”
11You have turned my wailing | into dancing;
you have put off my sackcloth and clothed | me with joy.
12Therefore my heart sings to you | without ceasing;
O LORD my God, I will give you | thanks forever.

 

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

7Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.

8I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. 9For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something—11now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. 12For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. 13I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between 14your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. 15As it is written,
“The one who had much did not have too much,
and the one who had little did not have too little.”

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

 

Gospel: Mark 5:21-43

The holy gospel according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.

21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw Jesus, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24So Jesus went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32Jesus looked all around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

35While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” 36But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37Jesus allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41Jesus took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” 42And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43Jesus strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Reflection

Having read these readings, think on this:

The Gospel according to Mark continues to be the book of secret epiphanies. We see God’s life-giving presence revealed, but in what seem to be secret places. Hidden in a fleeting touch amid a crushing crowd, locked away in room with only a few other people, and concealed by Jesus’ own command to tell no one, we see God’s power to heal and to raise the dead—the very steadfast love of the Lord that never ceases. Just so, the hope for life was hidden in the cross. Also at the cross, Jesus was mocked. Also in his death by crucifixion, Jesus was made unclean. But this hidden one is now raised from the dead himself: present to our assemblies and present in our open reading of these stories. We all are the hemorrhaging woman. We all are the dead girl and the grieving parents. He calls our assemblies to attend to the suffering of women and to respect any whom society marginalizes, just as he did. By the power of the Spirit in the eucharist we all together are given something to eat, food for life. Out of the poverty of Jesus comes our enrichment with a wealth that may now flow from us to others who have been waiting in silence with their bleeding needs.

 

If you have a hymnal, you may now sing or read “We Come to You for Healing, Lord” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 617), Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 886). Selected hymns are provided below for those without a hymnal at home.

Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

 

Then pray these intercessions:

Here at the end of June let us pray for the needs of the world, responding to each petition with an echo of today’s psalm, “We cry out to you.”

A brief silence.

O God, for the church around the world we pray, for congregations without pastoral leadership, for troubled denominations, for Christians facing persecution, and for our own assembly:

A brief silence.

Mighty God,
we cry out to you.

For your earth we pray, for lands suffering under excessive heat, for waters rising along coastlines, for animals deprived of habitats, and for our own green spaces:

A brief silence.

Benevolent God,
we cry out to you.

For the nations we pray, that governments learn the ways of peace and cooperation, that the poor receive food and shelter and respect, that gun violence and all prejudices come to an end:

A brief silence.

Righteous God,
we cry out to you.

For the hungry we pray, for starving children, for relief agencies, for the end to famine, and for an increase in generosity among us all:

A brief silence.

Merciful God,
we cry out to you.

For the sick and afflicted we pray, for children who are at the point of death, for women who endure hemorrhaging, for persons who receive no relief from physicians, for everyone who will contract COVID-19, and for those we name here before you. . .

A brief silence.

Compassionate God,
we cry out to you.

For ourselves we pray, that we live in the peace of Christ, and that you receive our private pleas:

A longer time of silence.

Faithful God,
we cry out to you.

We give thanks for all the faithful  who have lived and died in the faith, especially those who identify as LGBTQIA+. We remember before you especially Cyril of Alexandria and all theologians whose ministry has shaped the church, and we pray that at the end all your people will meet in the joy of your presence.

A brief silence.

Eternal God,
we cry out to you.

Into your hands, today and forever, we commit for all whom we pray, trusting in the grace made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

 

If you have a hymnal, you may now sing or read “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 733), I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me(Evangelical Lutheran Worship 860), “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 858). Selected hymns are provided below for those without a hymnal at home.

I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

 

Then conclude with these prayers:

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

Holy God, our Maker, our Healer, our Teacher,
your magnificent creation springs forth from your Word.
All that has life and breath praises your name.
For your Word that sustains the earth, we thank you, O God.
We thank you, O God.

You sent us Jesus, your Word, to renew the world.
He healed the sick, fed the hungry,
preached your mercy, and called us to faith.
For your Word in our Lord Christ, we praise you, O God.
We praise you, O God.

Nourish us with the Spirit of your Word,
that we may grow in grace, bearing the fruits of redemption,
and sharing your strength and beauty with all the world.
For your Word in our lives, we entreat you, O God.
We entreat you, O God.

Accept our thanksgiving and receive our prayer,
for the sake of your living Word, Jesus our Savior.
Amen.

 

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.
Amen.

 

Then speak the Blessing:

The blessing of God,
who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us,
+ be upon you now and forever.
Amen.

 

Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress: “Lord of Our Life;” “When to Our World the Savior Comes;” “Over My Head.”

 

Readings for the Week:
Monday (commemoration of Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, c. 202) Psalm 88. Tuesday (Peter and Paul, Apostles) John 21:15-19. Wednesday 2 Kings 20:1-11. Thursday (commemoration of Catherine Winkworth, 1878; John Mason Neale, 1866; hymn translators) Psalm 123. Friday 2 Corinthians 10:7-11. Saturday (Thomas, Apostle) John 14:1-7. Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Ezekiel 2:1-5; Psalm 123; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13.

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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