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Worship – July 22, 2012

Worship on the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – July 22, 2012

Preparing and Setting the Altar

Be present among us, Lord. Fill this place with your Spirit.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Sharing our Stories


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us—sinners that we are—and hear these ours prayers:

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.

As we learn from our Lord who lived, died, and was raised for us, let us sing.


O Lord, your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

Psalm 89:1-8
I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David:
‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’”
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord ,
a God feared in the council of the holy ones, great and awesome above all that are around him?
O Lord God of hosts, who is as mighty as you, O  Lord? Your faithfulness surrounds you.
O Lord, your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens
Jeremiah 23:1-6
O Lord, your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens
Mark 6:30-44
O Lord, your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens
We Listen and Interpret Together


Our brother, St. Theophylact of Ohrid, was an 11th century Greek Orthodox archbishop who was known for his biblical commentary. He is recorded as writing the following note about tonight’s passage from Mark, “Let us also learn, when we are sent on any mission, not to go far away, and not to overstep the bounds of the office committed, but to go often to him, who sends us, and report all that we have done and taught; for we must not only teach but act.”


Prayers for OthersThe Lord’s Prayer



Tonight, we have dwelt in the presence of our Great Shepherd. Now, go from here as God’s missionary to a wandering and suffering people. Go forth and give them something to eat—something upon which they can sustain themselves as you point them to our common Father who can and will care for them. Go with confidence in God’s goodness.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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