Sixth Sunday after Pentecost –July 04, 2021

Today’s Theme for Worship: The LORD’s mercy and unfailing compassion sustain us, even though we be homeless, penniless, or grieved.


Order of Service: Service of Word and Sacrament


Opening Hymn: 226 vv 1-5 To Your Temple I Draw Near


1  To your temple I draw near; Lord, I love to worship here.

Here are sacrament and Word; Here believers meet their Lord.


2  I through Christ am reconciled; I through Christ become your child.

Abba, Father, give me grace In your courts to seek your face.


3  While your glorious praise is sung, Touch my lips, unloose my tongue,

That my joyful soul may bless Christ the Lord, my righteousness.


4  While the prayers of saints ascend, God of love, to mine attend.

Hear me, for your Spirit pleads; Hear, for Jesus intercedes.


5  While I listen to your law, Fill my soul with holy awe

Till your gospel brings to me Life and immortality.


6  While your ministers proclaim Peace and pardon in your name,

Through their voice, by faith, may I Hear you speaking from the sky.


7  From your house, when I return, May my heart within me burn,

And at evening let me say, “I have walked with God today.”


Text: James Montgomery, 1771-1854, alt.


Order of Service: Service of Word and Sacrament


P: The grace of our Lord + Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

C: And also with you.


Confession of Sins

P: God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us.

C: Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions.  I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good.  For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity.  But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray:  Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

P: God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.

C:  Amen.


Lord, Have Mercy

P: For all that we need in life and for the wisdom to use all your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C: Lord, have mer-cy.

P: For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from your love and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ.

C: Christ, have mer-cy.


P: For the well-being of your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C: Lord, have mer-cy.


P: Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by your power and keep us in your tender care:

C: A-men.


P: The works of the Lord are great and glorious; his name is worthy of praise.


O Lord, Our Lord

O Lord, our Lord, how glo-rious is your name in all the earth.

Al-might-y God, mer-ci-ful Father,

you crown our life with your love.


You take a-way our sin; you com-fort our spir-it;

you make us pure and ho-ly in your sight.

You did not spare your on-ly Son, but gave him up for us all.

O Lord, our Lord, how glo-rious is your name in all the earth.


O Son of God, e-ter-nal Word of the Fa-ther,

you came to live with us;

you made your Fa-ther known;

you washed us from our sins in your own blood.


You are the King of glo-ry; you are the Lord!

O Lord, our Lord, how glo-rious is your name in all the earth.


Prayer of the Day

P: Let us Pray.

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things that surpass our understanding. Pour into our hearts such love for you that we love you above all things, and obtain your promises which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   

C: A-men.


First Lesson: Lamentations 3:22-33
The LORD’s “compassions never fail. They are new every morning.”

22By the mercies of the Lord we are not consumed, for his compassions do not fail.

23They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.

24My soul says, “The Lord is my portion. Therefore, I will hope in him.”

25The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

26It is good to hope quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

27It is good for a man that he bears a yoke early in his life.

28Let him sit alone and be silent, because the Lord has laid this upon him.

29Let him stick his face in the dust. Perhaps there still is hope.

30Let him turn his cheek toward the one who strikes him. Let him be filled with disgrace.

31For the Lord will not push us away forever.

32Even though he brings grief, he will show compassion on the basis of his great mercy.

33Certainly, it is not what his heart desires when he causes affliction,

when he brings grief to the children of men.


Hymn: 278 Holy God, We Praise Your Name

1  Holy God, we praise your name;

Lord of all, we bow before you.

All on earth your scepter claim;

All in heav’n above adore you.

Infinite your vast domain,

Everlasting is your reign.


2  Hark! The glad celestial song

Angel choirs above are raising;

Prophets, martyrs join the throng,

In unceasing chorus praising

With the Church in one accord:

Holy, holy, holy Lord!


3  Blest Redeemer, virgin’s Son,

Over death his vict’ry claiming,

Now ascended to his throne,

Judge and king, his grace proclaiming,

Opens heav’n to all his own.

Praise and thanks to God alone!


4  Holy Father, holy Son,

Holy Spirit, three we name you;

Though in essence only one,

Undivided God we claim you,

Then, adoring, bend the knee

And confess the mystery.


Text: Katholisches Gesangbuch, Vienna, 1774, abr., adapt., st. 1-2, 4; Ruth M. Glaeske, b. 1941, st. 3; tr. Clarence A. Walworth, 1820-1900, st. 1-2, 4, alt.

St. 3 © 1993 Ruth Backer Glaeske. All rights reserved. Used with permission


Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-14

Paul points to the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave all that we might have the riches of heaven.

Now brothers, we want you to know about the grace of God that was given in the churches of Macedonia: 2In a severe test of trouble, their overflowing joy and their deep poverty overflowed into an abundance of their generosity. 3I testify that of their own free will they gave according to their ability, and even beyond their ability, 4pleading with us with an urgent request for the gracious privilege of joining in this service to the saints. 5And they did this not as we had expected, but in keeping with God’s will they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us. 6As a result we urged Titus, since he had already made a beginning, to bring to completion this gracious gift on your part. 7But just as you overflow in every way—in faith, in word, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you also overflow in this gracious gift.

8I do not say this as a command, but to test how genuine your love is, by comparing it with the eagerness of others. 9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that through his poverty you might become rich.

13Certainly, our goal is not that others take it easy while you are burdened, but that there may be equality. 14At the present time, your abundance will provide what they lack, in order that their abundance will also provide what you lack—in this way there will be equality.


Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!


Gospel Lesson: Mark 5:21-24a, 35-43

Jesus raises the daughter of Jairus from the dead.
21When Jesus had again crossed over in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him near the sea. 22Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet 23and repeatedly pleaded with him, “My little daughter is near death. Please come and place your hands on her so that she may be healed and live.”

24Jesus went with him.

35While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue ruler’s house arrived, saying, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore?”

36But when Jesus heard this report, he told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe.” 37He did not allow anyone to follow him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38They went into the house of the synagogue ruler, and Jesus saw a commotion with people weeping and wailing loudly. 39When he entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.”

40They laughed at him. But after he put everyone out, he took the father of the child, her mother, and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41Grasping the hand of the child, he said to her, “Talitha, koum!” (When translated, that means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”) 42Immediately the little girl stood up and began to walk around. (She was twelve years old.) They were completely and utterly amazed. 43Then he gave them strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and he told them to give her something to eat.


Hymn of the Day: 448 In You, O Lord, I Put  My Trust

1  In you, O Lord, I put my trust-

Leave me not helpless in the dust;

Let me not be confounded.

My faith, O Lord, Must in your Word

Be always firmly grounded.


2  Oh, listen, Lord, most graciously,

And hear my cry, my prayer, my plea;

Make haste for my protection,

For woes and fear Surround me here.

Help me in my affliction.


3  You are my strength, my shield, my rock,

My fortress that withstands each shock,

My help, my life, my tower,

My battle sword, Almighty Lord-

What can resist your power?


4  With you, O Lord, I cast my lot;

O faithful God, forsake me not,

To you my soul commending.

Lord, be my stay, And lead the way

Now and when life is ending.


5  All honor, praise, and majesty

To Father, Son, and Spirit be,

Our God forever glorious,

In whose rich grace We run our race

Till we depart victorious.


Text: Adam Reusner, 1496-c. 1575, abr.; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78, st. 1-4, alt.;

The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941, st. 5, alt.



Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.  We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church.  We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.  Amen.



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Prayer of the Church


Lord’s Prayer

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.


The Sacrament


P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.


P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them up to the Lord.


P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.


P: Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. He sends the Holy Spirit to testify that we are his children and to strengthen us when we are weak. Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ. To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever.


Holy, Holy, Holy

Ho-ly, ho-ly, ho-ly is the Lord of hosts.

The whole earth is full of your glo-ry.


You are my God, and I will ex-alt you.

I will give you thanks, for you have be-come my sal-va-tion.

Ho-ly, ho-ly, ho-ly is the Lord of hosts.

The whole earth is full of your glo-ry.


Words of Institution

P: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”


P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: A-men.


O Christ, Lamb Of God

O Christ, Lamb of God,

you take a-way the sin of the world;

have mer-cy on us.


O Christ, Lamb of God,

you take a-way the sin of the world;

have mer-cy on us.


O Christ, Lamb of God,

you take a-way the sin of the world;

grant us your peace.



Distribution Hymn: 311 Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness


1  Soul, adorn yourself with gladness; Leave behind all gloom and sadness.

Come into the daylight’s splendor; There with joy your praises render

Unto him whose grace unbounded Has this wondrous supper founded.

Though he reigns above most holy, Deigns to dwell with you most lowly.


2  Hasten as a bride to meet him, And with loving rev’rence greet him,

For with words of life immortal He is knocking at your portal.

Open wide the gates before him, Saying, as you there adore him:

Grant, Lord, that I now receive you, That I nevermore will leave you.


3  He who craves a precious treasure Neither cost nor pain will measure,

But the priceless gifts of heaven God to us has freely given.

Though the wealth of earth were proffered, Naught would buy the gifts here offered:

Christ’s true body, for you riven, And his blood, for you once given.


4  Now I kneel before you lowly, Filled with joy most deep and holy,

As with trembling awe and wonder On your mighty work I ponder,

How by mystery surrounded, Depths that no one ever sounded.

None may dare to pierce unbidden Secrets that with you are hidden.


5  Human reason, though it ponders, Cannot fathom these great wonders,

That Christ’s body must be boundless Since the souls it feeds are countless,

And that he his blood is giving With the wine we are receiving.

These great mysteries unsounded Are by God alone expounded.


6  Lord, by love and mercy driven, You have left your throne in heaven

On the cross for me to languish And to die in bitter anguish,

To forgo all joy and gladness And to shed your blood in sadness.

By this blood redeemed and living, Lord, I praise you with thanksgiving.


7  Jesus, Sun of life, my Splendor, Jesus, Friend of friends most tender,

Jesus, Joy of my desiring, Fount of life, my soul inspiring-

At your feet I cry, my Maker: Let me be a fit partaker

Of this blessed food from heaven For our good, your glory, given.


8  Jesus, Lord of life, I pray you, Let me gladly here obey you.

By your love I am invited; Be your love with love requited.

By this supper let me measure, Lord, how vast and deep love’s treasure.

Through the gift of grace you give me As your guest in heav’n receive me.


Text: Johann Franck, 1618-77, abr.; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78, st. 1-2, 4, alt.;

The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941, st. 3, 5-6, alt.


Thank the Lord

Thank the Lord and sing his praise.

Tell ev-'ry-one what he has done.


Let all who seek the Lord re-joice

And proud-ly bear his name.


He re-news his prom-is-es and leads his peo-ple forth

in joy with shouts of thanks-giv-ing.


Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia!



P: Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: A-men.




M: Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another.  Serve the Lord with gladness.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

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

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

C: (sing) Amen. Amen. Amen.


Closing Hymn: 618  Before the Lord We Bow


1  Before the Lord we bow, The God who reigns above

And rules the world below In boundless pow’r and love.

Our thanks we bring; In joy and praise

Our hearts we raise To heav’n’s high King.


2  The nation you have blessed May well your love declare,

From foes and fears at rest, Protected by your care.

For this fair land, For this bright day

Our thanks we pay-Gifts of your hand.


3  May ev’ry mountain height, Each vale and forest green,

Shine in your Word’s pure light And its rich fruits be seen!

May ev’ry tongue Be tuned to praise

And join to raise A grateful song!


4  Earth, hear your Maker’s voice; Your great Redeemer own.

Believe, obey, rejoice, And worship him alone.

Cast down your pride! Your sin deplore

And bow before The Crucified!


5  And when in pow’r he comes, Oh, may our native land

From all its rending tombs Send forth a glorious band,

A countless throng, And, joyful, sing

To heav’n’s high King Salvation’s song!


Text: Francis Scott Key, 1779-1843, alt.