Worship & Devotions

3rd Sunday of Pentecost

June 13, 2021

Sunday  9:00AM

The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.    



PRELUDE      My Faith Looks Up to Thee                                    arr. Paul Karvonen


P        Glory be to the Father, and to the ☩Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

           as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

C       Amen.



P        Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C       Amen.

P        If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

P        Most merciful God,

C       we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

P        Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

At this time, we ask those in-building to concentrate on the wonderful words of the hymn, quietly humming to yourself the moving words and tune. If at home watching online then sing boldly…



                        Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing         vs. 1                                   

Come, thou Found of ev’ry blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;

Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.

While they hope of endless glory fills my heart with joy and love,

Teach me ever to adore thee; may I still thy goodness prove.


P        The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

           and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C       And also with you.

KYRIE           A  - Assisting Cantor    C – Spoken by All

A       In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace from above, and for our salvation,

          let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace of the whole world. For the well-being

          of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise,

          let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C       Amen.


                          A  - Assisting Cantor    C – Spoken by All

A    Listen! You nations of the world: listen to the Word of the Lord.

       Announce it from coast to coast; declare it to distant islands.

C    The Lord who scattered Israel will gather his people again; and he

      will keep watch over them as a shepherd watches his flock.

A    Listen! You nations of the world: listen to the Word of the Lord.

      Announce it from coast to coast; declare it to distant islands.

C    With shouts of joy they will come, their faces radiantly happy,

      for the Lord is so generous to them; he showers his people with gifts.

A    Listen! You nations of the world: listen to the Word of the Lord.

      Announce it from coast to coast; declare it to distant islands.

C    Young women will dance for joy, and men young and old will make 

       merry. Like a garden refreshed by the rain, they will never be in

       want again. Break into shouts of great joy; Jacob is free again!

       Teach nations to sing the song: “The Lord has saved his people!”


P        The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.


P       Let us pray

C     O God, you are the tree of life, offering shelter to all the world. Graft us into yourself and nurture our growth, that we may bear your truth and love to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING                                                                                            Ezekiel 17: 22-24

Ezekiel wrote:

 Thus says the Lord God:
 I myself will take a sprig
  from the lofty top of a cedar;
  I will set it out.
 I will break off a tender one
  from the topmost of its young twigs;
 I myself will plant it
  on a high and lofty mountain.
 On the mountain height of Israel
  I will plant it,
 in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit,
  and become a noble cedar.
 Under it every kind of bird will live;
  in the shade of its branches will nest
  winged creatures of every kind.
 All the trees of the field shall know
  that I am the Lord.
 I bring low the high tree,
  I make high the low tree;
 I dry up the green tree
  and make the dry tree flourish.
 I the Lord have spoken;
  I will accomplish it.

L          The Word of the Lord        

C         Thanks be to God.

PSALM 92:1-4,12-15                                                        Read responsively by whole verse

It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord,

to sing praise to your name, O Most High;
      to herald your love in the morning
      and your faithfulness at night;

on the psaltery, and on the lyre,

and to the melody of the harp.
      For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord;
      and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands. 

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,

and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
      Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
      shall flourish in the courts of our God;

they shall still bear fruit in old age;

they shall be green and succulent;
      that they may show how upright the Lord is,
      my rock, in whom there is no injustice. 

SECOND READING                                                                               2 Corinthians 5: 6-10,14-17

St. Paul wrote:

            So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—or we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

             For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

         From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

L          The Word of the Lord        

C         Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION                                                                                    Trinity Choir


GOSPEL READING                                                                                               Mark 4: 26-34 

P          The Holy Gospel according to the 4th chapter of St. Mark

C         Glory to you, O Lord.

            [Jesus] said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

       He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

       With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

P        The Gospel of our Lord

C       Praise to you, O Christ.


MUSIC OF THE DAY           Beloved, God’s Chosen          sung by Abby Shermeyer



P        Living together in trust and hope we confess our faith.

C        I believe in God, the Father almighty,

               creator of heaven and earth.

          I believe in Jesus Christ,

             his only Son, our Lord.

             He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                    and born of the virgin Mary.

             He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                    was crucified, died, and was buried.
            He descended into hell.
            On the third day he rose again.
            He ascended into heaven, and is seated

                    at the right hand of the Father.
            He will come again to judge

                   the living and the dead.

         I believe in the Holy Spirit,

             the holy catholic Church,

             the communion of saints,

             the forgiveness of sins,
             the resurrection of the body,

             and the life everlasting. Amen.


P        The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C       And also with you.


P      Called together in the name of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, let us pray giving thanks and seeking the Lord’s blessings on all in need.

A brief silence.

P      Holy God, you plant the seeds of faith amongst all peoples. Enliven your church, so that the good news of your grace may root and grow through us to our communities, to the nation, and to all the world. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

P      Lord and Judge of nations, we pray for our leaders and those in power. Grant them the ability to regard those under their charge with humility, give them wisdom to make fair decisions, and empower them to dedicate their lives in service to others. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

P      God our comforter and healer, you show compassion to those in need and provide relief to those who call on you. Bless all who suffer, those trapped in cycles of poverty and homelessness, hunger and despression. Be with those who struggle in sickness, the hospitalized, the homebound, the forgotten and all those we lift up to you now… Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

P      God Almighty, this house of worship belongs to you. We are your servants gathered together to give you praise and thanksgiving. Guide us as your church to do the will and work that you would have us do. Renew us this day to be about your glory in all ways. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

P          Eternal God, we give thanks for all the saints in faith, those who have laid the foundation so that we may worship you and for all those who are now at home with you in your everlasting care. Grant that peace to be with all those who mourn this day and help us look forward to that day when we are reunited in your new creation. Lord, in your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P        We commend these and all our prayers to you, O God. And now filled with the Holy Spirit and joined together as one Holy Church we pray the words our Lord, Jesus Christ taught us to pray.



C       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

At this time, we ask those in-building to concentrate on the wonderful words of the hymn, quietly humming to yourself the moving words and tune. If at home watching online then sing boldly…


God of the Fertile Fields     vs. 1 & 4

God of the fertile fields, shaper of earth that yields

our daily bread: forth from your bounteous hand

come gifts your love has planned,

that all in ev’ry land be clothed and fed

God of the countryside, dear to the Christ who died

to make us one; we pledge our loves

anew in faithful love to you.

guide all we say and do Your will be done.


P          The Lord be with you.

C         And also with you.

P          Lift up your hearts.

C         We lift them to the Lord.

P          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C         It is right to give him thanks and praise.


P       It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer  thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we glorify your name and join their unending praise:

SANCTUS                                                                                                                Trinity Choir


P          In the night in which he was betrayed,

               our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

               broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

               Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

               Do this for the remembrance of me.

            Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

               and gave it for all to drink, saying:

               This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

               shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness

               of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.


P          Let us pray,

C         O Lord, Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have strengthened our hearts through this feast of life and salvation. Shine the light of Christ on our path, that we may do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you, now and forever. Amen.

LAMB OF GOD                                                                                                        Trinity Choir


P          Receiving the Lamb of God,

            may you go in peace sharing the Good News.

C         Thanks be to God! 


POSTLUDE             Come, Thou Almighty King                                            arr. Mark Hayes

Music of the Day and other special music was pre-recorded.

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Serving in Worship Today:

Holy Spirit Witnesses                          Faithful members of St. Mark

Minister                                                 Pastor Kirk Griffin

CPIC                                                       Pat Keefer

Lector                                                    Pat Keefer

Organist                                                Martha Lobaugh

Videographer                                      Michael Lobaugh  

St. Mark Church Staff:

Pastor: Rev. Kirk Griffin

Office Coordinator: Alison Peterson

Director of Music: Melinda Elnaggar

Organist: Martha Lobaugh

Sexton: Wally Rodenhaber

Housekeeper: Dale Dull

Preschool Director: Allison Wentz

Financial Secretary: Cara Lynn Clabaugh

Congregation Council:  President Hollis Long, Vice-President Pat Keefer, Secretary Linda Bolin, Treasurer Jeff Kindschuh, Mary Berry, Karen Feeser,  Kathy Gates, Patricia Hagarman,  Tom Long, Maria Martin, Lynn Peterson.