Worship God,
Grow in Faith,
Share the Gospel,
Serve Others,
Welcome All.
Thanks be to God!

ICYMI Worship, 6/24/18: Thin Places

Welcome to ICYMI Worship!  ICYMI stands for In Case You Missed It; our ICYMI series gives a brief snapshot of worship each week so that you can worship in your home, on the road, or wherever life takes you.

At Cross of Christ, our basic worship order is based on worship patterns from Hebrew traditions and biblical accounts of the earliest Christians:

We GATHER with songs and prayer,

We HEAR God’s word,

We SHARE a meal of bread and wine,
We are SENT into the world to love and serve.

Let us know how this format works for you.


Today is the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.


 

GATHERING LITANY

I am bending my knee
in the Eye of the Father, who created me,
in the Eye of the Son, who purchased me,
in the Eye of the Spirit, who cleansed me.

By your own Anointed One, O God,
bestow upon us fullness in our need.
Love towards God, the affection of God, the smile of God,
the wisdom of God, the grace of God, the fear of God,
and the will of God to do on the world of the Three
as angels and saints do in heaven;
each shade and light, each day and night,
each time in kindness, give us your Spirit.

 

Our Gathering song is “Morning Has Broken” (ELW 556)

Prayer of the Day

O Lord,
The safe light falls, heralding a new day
The warm blush carries your everlasting promise
We soak in the grace you give
At the dawn of each morning.
With the sun, hope also rises
To cast light into the darkness.
Sweet songs flow from skies
Emerging in the hazy glow.
Sounds of comfort
That lead us to wonder again at the beauty all around.
A taste of Heaven is poured into each new dawn.
We are reminded of new birth,
Of your redeeming love
And with this wake up call,
Each and everyone can trust in
The promise of eternity
And carry its gentle presence into
The day anew.
Lead us this morning as we gather in the name of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

This week’s readings:

Job 38:1-11
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
2 Corinthians 6:1-13

This week’s Gospel text is from Mark 4:35-41

 

Sermon Snapshot

Today Director of Music Ministries Ben Fowler led a wonderful worship experience under the theme of “Thin Places.” Ben shared a message about thin places, intersections between heaven and earth – a concept known to and lived out by early Celtic Christians. These places are sometimes quiet, sometimes violent, and often undetected by us. Ben helped us explore the ways Jesus brought heaven to earth and how we are called to that way of living.

The Song of the Day is “Be Still My Soul” (ELW 679)

 

Prayers of the People – 6/24/18

Filled with the Holy Spirit, we join with the church in every place, praying for the world that God so loves.  Each petition ends, “Hear us, O God,” to which the congregation responds, “Your mercy is great.”

Circle us, O God, encircle us with your presence.
Keep joy within, keep bitterness out;
Keep generosity within, keep greed out;
Keep love within, keep self-seeking out;
Keep light within, keep darkness out.
Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Circle, O God, those who work for peace, encircle them with your presence.
Keep wisdom within, keep folly out;
Keep strength within, keep weariness out;
Keep hope within, keep despair out;
Keep light within, keep darkness out.
Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Circle, O God, those victims of violence and injustice, encircle them with your presence.
Keep truth within, keep falsehood out;
Keep compassion within, keep hard-heartedness out;
Keep love within, keep hatred out;
Keep light within, keep darkness out.
Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Circle, O Holy Spirit, those responsible for acts of violence and injustice, encircle them with your presence.
Help them to see the truth and to turn away from falsehood;
Help them to learn compassion and leave hard-heartedness behind;
Help them find the courage to turn away from evil;
May they feel your love in a world filled with hate;
Help them to see your light in the darkness.
Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Circle, O God, the hurting and the needy and those who are experiencing afflictions of any kind, especially Anna Bero, Brian Constable, Ellie Dennison, Linda Ernst, Phyllis Hahn, Eileen Johnson, Priscilla Kanestrom, Leona Lenschow, Marlys Paulson, John Paulson, and Marilyn Van Brero, encircle them with your presence.
Keep wholeness within, keep sickness out;
Keep hope within, keep despair out;
Keep peace within, keep turmoil out;
Keep light within, keep darkness out.
Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Father in Heaven, you promise to walk with us in this life, and receive us into your arms of mercy in the life to come. We thank you for the heavenly homecoming of our sister, Vernette Rae. We pray blessings upon Helmut, her family, friends, and family of faith as we mourn her death this week. Remind us that by faith we may look forward to a heavenly reunion with our loved ones, joining them and the angels in endless praise of our Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom we are redeemed.
Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

In the name of the Sacred Three, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

And because there’s always something going on, the Announcements!

YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO THE “PRAY-GROUND” – This special space in the Sanctuary is designed for our youngest worshippers and their families. Children age 8 and under are welcome to color, play games, enjoy age-appropriate books, and just have their own space in the back of the transept – the southeast corner of the Sanctuary. We LOVE having children in worship! We hope this special place helps make them and their families feel both welcome and comfortable.

PASTOR DAVE BACK IN THE OZARKS – for the wedding of his best friend’s son. Pastor Dave will be returning to the office Wednesday afternoon. Please contact Pastor Judy Brennan in the event of a pastoral emergency while Pastor Dave is away.

GOLF ON THURSDAY – Join the golfing gang at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course. For more details see the signup sheet at the Information Desk in the Narthex.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MARTY BUDZIUS – Wednesday, July 18, 11 am, followed by a luncheon reception in the Fellowship Hall.  If you are able to help provide food or serve at the reception, please speak with Special Receptions Team Leader Gale Hill. Thank you.

FUNERAL AND MEMORIALS FOR ERIK FLOAN – Services for the former Cross of Christ Director of Music Ministries will be held at 11 am on Saturday, July 14, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. The family request that in lieu of flowers memorial donation be made to the following: Scholarship Fund – Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, 810 Freeman Street, Valparasio, IN, 46383; Luther Seminary – Children, Youth & Family Master’s Degree Program Scholarship Fund, 2481 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, MN, 55109; American Guild of Organists – New Organist Fund, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY, 10115.

BERRY PICKING AND CONVERSATION WITH PASTOR JUDY – July and August is blueberry picking time and Pastor Judy invites you to join her in one of her favorite activities. She has set a goal of picking 100 pounds of blueberries this summer! Help her reach her goal and enjoy the outdoors and a nice chat at Larson Lake blueberry fields for an hour or so some morning. Call, text, or send her an email to set up a time – she would love your company!

CONGREGATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS – Come celebrate with us! 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) and we would love to celebrate with you Wednesday, 6:30 pm, at Bellevue Presbyterian Church. Anyone who has been a part of the CFH story large or small should attend! Children and families welcome. Please RSVP to Jamie at CFH at 425-484-9459.

LARKS OUTING TO BALLARD LOCKS AND GARDENS – Join the group for this fun outing July 10. It’s a great opportunity to use your Orca card!  Will meet at the church at 9:30 am to carpool to the start of our journey, via bus, which includes stops for coffee, Ballard Locks, lunch, ice cream and back to Cross of Christ.  Please sign up at the Information Desk in the Narthex.  If you have questions please contact Nancy Weisel or Sharen Stoll. 

EXCITING TIMES AHEAD! – With congregational approval, we are moving forward to repair the roof trusses.  To coincide with this, the Church Council has established teams that will help us to move our congregation forward.  Teams include Visioning, Property Use and Value, Truss Repair, Building Use, and Financial Support.  This is the first step to gather data.  If you have an interest in participating or have questions, please contact Congregational President Gale Hill.

PRAYERS FOR HOMEBOUND MEMBERS – Marilyn Van Brero, Leona Lenschow, Doris Lundquist, Bill and Betty McConnell, Mary Moen, Jane Pittenger, and Norman Stromer.

THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING RIDES TO WORSHIP FOR MEMBERS IN NEED Several have stepped up to give rides to some of our congregation members who can no longer drive but would still love to come to worship. Thank you! While the immediate need for this caring ministry is met, more needs are sure to arise in the future. If you would like to be on a contact list, please contact Julie Hockett – julieahock@gmail.com or Pastor Judy – pastorjudybrennan@gmail.com. Thank you so much!

EASTISIDE SHELTERS – The Family Shelter has moved to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kirkland. They typically serve about 15 people, half are children. The Women’s Shelter is at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. They serve about 30 women. You can learn more and sign up to provide meals at http://signup.com/go/tMaKqVQ. If you prefer to make a financial donation and skip the cooking, you can have a meal delivered by DoorDash, UberEats, or something similar. Thank you for helping feed women and children this summer.

Our sending song is “Jesus Shall Reign” (ELW 434)


By God’s grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are called to

Worship God
Grow in Faith
Share the Gospel
Serve others, and
Welcome all.

Thanks be to God!