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 NINTH
SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
“O Christ, Your Heart, Compassionate”
The tune for this, Ellacombe, is played here on the Mountain Dulcimer, a traditional and uniquely American instrument from Appalachia.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
O God, powerful and compassionate, you shepherd your people, faithfully feeding and protecting us. Heal each of us, and make us a whole people, that we may embody the justice and peace of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
THIS WEEK’S READINGS
Jeremiah 23:1-6 Jeremiah prophesied before the exile in 587 BCE. In this passage, he uses the metaphor of a shepherd to describe the bad kings who have scattered the “flock” of Israel. God promises to gather the flock and to raise up a new king from David’s line to save Israel and Judah.
Ephesians 2:11-22 The author of this letter is reminding his audience that originally they were not part of God’s chosen people. Through Jesus’ death, however, they are included in God’s household of faith, whose cornerstone is Jesus Christ.
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 When Jesus sent his disciples out to teach and heal, they ministered among large numbers of people. Their work was motivated by Christ’s desire to be among those in need.
PASTOR DAVE’S SERMON SNAPSHOT: “Shepherds and Sailors”
Today’s gospel records Jesus and his disciples acting as shepherds and sailors – healing the sick, sharing good news, and crossing over to the “other side” where they ministered to more folks in need through words and deeds. We’re reminded how connected are our callings to “Share the Gospel” and “Serve Others” and how this is not an “either/or” commission.
SONG OF THE DAY
“My Shepherd, You Supply My Need”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
“Lord, Who the Night You Were Betrayed”
On 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.
All are welcome to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist.
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.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION – Today following worship we continue our series “Colossians: Against the Tide.” Join Pastor Dave as he leads our look at Paul’s letter to a young church facing pressures to conform to social norms. Adult Faith Formation begins at 11:15 and ends at noon, in the Library. Note: Adult Faith Formation will not be held next Sunday to make room for our annual church picnic (see details below). Adult Faith Formation resumes August 5.
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.
IT’S CHURCH PICNIC TIME! – Our annual church picnic will be held on next Sunday following the 10 am service in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for food, fun, and fellowship. We will be serving fried chicken, salad, rolls, and of course, ice cream! For more information, contact Linda Capron at email@example.com or call 425-898-0263. Pastor Judy Brennan, Associate Pastor for Caring Ministries, is our preaching next week.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR VERNETTE RAE – Sunday, August 19 at 1:30 pm. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. To help with the reception, please contact Gale Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-747-6932. Cards may be sent to 3739 135th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA 98006.
BACK TO WORK CLOTHING DRIVE – During the summer months of July, August and September, Cross of Christ and community partner Turkcha women’s charity are collecting work appropriate clothing for men and women transition into the work force, going on interviews, heading back to school, and for any other time nicer clothes are appropriate. To learn more, please see the flyer available in the Vestibule on Sundays and all week at the Information Desk in the Narthex. Thanks for your contributions and volunteering!
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 KIDS GOOD START BACK TO SCHOOL BUS – Pick up a flyer with the updated list of needed school supplies. The bus will be parked in the Narthex today through August 12. That is where you can deposit school supplies for 1,450 students from low-income families in the Bellevue School District. Financial donations are also welcome. Checks should be made out to Cross of Christ with “Back to School” noted on the memo line. Contact Arlene Palmerton for more information.
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.
MEALS FOR JAMIE’S FAMILY. – Jamie Monk and his wife are expecting a new baby girl to join their family on or about July 18. It would very nice if we could help them with a few meals. They have three other children; a girl fourteen and two boys ages ten and six. If you can provide a meal please sign up on the sheet at the Welcome Desk. (There are no food restrictions.)
PROVIDE A LUNCH FOR THE SOPHIA WAY – The Sophia Way provides lunch for the women who visit the center during the day. Their immediate need is for lunches on Sundays. The Sophiaway.org website provides detailed information on how you can help. They are located behind St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at 3032 Bellevue Way NE. For more information visit their website or call 425-896-7385.
PRAYERS FOR HOMEBOUND MEMBERS – Marilyn Van Brero, Leona Lenschow, Doris Lundquist, Bill and Betty McConnell, Mary Moen, Jane Pittenger, and Norman Stromer.
“Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”
By God’s grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are called to
Grow in Faith
Share the Gospel
Serve others, and
Thanks be to God!