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 HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY
A LITANY OF THANKSGIVING FOR FATHERS
Let us honor and give thanks to God, our Heavenly Father, for Christian fathers who love, support, and nurture the faith of their children.
Kind and caring Father, we give you thanks for the men you have called to be fathers, for the love and life they give to their children, and for the high calling to lead their families as faithful models and mentors.
Bless them, Heavenly Father.
We pray for the fathers of young children and of youth, that their homes may be places of peace and prosperity, that their guidance may be godly, for patience and wisdom in caring for their children, and for reliance on you always.
Encourage them, Heavenly Father.
We pray for fathers of adult children, who continue to be a source of paternal inspiration and advice, that they may remain a blessing for their families as their relationship with their children changes and matures.
Renew them, Heavenly Father.
We pray for fathers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them, as they ever seek comfort from you.
Heal them, Heavenly Father.
We pray for all men who serve as father figures and positive role models, especially for those who, though without children of their own, have loved us like fathers and are loved by us as the same.
Bless them, Heavenly Father.
We pray for our fathers who are no longer with us, but whose memory and examples of Christian faith continue to inspire and sustain us, that they may rest in your loving arms, having been received by you as good and faithful servants.
We remember them, Heavenly Father.
Finally, we pray for men who struggle with the role of father, and for those who have not lived up to the call to care, support and lead their children and families, asking that you would work in their hearts a miracle of transformation, even as we pray for special blessings on their sons and daughters.
Restore them, Heavenly Father.
O great and loving God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in your wisdom and love you created the human family, calling men to the high role of fatherhood, partners in the raising of children and the sustaining of families. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect and gratitude.
This we pray, Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen
“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!”
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
THIS WEEK’S READINGS
1Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL
[Jesus said,] 12“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
PASTOR DAVE’S SERMON SNAPSHOT: “Pitchers and Funnels”
We are blessed to experience the Holy Spirit like a pitcher – pouring out God’s love until our cups overflow with goodness and mercy. But the others are blessed when we allow the Spirit to then use us like funnels – redistributing God’s blessings to others. As we are each unique, God the Holy Spirit can uniquely use us to bless others. The Spirit uses our individual gifts and talents, assets and opportunities, settings and connections, passions and interests like funnels – pouring out God’s love through us to those we know, encounter, influence and meet.
We are meant to be funnels, used by the Pitcher of God’s Love, the Holy Spirit, in ways we are individually and corporately well suited. As we give thanks this day for the gift of the Spirit, may we also ask the Spirit to use us to bless one another and all whom God sends our way, and to whom God sends us to, in the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.
SONG OF THE DAY
“Come, Join the Dance of the Trinity”
The tune Kingsfold anchors this seasonally-appropriate hymn.
“Father Most Holy”
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.
BOTH ADULT FAITH FORMATION – Adult Faith Formation returns today following worship, from 11:15 to noon, in the Library, as we resume our study of the book of Acts
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL ON BREAK – Children’s Sunday School is taking the summer off and returning September 8.
IT’S CHURCH PICNIC TIME – Please plan to join the fun on Sunday, June 30. There will be fried chicken, salad, rolls, lemonade, and ice cream served in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the 10 am service. For more information, contact Linda Capron at 425-898-0263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE – JULY 13 – TANZANIA 2020 SAFARI-THEMED DINNER AND FUNDRAISER – Overlooking beautiful Lake Sammamish, the back yard of the home of the Matt and Andrea Pohle family – Cross of Christ and Tanzania 2020 members – will be magically transformed into a luxury safari camp with outdoor dining on the evening of July 13 for our “Taste of Tanzania” dinner and fundraiser. This fun, colorful, and tasty event will help support our education, church, and medical partners among the Masai and others in northern Tanzania. Cross of Christ is planning its fourth mission journey to the region in July, 2020, with about 18 traveling team members and the entire congregation and friends as support team. All proceeds from “Taste of Tanzania” will go to partners and special projects, which you’ll learn more about at the event. Please save the date and look for more details to come soon about how to make your reservations and/or financial gift. Asante Sana – Thank you very much!
HANDBELL CONCERTS – The Handbell Musicians of America – Area 10 presents three handbell concerts at Everett Community College – 2000 Tower St., in Everett. Friday, June 28 – 7:30 pm Emerald City Ringers, Saturday, June 29 – 7:30 pm Showcase Choirs and Bronze Conference Choir, and a closing concert on Sunday, June 30 – 4:00 pm. Admission is free. For more information visit email@example.com.
TIME TO TEE IT UP GOLFERS – Join the Cross of Christ golfing group on Thursdays at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course. All are welcome – pros to duffers! Schedules and contact info are at the Information Desk in the Narthex.
LEE DATES MEMORIAL – A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for Lee’s life is scheduled for Thursday, June 27, 11:30 am, at Cross of Christ, followed by a luncheon reception hosted by Community Living in the Fellowship Hall. All members are invited to the service and luncheon. Lee was one of our special adults who were a part of the Cross of Christ community for many years.
ROOF TRUSS REPAIR UPDATE – We have received all the permits necessary to begin the roof truss repairs – finally! The work is slated to take place between July 15 and September 15. These dates are approximate at this time. We don’t yet know if the work will necessitate not using the Sanctuary and/or Fellowship Hall for part of the time. Contingency plans are being made and will be shared with the congregation if and when alternative worship options are necessary. In the meanwhile, we look forward to the work being completed, the trusses repaired, enhanced and fully secured, and the yellow posts removed at last! Information will be shared with you throughout the process. Thank you for your patience and support
PRAYERS CHAIN BECOMES PRAYER NET – As part of her Caring Ministries leadership, Pastor Judy is in the midst of making a few changes to the Prayer Chain. The first change is the name – it will now be called the “Prayer Net” – think ‘network’ that connects people or a ‘net’ that catches or holds things. The Prayer Net will be an e-mail list for requests for public prayers. For example, if someone is having hip replacement surgery and they ask to be in the public prayers on Sunday, this will also be communicated by email to the Prayer Net. Folks who had been on the old Prayer Chain e-mail will be moved over onto the Prayer Net (unless you’d like to come off, in which case just let Pastor Judy know). If you’d like to be added to the Prayer Net e-mails, just inform Pastor Judy. However, we know that there may be situations when people would like to be prayed for, but are not ready to be in the public prayers of the congregation and that’s okay. When you communicate your desire for prayers, Pastor Dave or Pastor Judy will make sure to clarify if you’d like your concerns to be for the wider Cross of Christ community or to have these concerns kept private. We want you to know that we respect your wishes and will keep these prayers confidential. If you have any questions about this change, please contact Pastor Judy. Thank you!
PARKING LOT HOSPITALITY – As a reminder, we have three parking spots reserved for “Courtesy and Visitor Parking.” These are intended for those who might need them most – like those with temporary mobility limitations, families with young children, and expectant mothers. Please help “Welcome All’ by not parking in these spaces if you are able to walk a few steps farther. Also, please remember that all spaces marked as reserved for handicapped can only be used by those with authorized handicap license plates or rear-view mirror placards. These spaces are occasionally monitored by Bellevue Special Parking Enforcement. Thanks for practicing parking lot hospitality!
NAME TAGS ARE SIGNS OF WELCOME – You’re encouraged to wear your Cross of Christ name tag to worship each Sunday. This simple act helps people get to know one another, is welcoming for guests, and is greatly appreciated by the pastor (who, try as he might, occasionally temporarily forgets names!). If you have misplaced your name tag, Office Administrator Judy Giseburt would happily make you a new one. Contact Judy in the office at 425-746-7300 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAYERS FOR HOMEBOUND MEMBERS – Ed and Phyllis Hahn, Doris Lundquist, Ruth Huehnerhoff, Bill and Betty McConnell, Mary Moen, Marlys Paulson, Jane Pittenger, and Marilyn Van Brero.
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!