Proper 7B – 4th Sunday after Pentecost


Father’s Day – June 21


For a good Father’s Day resource …

“Peace, Be Still!”, the resource booklet for clergy that Christian Associates of Southwest PA produced in cooperation with the FISA Foundation as part of the “Southwest PA Says NO MORE” initiative, is now available electronically at The booklet includes liturgies, sermon starters, practical tips, and related resources to help congregations offer a “Father’s Day Pledge” event in their congregations on Father’s Day, June 21. The pledge asks men and women to commit to refraining from violence in their own relationships and speaking out when others use violence.


Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 or I Samuel 17:57 – 18:5, 10-16 or Job 38:1-11 Roman Catholic reading: Job 38:1, 8-11 United Methodist reading: 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49

Psalm 9:9-20 or Psalm 133 or Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 107:23-31 Episcopal reading (RCL): Psalm 9:9-20  or Psalm 133    or Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 United Methodist reading: Psalm 9:9-20

2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Roman Catholic reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14-17

Mark 4:35-41

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.

453-Called as partners in Christ’s service

59-This is my Father’s world

85-Eternal Father, strong to save

629-When the storms of life are raging (Stand by me)

725-God of the ages, whose almighty hand

393-One bread, one body

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.


Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit or   

This week: Psalm 133 is available on p. 764

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Mark 4:35-41

The storm that rises on the sea

takes boat and casts it wide.

As waves crest over stem and stern

the seamen strain for life.

Yet in the back does Jesus sleep

in ease on pillow-rest.

Then in the panic of the crew

Jesus does rise for peace.

When life is cast upon the storm

and all the church is worn,

as time and circumstance conflict

and all is failing nigh,

then Jesus is attendant too

and rises to the storm.

He cries against the wailing wind

that Peace and Stillness reign.

Now in the worry of the crew,

the faithful at the oars,

as sails are furled and rudder held

and keel groans at the waves,

begin with earnest, take the way

that Jesus cares for all

and treasure gifts of hope and joy

that welcome and adore.

DCM          Suggested tune: Kingsfold

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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  

L: When confidence in our way of life is shaken, to whom do we turn for comfort?

P: We look to friends, we cling to loved ones, we grope for answers in familiar, sacred places.

L: How shall we find strength to recover? Where do we find heart and hope to go on?

P: Our hope is in God alone, our Savior, the Shepherd of our Souls, our sheltering Fortress.

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. God of all glory, on this first day you began creation, bringing light out of darkness. On this first day you began your new creation raising Jesus Christ out of the darkness of death. On this Lord’s day grant that we, the people you create by water and the spirit, may be joined with all your works in praising you for your great glory. Through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)



        How vast and deep is your love O God, for us and for all the world. As we give you thanks for the beauty of creation and for the gift of life, we turn to you for strength and guidance to help those of our world in need of care and healing.

We pray for our community, our nation and world that peace and justice might be made known. We pray for our families and friends, especially those who are hurting, sick, grieving or alone. We pray for our own burdens and needs, both spoken and unspoken…

We yield our lives to you as we offer our prayers in the strong and saving name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayers from Common Worship*


Almighty God,

you have broken the tyranny of sin

and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts

whereby we call you Father:

give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,

that we and all creation may be brought

to the glorious liberty of the children of God;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining

and whose power we cannot comprehend:

show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,

and shield us from knowing more than we can bear

until we may look upon you without fear;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Additional Collect

God our saviour,

look on this wounded world

in pity and in power;

hold us fast to your promises of peace

won for us by your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your

holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom

you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving‑kindness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Mark 4:35-41

As seas toss heavily, Lord God,

and all the throes of misery attend,

we struggle, ashen to the core,

until we find you risen as utter peace.

Be ever more the master of our ship

that in all storms and dangers we aspire

to stay in surety with you;

in Jesus Christ.

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

Our offerings take us into the mainstream of God’s work through the church. Jesus said that whatever we do to the least of his brothers and sisters we do to him. May our offerings bring him comfort, relief and joy.


Offertory Prayer

Holy one, your heart abounds with gifts. Receive this offering as a sign of our trust in you and our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world. Amen.


Prayer of Thanksgiving

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

O God, who brings peace in the midst of life’s chaos and hope where all is lost, we give you thanks for the gracious offering of yourself to us in Jesus Christ, and for his offering of himself in these gifts of bread and wine. Send now your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts. Transform us, as we receive the broken bread and cup outpoured, to be his body in this world, bringing peace and promise to all through his Good News spoken and lived. Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]


Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit to learn more.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.


Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2014. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2014 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2014; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.


Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.


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