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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 20, 2021

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,
the God of manna,
the God of miracles,
the God of mercy.

Drawn to Christ and seeking God’s abundance, let us confess our sin.

 God, our provider,
help us.
It is hard to believe there is enough to share.
We question your ways when they differ from the ways
of the world in which we live.
We turn to our own understanding
rather than trusting in you.
We take offense at your teachings and your ways.
Turn us again to you.
Where else can we turn?
Share with us the words of eternal life
and feed us for life in the world.
Beloved people of God:
in Jesus, the manna from heaven,
you are fed and nourished.
By Jesus, the worker of miracles,
there is always more than enough.
Through Jesus,  the bread of life,
you are shown God’s mercy:
you are forgiven and loved into abundant life.

Prayer of the Day

Holy God,
our righteous judge,
daily your mercy surprises us with everlasting forgiveness.
Strengthen our hope in you,
and grant that all the peoples of the earth may find their glory in you,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Job 38:1-11

1The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
 2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
 3Brace yourself like a warrior,
  I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

 4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
  Tell me, if you have understanding.
 5Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
  Or who stretched the line upon it?
 6On what were its bases sunk,
  or who laid its cornerstone
 7when the morning stars sang together
  and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?

 8“Or who shut in the sea with doors
  when it burst out from the womb?—
 9when I made the clouds its garment,
  and thick darkness its swaddling band,
 10and prescribed bounds for it,
  and set bars and doors,
 11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
  and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?”

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

 1Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good,
  for God’s mercy endures forever.
 2Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim
  that God redeemed them from the hand of the foe,
 3gathering them in from the lands;
  from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
 23Some went down to the sea in ships,
  plying their trade in deep waters.
 24They beheld the works of the Lord,
  God’s wonderful works in the deep.
 25Then God spoke, and a stormy wind arose,
  which tossed high the waves of the sea.
 26They mounted up to the heavens and descended to the depths;
  their souls melted away in their peril.
 27They staggered and reeled like drunkards,
  and all their skill was of no avail.
 28Then in their trouble they cried to the Lord,
  and you delivered them from their distress.
 29You stilled the storm to a whisper
  and silenced the waves of the sea.
 30Then were they glad when it grew calm,
  when you guided them to the harbor they desired.
 31Let them give thanks to you, Lord, for your steadfast love
  and your wonderful works for all people.
 32Let them exalt you in the assembly of the people;
  in the council of the elders, let them sing hallelujah!

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

1As we work together with God, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For God says,
 “At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
  and on a day of salvation I have helped you.”
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
  11We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.

Gospel Reading: Luke 18:9-14

9 [Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Prayers of Intercession

Let us come before the triune God in prayer.

Hover your cursor over each prayer as you’re ready.

Holy God, you gather your people

from east and west, north and south. We pray for the mission of the church throughout the world, that your steadfast love may be made known to all peoples.

Lord, in your mercy,

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

You laid the foundations of the earth

and the waters are the womb of creation. The morning stars sing your name and all creation shouts for joy. We pray for your blessed creation, that it may continue to flourish and magnify your glory.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

You keep watch over all nations.

We pray for countries experiencing violence, hunger, and unrest. Guide worldwide and local community organizations in their efforts to establish safety and justice.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

You are close to the brokenhearted

and near to those in distress. We pray for those who are experiencing oppression. Liberate us from the systems and chains that bind us. Remove the barriers that separate us from one another.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

You dwell with us in this faith community.

We pray for our leaders and elders. Grant them knowledge, patience, and kindness, that through their leadership you may be exalted in this assembly.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Your love endures in all situations.

On this Father’s Day, we pray for those who are fathers or wish to be fathers, for those with broken or strained relationships, for those who are missing their fathers, and for fathers who have lost children. Bless and strengthen them.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We lift our prayers to you, O God, trusting in your abiding grace.



Offering Prayer

Jesus, Bread of life,
you have set this table with your very self,
and called us to the feast of plenty.
Gather what has been sown among us,
and strengthen us in this meal.
Make us to be what we receive here,
your body for the life of the world.




The blessing of God,
who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us,
☩ be upon you now and forever.

Liturgy text and NRSV Bible Readings From Sundays and Copyright 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS103558
YHWH Responds to Job, Original source:
King David, Peter Paul Rubens, 1577-1640.
In the Time of Harmony: The Joy of Life–Sunday by the Sea, Signac, Paul, 1863-1935. Original source:–Sunday_by_the_Sea_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg.
Pharisee and the Publican, Fabritius, Barent, 1624-1673 Original source:
from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.