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Sunday Worship -- June 19, Second Sunday After Pentecost

We Gather Together

Musical Prelude


Promise of Divine Welcome

Invocation: As Longs the Deer

As longs the deer for flowing streams,

so my soul longs for you.

As the dry land thirsts for gentle rains,

I thirst for the living God.

Call to Worship:

One: As a deer longs for flowing streams of water, our souls reach out to seek our God.

All: Where is our God? In the cleansing of the rain, in the refreshing of a pool, in the predictability of a faucet.

One: With glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, our voices lift toward our God.

All: Where is our God? In the melody of voices raised in concert, in the stillness of silence, in the cacophony of spontaneous praise.

One: As deep calls to deep, we come to worship the Living God.

All: Where is our God? In the echoes of our prayers, in the reverence of bowed heads, in the hope of raised faces. The Holy One is with us.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Listening in the Light of Reconciliation

Opening Hymn: All Who Are Thirsty, MV 4

All who are thirsty, all who are weak,

come to the fountain.

Dip your heart in the stream of life.

Let the pain and the sorrow be washed away

in the waves of his mercy as deep cries out to deep.

We sing:


Come, Lord Jesus, come (3X)

Holy Spirit, come.

(sing twice through)

Opening Prayer

Invitation to Confession

Song: Listen, God Is Calling, MV 97

Listen God is calling, through the Word inviting,

offering forgiveness, comfort, and joy.

Prayer of Confession

One: Holy and Gracious God, fear seeks to be our constant companion.

It stifles us with its overwhelming presence and prolific imagination.

All: Fear surrounds us and blocks our vision and your path.

One: Fear keeps us from picking up our cross as much as it suppresses our joy in you.

Fear invites us to believe the easy lie rather than confronting the hard truths necessary for your reign to come.

All: Too often, we cast off your perfect love in favor of insidious fear.

One: Forgive us for choosing fear when we could have you, your presence, and your way as our companion on our journey.

All: Empower us to reject fear and all that dampens your truth.

Words of Assurance

Song: Behold,I Make All Things New, MV 115

Behold, behold, I make all things new,

beginning with you and starting from today.

Behold, behold, I make all things new,

my promise is true, for I am Christ the way.

Choral Anthem

Children’s Hymn: Alleluia, Praise to God, MV 59

Alleluia, praise to God. (2x)

Praises, high praises, we bring you, O God.

Alleluia, praise to God.

Songs of joy sing out to God. (2x)

Dancing and singing, we praise you, O God.

Songs of joy sing out to God.

Beat the drums, sing out to God. (2x)

Praises, high praises, we bring you, O God.

Beat the drums, sing out to God.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

forever and ever. Amen.

Children’s Prayer:

God, be in my eyes and in my looking.

God, be in my ears and in my listening.

God, be in my mouth and in my speaking.

God, be in my heart and in my understanding. Amen.

God Calls and We Respond to the Word

Psalm 42-43, VU 768, with Sung Response:

Why restless, why cast down, my soul!

Hope still and you will sing!

Like a deer that longs for life-giving waters,

so longs my soul for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for you, the source of my life.

When shall I come and behold your face?

Day and night I taste only tears,

while they steadily belittle me, saying, ‘Where is your God?’

But I remember - though my soul is distressed -

how I went with the crowds to the house of God,

our voices joyful and filled with praise,

a multitude keeping festival. R

My soul is overwhelmed within me;

therefore I remember you in this land of Jordan,

in Hermon, and on Mount Mizar.

Like the turbulent roar of your waterfalls,

all your waves and currents wash over me.

With loving kindness you bless my days,

and by night your song is with me,

a prayer to you, Giver of life.

I say to God, my rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go like a mourner because my foes oppress me?’

I am like one whose bones are broken to pieces

through the taunting of my enemies.

They steadily belittle me, saying,

‘Where is your God?’ R

Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against faithless ones.

Save me from those who are deceitful and unjust.

You are the God in whom I take refuge.

Why have you rejected me?

Why must I go like a mourner because my foes oppress me?

O send your light and your truth to lead me,

let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy.

I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. R

Luke 8:26-39

Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasene’s, which is opposite Galilee. As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me’— for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion’; for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.

Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasene’s asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

Sermon: “JDW, Jesus Did WHAT?” Rev. Cynthia O’Connell

Hymn: Healer of Our Every Ill, VU 619


Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow,

give us peace beyond our fear and hope beyond our sorrow.

You who know our fears and sadness,

grace us with your peace and gladness.

Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts. R

Give us strength to love each other,

every sister, every brother.

Spirit of all kindness, be our guide. R

You who know each thought and feeling,

teach us all your way of healing.

Spirit of compassion, fill each heart. R

Invitation to the Offering

Music: by Robin Anderson

Doxology: Grant Us, God, the Grace, VU 540

Grant us, God, the grace of giving,

with a spirit large and free,

that ourselves and all our living

we may offer faithfully.

We Pray

Prayers of the People

Song: God, Enfold Us

God, enfold us in your heart,

and keep us safe, keep us whole,

keep us in the palm of your hand.

Poem: The Parched Know by Ian Granger (adpt. from St. Augustine)

Lord, you have made us for yourself

and our hearts are restless

until they find their rest in you.

You have put salt in our mouths

that we may thirst for you.

The parched know --

real thirst

draws rainwater

from an empty sky.

Closing Hymn: I Heard the Voice of Jesus, VU 626

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me and rest;

lay down, O weary one, lay down your head upon my breast.”

I came to Jesus as I was, weary and worn and sad;

I found in him a resting place, and he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give

the living water; thirsty one, stoop down, and drink, and live.”

I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream;

my thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s light;

look unto me, your morn shall rise, and all your day be bright.”

I looked to Jesus, and I found in him my star, my sun;

and in that light of life I’ll walk till travelling days are done.


One: Go in peace as you confront lies with truth and fear with hope.

All: The Abiding One strengthens us to stand in truth and hope.

One: Let the Living Water refresh you with new streams of righteousness.

All: Wisdom will be the voice we follow.

One: Go out into the world, encouraged, emboldened, and renewed.


Song: I Am Walking A Path of Peace, MV 221

I am walking a path of peace; (3x)

lead me home, lead me home.

I am walking a path of hope; (3x)

lead me home, lead me home.


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