Fourth Week after Pentecost


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toward JustChurch's intentionally slim operational costs

Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project

directly toward doing good

Celebrate JustChurch's Benevolence!

Overview of Worship






Prayer for Illumination










Meditation Bowl

Three times throughout the service, when the bowl rings, you are invited to find expansiveness

through silence.

Come, All You People

Veni Sancte Spiritus

A reading from Ezekiel 17:22-24

Psalm 92

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;


To declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,


to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.


For your, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.



Psalm 92

The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.


They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.


In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap,


showing that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.



Psalm 92

A reading from 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17

 Mark 4:26-34

Ezekiel 17

Psalm 92

2 Cor. 5

Mark 4

Were there words or phrases that touched you?

Word of God; Word of Life.

Thanks be to God.

We Complete the Sermon Together

1. Describe a time in your life when you felt like a tender shoot or a strong cypress tree and share.

Juan Gris (Spanish, Madrid 1887–1927),

Woman Reading, ca. 1927, oil and pencil on canvas.

Amazing Grace,

How Sweet the Sound

A Creed from the United Church of Canada

We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God:

         Who has created and is creating,

         Who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,

                  To reconcile and make new,

         Who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God.



We are called to the Church:

  •          To celebrate God’s presence,
  •          To love and serve others,
  •          To seek justice and resist evil,
  •          To proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,                                    our judge and our hope.



In life,      in death,

in life beyond death,

God is with us.

We are not alone.


Thanks be to God.


Prayers of Intercession

  • For the Church throughout the World
    • Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
  • For all of God's creation
    • Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
  • For the nations/world
    • Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
  • For those in need
    • Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
  • For this community
    • Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.


The Peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

operates the

institutionally-light JustChurch

This week:

  • Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project

directly toward doing good


The Lord be with you. And also with you.


Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


...we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the Highest.

Syria, 3rd century--oldest, extant sanctus in a Eucharistic prayer

Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
    as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
    and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
    now and forever. Amen.




These are the gift of God for you--the people of God. Come, the banquet is ready.

Gluten-free &

dairy-free  bread

at big table


Bread (gluten) at side tables


grape juice

Red wine

When you give someone bread,  say,

“The body of Christ given for you.”

When you give someone the cup, say,

“The blood of Christ shed for you.”

Song: Lamb of God

Jesu, Jesu,

Fill Us With Your Love

Go in peace

to know Jesus and

to do Justice.


  • Liturgical texts, hymns, and prayers reprinted from, ©2014 Augsburg Fortress.  All rights reserved.
  • Reprinted with permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #23534 and License #A-703442.
  • Eucharistic Welcome, Liturgical texts; St. John's Lutheran Church; Atlanta, GA
  • Eucharistic Prayer, Liturgical texts; St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church; San Francisco, CA
  • Biblical texts from New Revised Standard Version Bible. All rights reserved. 

Worship leads to the world.

  • Meet a new friend.
  • Greet someone who differs from you.
  • Deepen a connection.
  • Help finish the wine and bread.
  • Enter the world, belly and spirit nourished, to boldly do justice in the name of Jesus.
  • Every Saturday @5 @MERGE: Worship
  • In late July/early August: Group discernment regarding JustActions
  • Starting in the fall (check out the "gathering" webpage of
    • Pints of Grace
    • Breathing Space
    • Ancient Spiritual Practices
    • Justice Seminar