Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
SCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43
Today’s texts address the reality of human suffering: lives lost in battle, the debilitating cost of chronic disease, the death of a child, the cry of despair. God comes to those in pain with healing and grace, restoring life and hope, offering the abundance of steadfast love, bringing peace to troubled souls. This is the vision of living in shalom, a world of God’s peace, where all find healing and peace and where everyone has enough to thrive. In response to God’s amazing gifts, we are called to build that community as we live generous lives, offering from our abundance, that others might simply live.
INVITATION AND GATHERING
Call to Worship (Psalm 130)
Wait for the Lord, like those who hope in God’s mercy.
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Watch for God, like those who eagerly await the morning.
We watch for God, whose power redeems us.
Hear God’s hopeful word, like those who long for pardon.
Sing praise to God and rejoice in God’s love.
Opening Prayer (Mark 5)
we are yours.
We come as we are,
with our cares and concerns.
We long to touch you
and find healing in your embrace.
Strengthen our faith
and heal our brokenness,
that we may worship you with joy. Amen.
PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE
Prayer of Confession (Psalm 130, Mark 5)
Out of the depths of despair,
we cry to you, O God.
We are lost in a world
of pain and suffering.
When we put our trust in weapons of war,
we find no peace.
When we put our faith in our own resources,
we feel the ache of our true needs.
When we put our hope in the health of our bodies,
we suffer pain and find no healing.
Come to us, O God.
Forgive our doubts and fears.
Heal our brokenness,
that we may rejoice in your steadfast love. Amen.
Words of Assurance (Psalm 130)
There is forgiveness and healing with God.
God’s steadfast love
has the power to redeem our brokenness
and make us whole.
Passing the Peace of Christ (Mark 5)
The love of Christ touches every person, transforming us with grace. Greet your sisters and brothers with this love. Share God’s peace.
Response to the Word (2 Samuel, 2 Corinthians 8, Mark 5)
let your word speak to our hearts.
Come and heal our brokenness
and restore us to life.
Comfort our grieving hearts.
Teach us to share from our abundance.
By your word,
transform us into your holy people. Amen.
THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION
Invitation to the Offering (2 Corinthians 8)
Paul challenged the church at Corinth to recognize their abundance, that they might share with those in need. God calls us to give out of our bounty, that all might have enough to live on without fear. With eager hearts, let us joyfully give out of our abundance.
Offering Prayer (2 Corinthians 8)
we thank you for our present abundance
and for the many blessings
you have bestowed upon this community.
We thank you for our faith,
for our knowledge of you,
and for the assurance of your love.
May all these gifts be a blessing
to those in need. Amen.
Benediction (Mark 5)
Christ’s touch has healed you.
God’s love has restored you.
The Spirit goes with you.
Go in peace to share the joy of God’s love.
Contemporary Gathering Words (Mark 5)
Come, bring your pain.
Draw close to Christ.
Reach out to touch Jesus.
Find healing and peace in his love.
Praise Sentences (Psalm 130, Mark 5)
God’s love is steadfast.
God’s power is great!
God heals our brokenness and gives us peace.
From “The Abingdon Worship Annual 2009,” edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, Copyright © 2008 by Abingdon Press. “The Abingdon Worship Annual 2016” is now available.