Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY
Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.
Today is also a day to remember the nativity of John the Baptist, a unique figure in Christian memory, a hinge between the Old Testament prophets and the first Christians. In the Gospel stories he recognizes Jesus as one greater than himself, one for whose coming he prepares the way. But still from his prison he asks if Jesus is truly the Expected One. He is a figure of perpetual Advent and in that way stands for all of us who may be Christian believers but still wait and wonder, discern and doubt.
FIRST READING: Job 38: 1-11
At the end of the book of Job, after Job and his companions have argued about the cause of the great suffering Job endures, God finally speaks. These verses begin that speech, which is a grand vision of creation, describing God’s ordering of the cosmos and inviting Job to marvel at its beauty.
PSALM: Psalm 107: 1-3, 23-32
SECOND READING: 2nd Corinthians 6: 1-13
Paul and his fellow workers experience great hardships and even rejection while carrying out their missionary work. Nevertheless, Paul continuously proclaims that God has not rejected us but is graciously working for our salvation.
GOSPEL: Mark 4: 26-34
The calming of the storm by Jesus on the sea reveals his power over evil, since the sea represents evil and chaos. The boat on the sea is a symbol of the Church and invites us to trust God amid life’s turbulence.
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
This year the 4th of July comes smack dab between two Sundays. Our celebration here will be on July 1st. We will have a special service to celebrate the beginning of our country and some patriotic snacks available before and after the service. Please plan to be here for the gathering to celebrate the birthday of our Nation. (If anyone would like to bring some snacks to share, please feel free to do so.)
Please keep these people in your prayers: Esther Mae Baker, Al Bausch, Don Brooks, Dortha Feddern, Susan Maggard and Carol Schiff. Please remember all of our shut-ins and sick. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)
THE BREAKFAST BUNCH
“The Breakfast Bunch” meets the first Saturday of every month at Der Dutchman in Plain City, at 8:30 a.m. “Come one, Come all” for a great breakfast, fellowship and more! Our next event will be July 7.
Please check the bulletin board behind the office door for all of the sign-up sheets for this year. Communion, birthday Sundays, and Worship Assistants/helpers. Thank you so much!
You can also remember special occasions or special people by contributing money that would normally be used for altar flowers. Instead the donation goes to our local food pantry.