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7Th Sunday After Pentecost

July 11, 2021

We welcome you in the name of the Lord Jesus. We are honored with your presence.  If you do not have a church home, you are invited to join us regularly. Please introduce yourself to Pastor Jeremy Lucke or one of the Ushers as you leave today and sign the guest book in the entryway. We continue to observe the guidelines for health safety, if you have any questions about that, please see an usher.  Everyone is welcome.

The ringing of the bell and the lighting of the Christ candle mark the beginning of our service and a time for quiet meditation, prayer and inward reflection as we begin our worship.

Children are welcome at our worship services.  However, if you prefer, Peace Lutheran has a playroom equipped for children three years old and younger, the room is unstaffed and can be accessed in the fellowship hall where the service is also being live streamed for your convenience and enjoyment.

Holy Communion is celebrated every first and third Sunday and will follow the order of service in the bulletin. First Sundays are a drive in Communion Service and the Third Sunday is in the sanctuary.  Guests, if you are a baptized Christian and share our faith in Jesus as Savior and have been instructed in the meaning and use of the Lord’s Supper, you are invited to come to the altar. We have pre-wrapped communion wine or juice and wafers. We also have gluten-free wafers available. If you desire a gluten-free wafer, ask the server. May the body and blood of Jesus, present in the bread and wine, be a blessing to you.

There are times during the service when you will be asked to stand if you are able. Please feel free to remain seated if standing is difficult.


AS WE GATHER…When Amos speaks God’s Word to Israel, they do not want to hear it.  Amos is told to prophesy elsewhere.  John the Baptist’s message of repentance landed him in Herod’s prison and, eventually, in the grave.  Speaking God’s Word is not always easy.  It often meets resistance and sometimes even violence.  As you gather with fellow hearers of God’s Word, consider how you have been resistant to God’s Word.  Which portions have you chosen to skip over?  Consider how you might better hear and speak God’s Word this week. 



OPENING SONG: “The Solid Rock”                      TOSB 222                                               

Edward Mote & William Batchelder Bradbury, © Words: Public Domain, Music: Public Domain

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.


On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seem to hide His face,

I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale,

My anchor holds within the veil. (Refrain)

His oath, His covenant, His blood

Support me in the whelming flood;

When all around my soul gives way,

He then is all my hope and stay. (Refrain)

When He shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh, may I then in Him be found;

Dressed in His righteousness alone,

Faultless to stand before the throne. (Refrain)

OPENING WORDS                                                                                               Psalm 145

Pastor:     I will exalt you, O God my king, and bless your name forever and ever.

People: Every day will I bless you and praise your name forever and ever. 

Pastor:     Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; there is no end to his greatness. 

People: One generation shall praise your works to another and shall declare your power. 

Pastor:     The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and of great kindness. 

People:  The Lord is loving to everyone and his compassion is over all his works.         


People: Lord, we need Your mercy.  In this hour, help us to see our sin and pain and pray for a fresh start.  Help us to see the shortcomings in our lives and look to You for the answers to our problems.  Give us a new vision of what life can be like.  Teach us to hope, to love, to give and to have faith.  Lord, we need Your mercy.  


Pastor:     Our God has heard the cries and felt your pain and has had mercy on us.  God has seen our need and provided for our salvation; seen our condition and provided the solution; seen our heart and given us a Savior.  Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our sin is no longer the weight that holds us down.  We are free to live in victory, free from the sin of our self-deceit and free from Satan’s power.  Praise God for goodness.  

People:  Amen.

SONG OF PRAISE: “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”

Chris Tomlin, John Newton, & Louie Giglio © 2006 sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Vamos Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing).

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

CHORUS: My chains are gone I’ve been set free
My God my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures


The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God who called me here below
Will be forever mine



Pastor:     Let us Pray. God of glory, Father of love, peace comes from you alone.  Send us as peacemakers and witnesses to your kingdom, and fill our hearts with joy in your promises of salvation; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 

People:  Amen.


Epistle Lesson:                                                                              Ephesians 1:3-14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL:                                                                                         Mark 6:14-29

            John the Baptist is put to death.

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.

But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

Pastor:  This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:  Praise to You, O Christ.

SERMON HYMN: “How Firm a Foundation”        LBW 507

Text: J. Rippon, Tune: early American © Public Domain

How firm a foundation, O saints of the Lord,

Is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!

What more can he say than to you he has said

Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,

for I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;

I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,

upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,

my grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;

the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design

thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

Throughout all their lifetime my people shall prove

My sov’reign, eternal, unchangeable love;

And then, when gray hairs shall their temples adorn,

Like lambs they shall still in my bosom be borne.


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People:  I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                  Creator of heaven and earth.

  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                   And was born of the virgin Mary. 

                   He suffered under Pontius Pilate. 

                   Was crucified, died, and was buried.

                   He descended into hell.

                   On the third day he rose again.

                   He ascended into heaven,

           And is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

                   The holy Christian Church,

                   The communion of saints,

                   The forgiveness of sins,

                   The resurrection of the body,

                   And the life everlasting.  Amen. 


Pastor:     Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. 

Pastor:     Our Father in heaven, uphold and strengthen all families on the earth. Guide parents to teach their children all that You have done and promised. Grant Your blessing today wherever Your people gather. We especially pray for the churches in Philomath as they gather for worship. Continue to strengthen these fellowships. Lord, in Your mercy, 

People: Hear our prayer. 

Pastor:     Extend Your kingdom, O Lord, through mission efforts around the world. We uplift J.P. Cima and wife, Aimee, and their children today as they serve in Cambodia. Protect them and open up connections in which Your promises can be shared. Lord, in Your mercy, 

People: Hear our prayer.

Pastor:     Hear the prayers of the poor, so that their daily needs of food, clothing, and shelter be available to them. Bless all who grow and distribute crops, all who seek to alleviate pain and suffering, and all who fund and build decent housing. Listen especially to those who needs we know, (including…). Give them the healing, comfort, and hope that fits Your gracious plans for them. Lord, in Your mercy, 

People: Hear our prayer.

Pastor:     You have graciously forgiven us for Jesus’ sake; open doors of opportunity for this congregation to be a welcoming place burdened with their past. Grant us to tell them what You have to say to them—words of forgiveness, peace and hope. Lord, in Your mercy, 

People: Hear our prayer.

Pastor:     Lord, You have given us cause for celebration and thanksgiving. Today we give thanks for special occasions and answered prayers, (especially…..). Lord, in Your mercy,

People: Hear our prayer. 

Pastor:     Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your promise to hear us. 

People: Amen.


Pastor:     The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.  The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

People:  Amen. 

CLOSING HYMN: “Blessed Assurance”                 TOSB 16

By: Fanny J Crosby & Mrs. J.F. Knapp © 1971 by William J. Gaither. The Fellowship Publications.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story, This is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,

Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

Angels descending bring from above

Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story, This is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,

I in my Savior am happy and blest;

Watching and waiting, looking above,

Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story, This is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long.


Pastor:  Go in Peace.  Serve the Lord. 

People:  Thanks be to God.



CAMP GOOD NEWS hosted by Child Evangelism Fellowship July 26-30 is open for registration.  The camp will be at the Philomath Scout Lodge.  Application and brochure with information can be found on the book shelf in the entry way of the church.