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June 20 2021 Father's Day

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This Is My Father's World

This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears, all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.


A Father's Day Call to Worship

(based on Psalm 68:4-5, 19)

Leader: Come, sing praises to God! Rejoice in his presence! For he is our God:

a Father to the fatherless, and the defender of all who need protection; the One in whom the lonely find a home, and the prisoner finds release.

People: Bless the Lord, the God of our salvation, who sustains and strengthens us, day after day!

Leader: Let’s worship God together!

A Prayer for Fathers


Hymn: Faith of Our Fathers


Scripture: Mark 4:35-41 (NRSV)

Jesus Stills a Storm

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sermon: Do Not Be Afraid

Pastor Emily Denmark McGee

Lectionary Series

The famous Broadway musical, Carousel, is about love and loss and essentially, fatherhood.  

The beloved song "You'll Never Walk Alone" is the same message Jesus had for his disciples that day on the lake.


You'll Never Walk Alone - Marcus Mumford

These are uncertain times for so many people, and we get that. We’re trying to pursue a “both/and” approach - to find out how we can support our literal neighbours, whilst also thinking of those further away who need our help more than ever. 

All record royalties and record company profits from this song will go to Grenfell Foundation and Warchild UK. I work with both organizations, I have been in contact with them throughout the COVID pandemic, they’re doing amazing work supporting vulnerable people, but it’s really hard right now. To find out more, or to make a donation of your own to their extraordinary work, please see these links: https://mumford.lnk.to/donateID

I recorded this song after a conversation with my dear friend Jason Sudeikis. My friend Reuben James came down and played piano on it and if you don’t know his work go check it out because he’s a genius. MM


Blessing: Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed a dream.

As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.

Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.

For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,

One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,

I looked back at the footprints in the sand.

I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,

especially at the very lowest and saddest times,

there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.

"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,

You'd walk with me all the way.

But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,

there was only one set of footprints.

I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you

Never, ever, during your trials and testings.

When you saw only one set of footprints,

It was then that I carried you."

(authorship disputed)

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 20, 202,1 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year B.

1st Reading: 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49

Psalm: Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13

Gospel: Mark 4:35-41