Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Year B)

Sentences, adapted from Psalms 9 and 107

We shall give thanks to the Lord with our whole hearts!
We shall tell of God's wonderful deeds.
We will be glad and exult in the name of the Lord, most high!
The Lord sits enthroned forever; God is our stronghold for all eternity.

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good and his steadfast love persists throughout the ages.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! God has redeemed us from our troubles!
While we are hungry and thirsty, and our souls faint within,
The Lord satisfies our needs and fills our lives with good things.

Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness and wisdom. 
Praise the Lord of all mercy; 
Praise the Lord!

Call to Confession, adapted from 2 Corinthians 6

As we work together with God, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For the Lord says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

Prayer of Confession

Merciful Lord,
Grant to us endurance in affliction, hardship, and calamity.
Purify us. 
Instill in our minds true knowledge and in our hearts, perfect patience. 
May we be people united by the peace of Christ, ever-worshiping at your throne.
Prepare us.
Send us your Spirit of holiness, truth, and love,
That we may be purged of wrongdoing and contention,
And receive the victory you have already achieved.
In the name of your son Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, 
We pray all things,

Assurance of Pardon

Our soul is satisfied in God alone. Our redemption is found in Christ, and our hope finds comfort in the Holy Spirit.

Prayer for Illumination

God of certainty and Lord of all generations, 
Out of the whirlwind you have called to us.
Bring rain upon the land.
Bring life to your creation.
And bring clarity to our hearts and minds as we receive your Word. Amen.

Hymns and Songs of Praise Suggestions

"In the Lord, I'll Be Ever Thankful"
"Will You Come and Follow Me?" 
"Most High, Omnipotent, Good Lord"
"Be Still My Soul (the Lord Is on Thy Side)"
"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling"

Written by Katherine Lee Baker