June 27

CCLI license #1913561

Lakeview Presbyterian Church Service, June 27, 2021
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Questions for Reflection:

What does it mean to you to reach out to Jesus?  How has Jesus touched you?

“Spirit, Open My Heart”   MUSIC: Trad. Irish, TEXT: Ruth Duck sung by Keisha Prime

Spirit, open my heart to the joy and pain of living. As you love may I love, in receiving and in giving. Spirit, open my heart. Write your love upon my heart as my law, my goal, my story. In each thought, word, and deed, may my living bring you glory.

Call to Worship

Sing praises to God, give thanks for God’s name.
For God clothes us with strength and joy and God turns our mourning to dancing.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
God’s mercies are everlasting. They are new every morning.
Great is God’s faithfulness.

Hymn “O, God Our Help in Ages Past”       #TPH # 210

Prayer for Illumination

Loving God, your Word has the power to restore our lives.  Open our hearts to the  presence of your Spirit.  Amen.

Reading from the Second Epistle to the Corinthians 8: 1, 7—15
Now, friends, I want to report on the surprising and generous ways in which God is working in the churches in Macedonia province. That’s what prompted us to ask Titus to bring the relief offering to your attention, so that what was so well begun could be finished up. You do so well in so many things— you trust God, you’re articulate, you’re insightful, you’re passionate, you love us—now, do your best in this, too. I’m not trying to order you around against your will. But by bringing in the Macedonians’ enthusiasm as a stimulus to your love, I am hoping to bring the best out of you. You are familiar with the generosity of our Master, Jesus Christ. Rich as he was, he gave it all away for us—in one stroke he became poor and we became rich. So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands. This isn’t so others can take it easy while you sweat it out. No, you’re shoulder to shoulder with them all the way, your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit. In the end you come out even. As it is written,
Nothing left over to the one with the most,
Nothing lacking to the one with the least.

Reading from the Gospel of Mark 5: 25—34 
 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well." Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, 'Who touched me?'" He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."

Hymn  (please remain seated)  “He Touched Me”     AAHH # 273

Sermon      “Who Touched Me?”   The Rev. Russell Lehman

Sermon by The Rev. Russell Lehman

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (Ecumenical)
  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
  your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
  Give us today our daily bread.
  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen.

Statement about Offering our Gifts 

Let us humbly share our abundance with others, as we trust in Christ who though he  was rich became poor for our sake and has promised to provide for all our needs

      Donations can be mailed to Lakeview Presbyterian Church at 1310 22 nd Av S,  St Petersburg, FL, 33705 or given online through our website  lakeviewpresbyterianchurch.org

Prayer of Dedication

Holy God, we thank you for the joy of generosity and a genuine love for those who are in need.  Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts and upon our lives that together we  may bring healing and hope to the world in Christ’s name. Amen.

Hymn   “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”             TPH # 369

Charge and Blessing
My sisters and brothers, the Holy One has created you for good.  Delight in God, work for justice, and walk in peace, and the blessing of God, who creates, redeems,  and restores, be with you now and always.

Postlude “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” African American Spiritual sung by Keisha Prime

Every Time I Feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray,
Every Time I feel the Spirit, moving in my heart I will pray.

Upon the mountain, when my God spoke, Out of God’s mouth came fire and smoke.
All around me, it looked so shine, I asked my Lord if all was mine.
‘Ol Jordan River, chilly and cold, It chills the body but not the soul.
There ain’t but one train that’s on this track, It runs to heaven and runs right back. Refrain