Eighth Sunday after Pentecost




P: Called, gathered, enlightened and sanctified by the Holy Spirit of God, we worship in the name of God the Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit.


P: Let us come humbly before God and our brothers and sisters in the faith, confessing our sins, known and unknown, trusting in God’s gracious word of forgiveness.

~Silence for self-reflection and examination~

P: Holy God who brings life out of death and transforms the whole creation with a Word, forgive our disobedience and breathe on us the Spirit of your righteousness.

Free us from the power of sin, death, and the devil in our lives; renew us with your loving Spirit as you bring us from death in sin to life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Make us your instruments of peace and love in the world and free us from all that seeks to enslave us, trusting that your will for us is that we would be free to live fully into your mercy and grace. Amen.

P: By the command and authority of Christ, I declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son +, and of the Holy Spirit. For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

C: Amen.

OPENING HYMN - LBW # 369 “The Church’s One Foundation”

1 The church's one foundation Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is his new creation,water and the word.
From heav'n he came and sought herbe his holy bride;
With his own blood he bought her, And for her life he died.
2 Elect from ev'ry nation, Yet one o'er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation: One Lord, one faith, one birth.
One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses With ev'ry grace endued.

3 Though with a scornful wonder,world sees her oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder, By heresies distressed,
Yet saints their watch are keeping, Their cry goes up, "How long?"
And soon the night of weeping Shall be the morn of song.
4 Through toil and tribulation tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation Of peace forevermore;
Till with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great church victorious Shall be the church at rest.
5 Yet she on earth has union With God, the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion With those whose rest is won.
O blessed heav'nly chorus!, save us by your,
That we, like saints before us, May see you face to face.


P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ who grants us life eternal, the glory of the Father who created us in love, and the power of the Holy Spirit who forgives and renews our life, be with you all.
C: And also with you.


A: In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
A: For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
A: For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
A: For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
A: Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C: Amen.

P:Let us pray…Shepherding God, through your Son’s cross you draw all people to yourself and reconcile the relationship between you and your world which we so carelessly neglect and fracture. Teach us to be your healing and reconciling presence in a wounded world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.

FIRST READING Jeremiah 23:1-6
1“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. 2Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord. 3Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord. 5“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’”

A: Here ends the reading
C: Thanks be to God.
PSALMS Psalm 23
1The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not be in want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.

3He revives my soul
and guides me along right pathways for his name’s sake.

4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;
you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.

6Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days | of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
SECOND READING Ephesians 2:11-22
11Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands — 12remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
A: Here ends the reading
C: Thanks be to God.


C: Alleluia, Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life, Alleluia, Alleluia.

GOSPEL Mark 6:30-44

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark the sixth chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

30The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42And they all ate and were satisfied. 43And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON                                   Pastor Kelly

C: 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 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 catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


P: You are our good Shepherd, Lord. We thank you for watching over us and leading us in your will and your ways in this world. Grant us peace in times of trouble. Keep us safe as we navigate the dangers of this world, and comfort us in our grief. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Holy God, you grant us rest and renewal on the Sabbath and at other times when we are able to get away from work, school, and the daily demands of life. Be with all who are traveling or on vacation, so they may be rejuvenated and restored with great energy when they return home. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

P: Sovereign Lord, you work for justice and mercy through all the leaders in this world. Give them the mind of Christ so they would look out for their peoples’ best interests and not their own. Give them wisdom and counsel so they will walk in your ways and lead with integrity and honesty. Lord in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Healing God, comfort all who suffer with chronic pain or illness, addiction, depression, or loneliness. [Especially we pray for… .] Bring them all to your tender embrace of healing and love. Lord in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer. Amen.


C: Let the vineyards be fruitful, Lord, and fill to the brim our cup of blessing. Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown, that we may be fed with the bread of life. Gather the hopes and the dreams of all; unite them with the prayers we offer now. Grace our table with your presence, and give us a foretaste of the feast to come.
A: Let us pray...Benevolent God,
you have granted us in abundance with all the good things that life has to offer. May we be truly grateful for our daily bread, even as we return a portion of what you have first given us as a sign of our humility and thanksgiving for your bounteous gifts. Let the treasures we have received from you be used to serve the world you love. Amen.


P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.


P: It is indeed right and salutary …
… we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


C: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might: Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat: this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.


C: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


C: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: grant us peace.



P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
C: Amen.


C: Thank the Lord and sing his praise; tell everyone what he has done. Let all
who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear his name. He recalls his promises
and leads his people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia. Alleluia.


P: Let us pray: Holy and Eternal God, you have fed, nourished, and forgiven us at your holy table. Send us now into the world to share the good news of your salvation with all we meet, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
C: Amen.


P: In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom and whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
C: Amen.

HYMN - LBW # 479 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”

1 My faith looks up to thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!hear me while I pray; Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this daywholly thine!
2 May thy rich grace impart Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire;thou hast died for me,, may my love to thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,living fire!
3 While life’s dark maze I tread And griefs around me spread,
Be thou my guide; Bid darkness turn to day, Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray From thee aside.
4 When ends life's transient dream, When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall oe'r me roll;Savior, then, in loveand distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,ransomed soul!

A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

 The Word of God — Weekly Scripture Inserts. Scripture taken from ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Psalms are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (public domain). Logo and art by Sola Publishing (www.solapublishing.com). Permission is granted for subscribers to reproduce this sheet for local congregational use. 

9:00 AM Worship
As the safety protocols for the covid pandemic are being eased, New Hope has resumed in-person worship beginning at 9:00 am each Sunday.  If you are unable to attend, we will have the service as Pastor Kelly provides it for St. Mark's in Salisbury placed on this website under Virtual Worship as soon as it is available.