4th Sunday after Pentecost – June 16, 2024 

 8:00 a.m. Contemplative Communion 

 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel and on Facebook Live

Ken’s song selection for this week is:

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4th Sunday after Pentecost – Father’s Day

June 16, 2024, 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel and on Facebook Live

Classic Communion Service

We honor the Kumeyaay Nation, on whose ancestral lands we have made our home.

Holy Communion will be part of this service. Here at Gethsemane we practice open communion, meaning all who believe in the power of Jesus Christ to bring salvation are welcome to join in. In our Lutheran understanding, both sacraments—Baptism and Holy Communion—are best conducted among the gathered assembly. If you are present on this live-stream, you are present in our assembly. The body of Christ is not limited by place or time, so even if you are on the replay of this service, you are part of our assembly. Any bread and any wine or grape juice will do. If you are celebrating as a family or group, please feel free to break the bread into the right number of portions or have a separate piece for each person. Same with the cup. You may have one cup for all or each member gathered uses a separate cup. We believe the Christ is fully present in both Word and Sacrament, in both the bread and the wine/grape juice so if you only have one or the other, or even if you refrain from communion, you are not missing out on the grace of God. We understand both the Word and Sacraments as the means of grace. Remember it is not the type of bread or wine, nor is it the quantity, but it is your faith in taking the elements that is the window for the Holy Spirit to enter your life.

In the interactive part of the liturgy, the leader’s part is in regular text. The people’s response is in bold. All people are welcome to sing along with the songs where the lyrics are printed.



“Change My Heart, O God”                     ELW #801

      Change my heart, O God;

      make it ever true.

      Change my heart, O God;

      may I be like you.

      You are the potter;

      I am the clay.

      Mold me and make me;

      this is what I pray.

      Change my heart, O God;

      make it ever true.

      Change my heart, O God;

      may I be like you.

Text: Eddie Espinosa, b. 1953

Text © 1982 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing, admin. Music Services



Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,

the God of manna,

the God of miracles,

the God of mercy.


Beloved people of God:

in Jesus, the manna from heaven,

you are fed and nourished.

By Jesus, the worker of miracles,

there is always more than enough.

Through Jesus, ☩ the bread of life,

you are shown God’s mercy:

you are forgiven and loved into abundant life.


Drawn to Christ and seeking God’s abundance,

we confess our need for your grace.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God, our provider, help us.

It is hard to believe there is enough to share.

We question your ways when they differ from the ways

of the world in which we live.

We turn to our own understanding

rather than trusting in you.

We take offense at your teachings and your ways.

Turn us back to you.

Where else would we turn?

Share with us the words of eternal life

and feed us for life in the world.


Freed and forgiven, we turn ourselves, heart and soul, to worship.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.


O God, you are the tree of life, offering shelter to all the world. Graft us into yourself and nurture our growth, that we may bear your truth and love to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.


CHOIR ANTHEM                                                                                        “Freely, Freely”





In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found;

Christ is my light, my strength, my song;

This cornerstone, this solid ground,

firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!

My comforter, my all in all –

here in the love of Christ I stand.

No guilt in life, no fear in death-

this is the pow’r of Christ in me.
From life’s first cry to final breath,

Jesus commands my destiny.

No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,

can ever pluck me from His hand;

Till he returns and calls me home–

here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.


Mark 4:26-34

Jesus frequently uses parables to teach ordinary people as they are able to hear and understand. Images of sowing and growing show the vitality of God’s kingdom.

2 Corinthians 5:6, 16-17

Paul encourages believers to live by faith and not by sight. We do not consider Jesus from a human perspective but through the eyes of faith, believing he died for all and was raised. All who are in Christ are now in God’s new creation.


1 Samuel 15:34—16:13

Saul, anointed by the prophet Samuel as the first king of Israel, displeases the Lord. The Lord therefore sends Samuel to Bethlehem, where he anoints David, the youngest of the sons of Jesse, to succeed Saul as king.

SERMON                                                                                                       Pastor Karla


“Build Us Up, Lord”                      ELW #670


1    Build us up, Lord, build us up;

set in us a strong foundation.

Lead us to do your holy will;

form and shape your new creation.

Build us up, Lord, build us up;

as we guide and teach each other,

help us to share your love with the world:

ev’ry sister, ev’ry brother.


Growing in Christ, we plant seeds for the kingdom;

we follow in faith what’s begun!

Lord, set in our hearts the pow’r of your word

to spread the news of your Son!

2    Build us up, Lord, build us up;

let our lives reflect your glory.

Cast away all our doubts and fears;

help us tell the world your story.

Build us up, Lord, build us up;

help us bear good fruit for you,

Lord, give us vision and keep us sure.

Grant us faith that’s steadfast and true.   Refrain

Text: Mark Glaeser, b. 1956, and Donna Hanna, b. 1952

Text © 2003 Augsburg Fortress.





Those who trust in this world’s powers will collapse and fall,
                        but we praise the Lord’s name, standing tall and strong.

(Psalm 20:7-8 paraphrased)





We have prayed. We have sung.  We have heard the Word. Now, being thankful for the ministry we are called to do, we are invited to offer ourselves; our time, talents and treasure in faithful witness of the good things God has done for us and in confidence that our worship extends beyond this place and time. Your financial contributions are gratefully accepted to further the life and ministry of Gethsemane Lutheran. Thank you.



One: And now, join me in praying as our Lord Jesus taught us…

All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done,

on earth as 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.













“For the Fruit of All Creation”                ELW #679


1    For the fruit of all creation,

      thanks be to God.

      For these gifts to ev’ry nation,

      thanks be to God.

      For the plowing, sowing, reaping,

      silent growth while we are sleeping,

      future needs in earth’s safekeeping,

      thanks be to God.

2    In the just reward of labor,

      God’s will is done.

      In the help we give our neighbor,

      God’s will is done.

      In our worldwide task of caring

      for the hungry and despairing,

      in the harvests we are sharing,

      God’s will is done.

3    For the harvests of the Spirit,

      thanks be to God.

      For the good we all inherit,

      thanks be to God.

      For the wonders that astound us,

      for the truths that still confound us,

      most of all, that love has found us,

      thanks be to God.

Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1903-2000

Text © 1970 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.



You are the body of Christ.

We are the body of Christ, indeed!

So go in peace

To explore the Faith

Live in peace

To express our faith to others

Share the peace

By inviting others to join us on this journey.





Reading synopsis, Prayer of the Day, and cover art from Sundays and Seasons. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Please visit our Web site at www.augsburgfortress.org. All music is used with permission under CCLI #3225965.