Third Sunday after Pentecost
June 13, 2021 Online Interactive Worship Bulletin

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Preparing for God's Word



Choral Introit

#2015, “Bless His Holy Name”


Bless the Lord, O my soul

And all that is within me

Bless His holy name

For He has done great things,

He has done great things

He has done Great things

Bless His holy name


Call to Worship

[based on Psalm 103: 1-5]

Leader: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me,
People: Bless his holy name.

Leader: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—

People: He who forgives all our iniquities,  who heals all our diseases, who redeems our lives from the Pit,  who crowns us with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies us with good as long as we live so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Leader: Let us worship our great Lord!

Preparing for God's Word

Hymn of Adoration

#35, “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”


Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e'er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.


Praise to the Lord, oh, let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him;
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

Prayer of Confession 

All: Most gracious and merciful God, we confess that time after time we enter your presence with countless prayers but with hearts that have been closed to your grace. We have lifted our hands to you in praise, but our feet have still walked in the ways of evil. We have rehearsed your commandments but have refused to see your face in the needs of our neighbor. We pray, Lord, that you forgive our lack of faith and pardon our acts of selfishness. Grant us the healing that comes from your presence and the cleansing of your all-powerful Word,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Assurance of Pardon

[based on 1 Timothy 15, 17]

Leader: Hear the Good News… words you may trust.. words that merit full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

People: To all who confess their sins and resolve to lead a new life, he says, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Leader: Jesus also says, “Follow me.”
People: Now to the one who rules all worlds, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Praise God.


Hearing God's Word

Hymn of Preparation

#450, ”Be Thou My Vision"


Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light


Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my Great Father, and I Thy true son
Thou with me dwelling and I with Thee one

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tow’r:
Raise Thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.

Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise
Thou mine inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only first in my heart
High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art


High King of heaven, after victory won
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Son
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O ruler of all

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art

Thou my best thought, by day or by night

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

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Prayer of Illumination

Living God, help us to hear your holy Word with open hearts so that we may truly understand; and, understanding, that we may believe; and, believing, that we may follow in all faithfulness and obedience, seeking your honor and glory in all that we do. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 20

1   May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.  2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.  3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. Selah 4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.  6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.  7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.  8 They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.  9 O LORD, save the king! Answer us when we call!




"Psalm 20...Saint, Sinner & Human"


Responding to God’s Word

Responding to God’s Word

Affirmation of Faith

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;

who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, dead, and buried.

He descended into hell.

The third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven,

and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.

From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


Hymn of Response

#837, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”


What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!


Leaning, leaning

Safe and secure from all alarms

Leaning, leaning,

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!

Prayers of the People

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right for us to give thanks and praise.


[particular prayers]


Leader:  Lord in your mercy

People:  Hear our prayers.


The Lord's Prayer

All: 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 today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.



“Rain Down”  


[2 Thessalonians 2:16-17]

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace
gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage our hearts and strengthen us in every good deed and word. Amen.


Benediction Response

#2066, “Praise the Name of Jesus”


Praise the name of Jesus

Praise the name of Jesus

He's my Rock

He's my Fortress

He's my Deliverer

In Him will I trust

Praise the name of Jesus


"I Believe!""

Union Presbyterian Church

5615 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056

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