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St. Paul Lutheran Church


Sunday, June 20, 2021


Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him, he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.

Sunday, June 20, 2021



Gathering Making room for God


8:45a.m. – The Sanctuary welcomes all into quiet contemplation.  For the sake of those around you, please respect this centering time.


Welcome – Visioning


* Announcements


Please bring your offerings to the basket at the front of the church. Thank you for your gifts.


P          We pause to ask God what he would have us do and listen for his response.


All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

P          Blessed be the holy Trinity,☩ one God, the God of manna, the God of miracles,

the God of mercy.

C         Amen.

P          Drawn to Christ and seeking God’s abundance, let us confess our sin.

Silence is kept for reflection.

P          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 again to you. Where else can we turn?

Share with us the words of eternal life and feed us for life in the world.

C         Amen.

P          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.

C         Amen.


*GATHERING SONG:                                          



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

C         And also with you.  


*CANTICLE OF PRAISE                                                              Pg. 148



P          O God of creation, eternal majesty, you preside over land and sea, sunshine and storm. By your strength pilot us, by your power preserve us, by your wisdom instruct us, and by your hand protect us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.



God speaks to us in Scripture readings, preaching and song

* First Reading: The 1st reading is from the book of Job 38:1-11

At the end of the book of Job, after Job and his companions have argued about the cause of the great suffering Job endures, God finally speaks. These verses begin that speech, which is a grand vision of creation, describing God’s ordering of the cosmos and inviting Job to marvel at its beauty.

1The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3Gird up your loins like a man,
  I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
  Tell me, if you have understanding.
5Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
  Or who stretched the line upon it?
6On what were its bases sunk,
  or who laid its cornerstone
7when the morning stars sang together
  and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?
8“Or who shut in the sea with doors
  when it burst out from the womb?—
9when I made the clouds its garment,
  and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10and prescribed bounds for it,
  and set bars and doors,
11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
  and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?”


A         Word of God, word of life.                C   Thanks be to God.


* PSALM: Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

You stilled the storm and silenced the waves of the sea. (Ps. 107:29)

1Give thanks to the Lord, for the | Lord is good,
  for God’s mercy en- | dures forever.
2Let the redeemed of the | Lord proclaim
  that God redeemed them from the hand | of the foe,
3gathering them in | from the lands;
  from the east and from the west, from the north and | from the south.

    23Some went down to the | sea in ships,
  plying their trade | in deep waters. R
24They beheld the works | of the Lord,
  God’s wonderful works | in the deep.
25Then God spoke, and a stormy | wind arose,
  which tossed high the waves | of the sea.
26They mounted up to the heavens and descended | to the depths;
  their souls melted away | in their peril.
27They staggered and | reeled like drunkards,
  and all their skill was of | no avail.
28Then in their trouble they cried | to the Lord,
  and you delivered them from | their distress.
29You stilled the storm | to a whisper
  and silenced the waves | of the sea. R
30Then were they glad when | it grew calm,
  when you guided them to the harbor | they desired.
31Let them give thanks to you, Lord, for your | steadfast love
  and your wonderful works | for all people.
32Let them exalt you in the assembly | of the people;
  in the council of the elders, let them sing | hallelujah! R

*Second Reading: Is from the book of 2 Corinthians 6:1-13

Paul and his fellow workers experience great hardships and even rejection while carrying out their missionary work. Nevertheless, Paul continuously proclaims that God has not rejected us but is graciously working for our salvation.

1As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For he 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! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

  11We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also


A         Word of God, word of life.                C   Thanks be to God.



Thank you for wearing your mask during the entire service.


P          The holy Gospel according to Mark 4:35-41

C         Glory be to you, O Lord

Jesus’ calming of the storm on the sea reveals his power over evil, since the sea represents evil and chaos. The boat on the sea is a symbol of the church and invites us to trust God amid life’s turbulence.

35When evening had come, [Jesus said to the disciples,] “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

 P         The gospel of the Lord.                                  C         Praise to you, O Christ.



* HYMN OF THE DAY:                             TBA

* APOSTLES creed

P          Let us profess our faith reciting the Apostles’ Creed found on page 105 of your hymnal.



A         Let us come before the triune God in prayer.

A brief silence.

A         Holy God, you gather your people from east and west, north and south. We pray for the mission of the church throughout the world, that your steadfast love may be made known to all peoples. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


A         You laid the foundations of the earth and the waters are the womb of creation. The morning stars sing your name and all creation shouts for joy. We pray for your blessed creation, that it may continue to flourish and magnify your glory. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


A         You keep watch over all nations. We pray for countries experiencing violence, hunger, and unrest. Guide worldwide and local community organizations in their efforts to establish safety and justice. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


A         You are close to the brokenhearted and near to those in distress. We pray for those who are experiencing oppression. Liberate us from the systems and chains that bind us. Remove the barriers that separate us from one another. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


A         You dwell with us in this faith community. We pray for our leaders and elders. Grant them knowledge, patience, and kindness, that through their leadership you may be exalted in this assembly. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


A         Your love endures in all situations. On this Father’s Day, we pray for those who are fathers or wish to be fathers, for those with broken or strained relationships, for those who are missing their fathers, and for fathers who have lost children. Bless and strengthen them. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


P          We lift our prayers to you, O God, trusting in your abiding grace.

C         Amen.



Jesus, Bread of life, you have set this table with your very self, and called us to the feast of plenty. Gather what has been sown among us, and strengthen us in this meal. Make us to be what we receive here, your body for the life of the world.

C         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 God our thanks and praise.



P          It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God. You reveal your glory as the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: equal in majesty, undivided in splendor, one Lord, one God, ever to be adored in your eternal glory. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:




*EUCHARISTIC PRAYER                                                           pg: 109

Pastor to offer Eucharistic Prayer-    

C         Amen.



*Lord’s Prayer

P          Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit; let us pray as Jesus taught us:

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.



A         Jesus, Bread of life, we have received from your table more than we could ever ask. As you have nourished us in this meal, now strengthen us to love the world with your own life. In your name we pray.

C         Amen.



P          The blessing of God, who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us,

☩ be upon you now and forever.

C         Amen.


*SENDING SONG:                                                 



The blessing of God, who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us,

☩ be upon you now and forever.



*Please wait until the usher dismisses your row. Thank you for your cooperation.


P          Go in peace. You are the body of Christ.

C         Thanks be to God.


*PRAISE SONG:                             TBA



Eileen Turner

Alexis Sharp

Karen DiTomasso

Anita DiVita

Laurie Colburn

Mark DellaVecchia

Terry Luther

Alice Colburn

Valerie Francis

Jerry Fedorovich

Audrey Schipul

Chuck Ford

Darlyne Wadhams

Nancy Merrow

Mary Bailey-Keefe

Charlie Gray

Mary Lynn Gagnon

Judy Ford

Sharon Gray

Bob Johnson

Skip Henke

Kerry Ekstrom

Gene Bald

Aadil Dar

Haley Mitnick

Cesar Deleon Mena

Aabid Dar

Robin Miessau

Matt Bendzinski

Ashiq Reshi

Tom Seleman

Mia Devine

Zahid Bhat

Catherine Pollack

Alex Farkash





Bold names are members, non-bold names are Non-members.

 Also, victims of disaster and those affected by and serving in wars, and all those we name aloud or in our hearts before you now.





June 20, 2021


Just as We Are

Jesus spent a day beside the sea teaching, and then the disciples took him in a boat “just as he was” (Mark 4:36). These are easy words to skip past between the wisdom of parables and the stilling of the sea. After a day of teaching to the masses, Jesus was tired. Indeed, he fell asleep in the boat. Perhaps he was hungry. He was already being followed everywhere by an ever-growing crowd, given little time to himself for rest. It was Jesus, “just as he was,” who calmed the storm. This was not the transfigured Jesus or the resurrected Jesus, but the fully human (and fully divine) Jesus after a long day.

Psalm 139 reminds us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (v. 14). Yet we often struggle to let people encounter us just as we are. Some of us have been conditioned to believe that “just as you are” is not good enough, smart enough, or worthy of attention, credit, or love. Others have been praised for perfection and must strive to maintain that image.

Most of us have some way of hiding bits of ourselves and our experiences. This may look like a wall of silence and a minimum of words, or a flood of information that reveals no more than the silence. We have all learned to live with a mixture of our own secrets, doubts, fears, and hopes. Our public selves reveal some, but not all, of who we are.

What if “just as we are” is exactly where we are most powerful and most able to bless others? What if “just as we are” is where we are most able to bring grace and peace to our families, friends, coworkers, and neighbors? Come to worship today just as you are, and know that is right where Jesus meets you and calls you into service.







Congratulations to Alyssa Prozzo, recipient of the St. Paul scholarship award.  Alyssa is entering her 4th year at Fairfield University, majoring in Environmental Studies. Good luck Alyssa and may God bless you on your future endeavors.



Jolene would like to invite any member or non-member who would like a ride to church on Sundays to please contact her. “I will be happy to pick them up (and return them home). My phone number is 860-204-2518”


* Our New England Synod representative Rev. Steven Wilco Associate to the Bishop can be reached at 413-658-4222.



*St Paul Newsletter- The next Newsletter will be in mid-June.

Please share birthdays & special anniversary. Favorite quotes or saying. Share pictures

and memories from Easter Past.

*    Please submit any items to email

Concerts in the Park at on Plymouth Green. Wednesdays,  6:00 PM

Jul. 7        Clearview

Jul. 14      The Rakes

Jul. 21      60′ Satisfaction

Jul. 28      Maestro’s Men

Aug. 4      Rubber City

Aug 27 – Aug 29                      Terryville Country Fair


white lily flower

Photo by Trina Snow on




Please note: We stand with many in the faith community – including His Holiness  Pope Francis, The Dali Lama, Presiding ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton – who are calling us to remember that we who call ourselves Christian are not to condemn another because of their faith or ethnicity. As a nation of immigrants, we proudly endorse the heritage of this land, proclaiming with Emma Lazurus the words emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


Notice: Pledges (time, financial gifts and your personal talents) allow the church some idea of what we may plan for the future. Pledges may be mailed in to 134 Main Street Terryville CT 06786 Attn: Finance, dropped in the offering plate or communicated to the staff. Remember God only asks for 10% off the top – won’t you consider tithing this year?



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St Paul Luther Church Christmas Season December  2019


Saint Lucinda Sunday 2nd week in Advent



Christmas Eve 2019

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Aug. 16, 2015 – St Paul served 110 people at Cathedral of the night, click on this link for pictures…

Cathedral Of the Night

St Paul children’s dowel team in action, click here


Confirmation Food Drive


Annual Meeting


“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Corrie ten Boom

Our Advent altar

Members color in our Advent banner


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