Worship Service for June 30, 2024

June 30, 2024 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

A livestream of this service will take place on our YouTube channel on Sunday, June 30, at 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time. A video recording of the live stream will be available on our YouTube channel from 6:00 PM EDT on Sunday, June 30.

Previous livestreams and other worship and musical content is available on our YouTube channel. You can also check out our entire worship services archive. Our SoundCloud channel has yet more music and worship content.



Lighting of the Christ Candle

This is the Christ Candle. We light the candle to help us remember that Jesus Christ, the light of the world, is with us in every place and every time.

Call to Worship

One: Out of the depths we cry to the Lord.
All: We will wait upon the Lord.

One: Hope in the Lord!
All: For with God there is steadfast love;

One: With God there is great power to redeem.
All: So we offer prayers and praise to God in whom we trust.

Opening Hymn

Great is thy faithfulness” (Book of Praise 1997, Hymn 324). Words (1923) by American poet and Methodist minister Thomas Obadiah Chisholm (1866–1960). Music (1923; tune: “Faithfulness”) by American composer William M. Runyan (1870–1957). Words and music in the public domain.

Prayers of Approach and Confession, & Lord’s Prayer (sins)

Great and gracious God,
your glory speaks in the beauty of creation, your majesty stretches to the depths of space. You are the wellspring of hope and the fountain of healing mercy. We marvel at your love that overflows in our lives and into the world you have made. We worship you in gratitude, offering you our trust because you have come to us in Christ Jesus. Receive our love and loyalty, offered to you each day as the Spirit prays within us.

Great and merciful God,
We confess we sometimes lose trust in you. When we feel desperate, we wonder where you are. In the face of tragedy or disaster, we ask how you could let such things happen. We forget to reach out to you. Forgive us, O God, when we give up on your love. Reassure us that your love in Christ Jesus will never let us go.

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.

Declaration of Pardon

Jesus said, “Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Friends, trust that peace and forgiveness are God’s gift to you this day. Be renewed by the power of the Spirit that moves with you into each new day.
All: Thanks be to God!

The Peace

One: The Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
All: And also with you.

The Life and Work of the Church (Announcements)

Guildwood Senior Choir Presents

Fun with the Young at Heart (children’s story)

We sing verse 1 of “Jesus loves me this I know”.

Jesus loves me, this I know” (Book of Praise 1997, Hymn 373). Words (1859 or 1860) by American writer Anna Bartlett Warner (1827–1915). Revisions to v2 and v3 by Canadian Anglican priest David Rutherford McGuire (1929–1971). Music (1862; tune: “Jesus loves me”) by American musician William Batchelder Bradbury (1816–1868). Words, revisions, and music in the public domain.

Scripture Reading

Mark 5:21–43  <– this links to on-line text of the NRSV bible

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Mark 5:21–43

21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him, and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue, named Jairus, came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and pleaded with him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from a flow of blood for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians and had spent all that she had, and she was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, “If I but touch his cloak, I will be made well.” 29 Immediately her flow of blood stopped, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my cloak?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the synagogue leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the synagogue leader, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38 When they came to the synagogue leader’s house, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” 42 And immediately the girl stood up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this and told them to give her something to eat.


Please, join our Sunday worship service at 11 am, either in person or virtually, to hear the full version of the sermon.


“Help us accept each other” (Book of Praise 1997, Hymn 632). Words (1975) by Anglo-Dutch clergyman Fred Kaan (1929–2009). Music (1975: tune: “Baronita”) by Anglo-Jamaican violinist, choir director, and composer Doreen Potter (1925–1980). Words and music copyright © 1975 Hope Publishing Co.; used by permission of One License, license number 722141-A.


As Jesus gave himself for us, let us return to God the offerings of our life and the gifts of the earth.

Offering – Musical Reflection

We remind everyone that we must continue to pay our bills; in the absence of being present at Sunday worship, you may sign up for pre-authorized remittance (PAR), donate online, or drop off your offering envelope in the mailbox at the church. Do not leave a cash donation unattended in the mailbox; instead, please call the office (416.261.4037) to ensure someone will be there to receive it. The building will be checked daily for mail and phone messages. If you are not comfortable leaving an envelope, you are welcome to contact the office (once again, 416.261.4037) and someone will pick up your offering.

Dedication of our Gifts

Our offering will now be received.

Doxology 306

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow” (Book of Praise 1997, Hymn 306). Based on the tune “Old 100th” with words (1989) by English hymnwriter Brian A. Wren (1936–). Words copyright © 1989 Hope Publishing Co.; used by permission of One License, license number 722141-A. Music public domain.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise God all creatures high and low;
praise God in Jesus fully known,
Creator Word and Spirit One.

Prayer of dedication

Compassionate God, we offer you our gifts with grateful hearts, glad to know you keep reaching out to the world you love. Bless what we bring, and use us and our gifts to touch the world with your healing grace through Christ, our Saviour and friend. Amen.

The Prayer of Healing and Reconciliation

Lord Jesus Christ,
You are our source of peace and healing, and we are grateful. Today we pray for each one who faces choices and decisions about their health — for those trying to follow good diets and exercise enough; for all waiting for appointments or wondering if they should make another; for any who find caring for their health frustrating, and for all facing pain or anxiety day by day.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You are our source of wisdom and generosity, and we are grateful. Today we pray for each one facing hard choices about finances — for those struggling with bills and budgets; for those torn between covering necessities and enjoying a treat; for those who want to be generous and yet feel overwhelmed by all the need.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You are our source of love and forgiveness, and we are grateful. Today we pray for each one facing choices about their relationships. We pray for people we ought to call but just haven’t; for those with whom we feel a grievance and have been avoiding; We pray for those we’d like to invite into closer relationship but haven’t yet; and for those we miss dearly and need to tell how much we cherish them.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You are the source of rest and right relationship for God’s whole creation, and we are grateful. We pray for the earth, its many creatures and habitats competing for survival, for its scarce resources and its abundant beauty.

Challenge us to live out our good intentions for the earth in our lifestyle choices, big and small, so that your kingdom may come on earth not by disaster but through discipleship. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Precious Lord, take my hand” (Book of Praise 1997, Hymn 675). Words (1938) by American composer and evangelist Thomas Andrew Dorsey (1899–1993). Music (1938; tune “Precious Lord”) also by Dorsey, drawing upon an 1844 hymn tune, “Maitland”. Words and music copyright © 1938 Unichappell Music Inc; used by permission of One License, license number 722141-A.

Changing the Light

Now, it is time to change the light. The light that was in one place can now be in every place and every time going with you wherever you go.


May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (the risen Christ), the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you always. AMEN.


“Danish Amen” (Book of Praise 1997, Hymn 780). Words and music (tune: “Amen (Danish)”) traditional. Words and music public domain.


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