Grace United Methodist Church
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Valley Stream, New York
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Order of Worship




Father’s Day/Fourth Sunday After Pentecost 

    June 20, 2021

10:00 A.M.

Zoom Meeting ID: 868 2289 3459     Password: 812923   

Phone # 1 929 205 6099


Greeting/Centering Words

Opening Voluntary – Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by William M. Runyon


Opening Prayer

When the storms of life crash around us, O God, be our quiet center.  When adversaries gather against us, Holy One, be our refuge and our strength.  Give us the confidence of David, that we might place our trust entirely in you.  And give us the assurance of the psalmist, that we might know the glory of our salvation.  With joyful hearts and ready minds, we pray for your grace this day.  Amen.  (AWA, 2021)


Hymn #519 – “Lift Every Voice and Sing”                     


Prayer of Confession


God of love and power, we listen to the stories of miracles and doubt that these things can happen today.  We look at the waves of misfortune, distress, misery, distrust, and anger and wonder how we can still those waves.  We feel the pressures of power and fear flooding into our lives, threatening to drown us and wonder where you are.  Forgive us for the littleness of our faith.  Forgive us for our doubts.  Help us to place our trust in you, Lord Jesus.  Help us to fix our eyes on you and on the ministries to which you have called us.  For we ask these things in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.  

(AWA, 2021)


Words of Assurance

Fear not!  God is with us, stilling the storms and raging fears in our lives. Place your trust in God always. Amen.  (AWA, 2021)



"Faith of Our Fathers" by Henri Hemy, arr by Frances L. Callahan

~Westminster Ringers~


Sharing of Father’s Day - “Thank You Notes




Old Testament Reading – 1 Samuel 17:32-49 (David and Goliath)

32 David said to Saul, "Let no one's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine."  33 Saul said to David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth."  34 But David said to Saul, "Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and whenever a lion or a bear came, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after it and struck it down, rescuing the lamb from its mouth; and if it turned against me, I would catch it by the jaw, strike it down, and kill it.  36 Your servant has killed both lions and bears; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God."  37 David said, "The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine."  So Saul said to David, "Go, and may the Lord be with you!"  38 Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail.  39 David strapped Saul's sword over the armor, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them.  Then David said to Saul, "I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them."  So David removed them.  40 Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd's bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine.  41 The Philistine came on and drew near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him.  42 When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was only a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.  43 The Philistine said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?"  And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  44 The Philistine said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the field."  45 But David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  46 This very day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the Philistine army this very day to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's and he will give you into our hand."  48 When the Philistine drew nearer to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.  49 David put his hand in his bag, took out a stone, slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. 

L:  Word of God, Word of Life.  PThanks be to God.


Gospel Reading – Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus Stills the Storm)

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side."  36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was.  Other boats were with him.  37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.  38 But 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?"  39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace!  Be still!"  Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.  40 He said to them, "Why are you afraid?  Have you still no faith?"  41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

L:  Word of God, Word of Life.  PThanks be to God.


Hymn before Message #507 - “Through It All”               



Message                                                                                   Pastor Nation


Pastoral Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as 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.  Amen.


Passing of the Peace of Christ

With a word, Christ calmed the waters when the disciples were in peril.  A word of peace can have awesome power.  Let us share signs of this peace with one another.  (AWA, 2021)


“May You Have Peace” by Teresa Jennings

~The Neri Trio~ (Danny, Stephanie and Timothy)


Invitation to Tithes and Offering

With the Apostle Paul, let us not “accept the grace of God in vain.”  With the psalmist, let us praise and rejoice in God, our stronghold in times of trouble and need.  In gratitude for what we have received, let us bring our tithes and our offerings.  (AWA, 2021)


Choral Selection – “All I Know” by J. Purifoy


Prayer of Dedication


Closing Hymn #512 - “Stand By Me”                                    


Dismissal with Blessing


Closing Voluntary – “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by P. C. Lutkin



Prayer ListHensbert Neville Brooks (husband of Mahalia Brooks), Juanita Watts (aunt of Lisa Richardson), Family of Janice Holder (friend of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Faith Pollack (friend of Sing Larson), ♥Jim Poch, ♥Samantha O’Brien, ♥Pam O’Brien, ♥Christine Doeringer, ♥Anne Mahoney, ♥Inge Kubis, ♥Debbie and Kenny Keeney (parents of Lisa Becker), ♥Dee McMahon (friend of Kim Neri), ♥Kay Hartmann, ♥All United Methodist Women in Rehabilitation and Nursing Homes, ♥Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi, ♥Chrissy Widera (friend of Pam and Samantha O’Brien), ♥Juliana Bonds (sister of Eleanor Phillip, ♥Maudlyn and Keible Scarlett, ♥Amy Cooke (sister of Pearl Hamilton), ♥Bob von Schmid (son-in-law of Adam and Christine Doeringer), ♥Kenneth Kurz (grandson of Lenore and Manny Kurz), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥Heather Eggermann, ♥Margo and Vincent Morrison, ♥Cyril (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Sasha (Navy-Japan), ♥Susan Selsen (friend of Steve Savarese), ♥Samuel A. Dorsey (father of David A. Dorsey), ♥David Biegler, ♥Monica Campbell (friend of Margo Morrison), ♥Iris Molina, ♥Olga Molina (sister of Iris Molina), ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Evelyn Neber (friend of Elaine Treske), ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥Rondolph Ives (brother of Margo Morrison), ♥John Simpson.  Note.  Prayer List names will continue to be listed for two weeks.  After that period of time, the names will be removed unless you call us with current information.  - Death in family, ♥ - New entry


We wish all the Fathers, Dads and Father Figures a very



         ~Collecting money for UMCOR Health Kits and Clean-up Buckets~

One of the main features of our usual mission display at New York Annual Conference (NYAC) in June is the health kits and clean-up buckets for UMCOR disaster relief.  Annually, thousands of kits and buckets are received, registered, reviewed, packed and shipped to UMCOR Mission Central.  In 2017, Grace United Methodist Church made clean-up buckets, and in 2018 and 2019 our Sunday School kids made health kits.  Given that there will not be an in-person Conference this year to receive the buckets and kits, the NYAC is asking us instead to collect money.  The monetary donations from all over the NYAC will then be combined and sent to UMCOR Mission Central.  Please use Zelle to send money to Grace Methodist Church ( and designate it for UMCOR. Alternatively, you can mail your check to the church with UMCOR on the memo line.  We will collect until June 25.  I encourage you to send your money now while you are thinking of it.  Let’s have a big showing.  Thanks!

Katherine Perkins, Missions Chair



Education ScholarshipsThe Education Scholarship will be available this year.  If your child is entering college or is attending college, they would be eligible.  Please contact or leave a message on the Church Office phone (516/825-1182) if you are interested.  The application will be sent to you either by email or regular mail.  Return it to the Church Office as soon as you can via email, regular mail or drop off.  Thank you.