Here's my plan for this coming Sunday's worship with a focus on Mark 4:35-41. This the communion table.
Image below purchased from shutterstock.com. I just added the text.
Pre-Service Video "Pursuit"
Call to Worship
L: Welcome to a calm place
R: Where we put aside our daily cares
L: Welcome to an honest place
R: Where we wake up to the world’s troubles
L: Welcome to a quiet place
R; Where we sit in solitude for a while
L: Welcome to a rowdy place
R: Where we open our ears to the world’s cries
L: Welcome to a peaceful place
R; Where we are reminded of what is good
L: Welcome to an unsettling place
R: Where we see more clearly what is wrong
L: This is God’s world - beautiful
R: This is God’s world - broken
L: We are here - beautiful and broken
R: We are here - broken and beautiful
L: May this be a calm, quiet and peaceful place
R: May this be an honest, rowdy, and unsettling place
L: God of the stillness
We settle and wait for you
R: God of the storm
We hold fast and wait for you
L: Meet us. Greet us.
Shake us. Remake us.
R: We trust and we tremble.
We worry and we hope.
L: There is no place that is not yours
There is no time that is not yours
R: This is your place.
This is your time.
We are your people.
Carry us today, we pray.
Bible Reading: Mark 4:35-41 is accompanied by a whole bunch of fantastic sea and storm images that I got from flickr.com with Creative Commons licences.
Also a drama that I wrote some time ago about two of the disciples deciding to offer Thrill-seeker rides on Lake Gallilee.
Instead of a sermon I'll be leading a guided meditation based on this piece by my friend Ted Witham which comes from a book that I edited, Encounters with Jesus, Joint Board of Christian Education, 1992.
Download The_Storm_Stiller by Ted Witham (PDF). Shared with permission of the author.
At the close of the sermon I've made a simple video of this recording of "Be Our Light" by David MacGregor and myself. Just an image of the sea with stormclouds coming in and lyrics added.
Song on iTunes as part of David Macgregor's album "More Than Dream." It's full of great songs.
Lyrics and sheet music here.
We'll also be singing "Like a Candle."
May God bless with you with vision
when you cast out into uncharted waters
May God bless you with patience
when you navigate uncertain times
May God bless you with discernment
when you look to the heavens for signs
May God bless you with courage
when your friends are sick with fear
May God bless you with trust
when you feel you are sinking
May God bless you with hope
when you sense that Christ hears your cry
May God bless you with peace
when you find yourself on the way home
May the Creator God
who brooded over the waters
and parted the sea
the Christ who walked on the ocean
who is Living Water
the Spirit who baptises
and fills to overflowing
be with you today and every day,