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4th Sunday After Pentecost

Community in Christ Lutheran Church

June 16, 2024

10 a.m.

Welcome to worship! We are glad you are here today!

If you are visiting with us, please let us know if there is anything you would like to know about our family of faith.



Temple Talk     Operation Christmas Drop/ Suzi Hinrichs

Confession & Forgiveness

Opening Song     "Good, Good Father"                                                           



Hymn of Praise

Prayer of the Day 

Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24

22Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender  one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. 23On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind. 24All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15

1It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your name, O Most High;
2to herald your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night;
3on the psaltery, and on the lyre, and to the melody of the harp.
4For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord; and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands. 
12The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
13Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God;
14they shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be green and succulent;
15that they may show how upright the Lord is, my rock, in whom there is no injustice. 

Children's Message

Gospel Acclamation    

Gospel: Mark 4:260-34

The Gospel according to Mark the 4th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

26[Jesus] said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” 30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” 33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples. The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.



Hymn of the Day       “May This Church be Like a Tree”   ACS 1042        

Apostles' Creed

Prayers of Intercession     



Offering                   "This is My Father's World"   Tony Chamra & Marci Langan    

Offertory Hymn    "Let Us Go Now to the Banquet"  ELW 523 refrain-v.3-refrain  

Offering Prayer


Great Thanksgiving

Words of Institution

Lord's Prayer (Sung)

Lamb of God

Distribution of Communion 

Communion Hymns    "Faith of Our Fathers"   ELW 812

                                       "Build Us Up Lord  "     ELW 670

                                       "Build a Longer Table"     ACS 1062

Post Communion Blessing & Prayer    


Song          "Sent Forth By God's Blessing"         ELW 547



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Weekly Calendar:   Pastor Michael & the Confirmation students will be attending Confirmation Camp the 16th-22nd

Sunday, June 16—10 a.m. Worship (Livestreamed); Coffee Cart available before and after worship

Tuesday, June 18—10:30 a.m. Bible Study (Narthex)

Wednesday, June 19 - 1:30 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry (Parlor)

Sunday, June 23—10 a.m. Worship (Livestreamed), Coffee available before and after worship

New Members: If you are interested in joining CIC or you just want to learn more about our family of faith, please e-mail Pastor Michael at

June Grocery Cart: Angels & Sparrows is a Community Table and Resource Center for families and individuals who need assistance with food, health, education, housing, finances, and more. The kitchen help at Angels and Sparrows is in need of Bread Crumbs (plain or Italian), Penne Pasta, Crushed Tomatoes and Tomato SauceWhen you’re doing your grocery shopping this month consider picking up a few of these items and adding them to the grocery cart at CIC. Thank you to everyone who continues to support our grocery cart collections each month.  Your generosity is making a difference!

Vacation Bible School Camp Firelight Registration Open!  Camp Firelight VBS “A Summer Camp

Adventure with God” July 28-August 1, 2024, 6:00-8:00 P.M. Children 4 years old through 5th grade. Registration cost is $15.00/child with a

maximum cost for a family of $35.00. Please check out the June Newsletter for more details. Adult and Student Volunteers are still needed.

For questions contact: Suzi Hinrichs at 630-841-7124 or

Have you joined CIC's new online photo directory yet?   The directory is through a program called Church Center, which is also an app. 

Follow the QR code to get started. 

Tuesday Morning Bible Study: Meets at 10:30 a.m. in the Narthex. 

Preschool Registration for 2024/2025 Is open: Please call or email Sharon Fuller for more details or refer to our website for an online

registration form. Or click on the QR code

Preschool Registration for Summer Camp is now open: Sessions are June 3-6, June 24-27, July 15-18, August 5-8. All camps run from

9:05 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call or email Sharon Fuller for more details or refer to our website for an online registration form. Or click on the QR code

Men’s Group: Keep watch in the Take Two and future bulletins for updates on activities for the men’s group. If you have any questions contact Paul Miller at

Happy Times Seniors: Will meet Wednesday, June 19th, at 11:30 a.m. at the House of Taipei, 16500 Northcross Dr.,

Huntersville. RSVP Ron Major (704) 622-0517

All women of CIC are welcome to The 5:11s.  Based upon 1st Thessalonians 5:11, we are a women’s group that “encourages one another and builds one another up, just as you are doing.”  We meet on the third Sunday of the month between services to discuss ways we can continue to encourage and build each other up and support our church. Contact Jill Brooks ( with any questions.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: We meet in the CIC Parlor on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join us for some fellowship, idea-sharing, and fun! Questions? Contact Kathy Dutton at Of course, you can also participate in this important ministry at home by crafting items, and bringing them to CIC.

Card Ministry: We will meet, Tuesday, June 11th at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, the 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the Spirit Center. Participants are asked to enter through the doors nearest the Spirit Center.  Need more information? Contact: Kathy Shugarman at or 940-300-2290.

Quilting Ministry: We will meet on Thursday, June 13 & 27, at 10 a.m. in Classroom #1.  Questions? Contact Barbara Eaker at 704-483-2060.

Friday, June 21st, at 7pm is CIC’s night at the Cannon Ballers! CIC has a block of tickets to sit together to enjoy this game with new and old friends! It’s also Princess Night AND there are fireworks after the game! The cost of this game is $10 per ticket paid directly to CIC on the website ( or via check with “baseball game” in the memo line. To hold your spot, you will

need to BOTH 1- sign up your whole group on Church Center AND 2- make payment by Sunday, June 16th. Use this link or QR code to register

today for CIC’s night at the Cannon Ballers! If you need help signing up on Church Center, please contact the church office.

Save the Date! CIC's Annual Golf Outing will be on September 9th at Verdict Ridge in Denver. All proceeds will benefit CIC Youth Ministries.

CIC will be co-hosting a trip following some of Paul’s footsteps, Journeys of Paul in Greece, through “Educational Opportunities Tours” (EO Tours) in partnership with Huntersville United Methodist Church (HUMC). The trip departs on April 26, 2025, for 8 days, traveling

through Neapolis, Amphipolis, Philippi, Veria, Thessaloniki, Meteora, Delphi, Corinth, Acropolis, and Athens. An optional Greek Isle

Cruise Extension making the trip a total of 11 days also travels to Ephesus, Patmos Crete, and Santorini. If you are interested in learning

more about this opportunity, what it costs, what the costs include, and future preparation plans, please sign up on Church Center here.

This is NOT registration for the trip. It is showing your interest in learning more about the trip as more information solidifies. If you have questions,

please reach out to Pastor Lisa.

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