led by Cynthia

led by Dana


L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.

Eternal God, you have called us to be members of one body.  Join us with those who in all times and places have praised Your name, that with one heart and mind we may show the unity of our church, and bring honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

based on Psalm 8

L: Let us bless the Lord.
P: Whose Name is majestic in all the earth!

L: Who are we that You are mindful of us, Lord?
P: Human beings that You care for us?

L: You’ve welcomed us to join Your work in the world.
P: You’ve given us dominion over the works of Your hands.

L: Let us bless the Lord.
P: God’s name is majestic in all the earth!

Come, thou almighty King,
Help us Thy name to sing,
Help us to praise:
Father all glorious, o’er all victorious,
Come, and reign over us, Ancient of Days!

Come, Thou incarnate Word,
Gird on thy mighty sword,
Our prayer attend:
Come, and Thy people bless,
And give Thy Word success;
Spirit of holiness, on us descend!

Come, Holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour:
Thou who almighty art,
Now rule in ev’ry heart,
And ne’er from us depart, Spirit of pow’r!

To thee, great One in Three,
Eternal praises be hence, evermore:
Thy sov’reign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity love and adore!

Covenant Hymnal, # 101

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

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

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

Open the eyes of my heart Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You

To see You high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy holy holy

Holy holy holy
Holy holy holy
Holy holy holy
I want to see You

CCLI Song # 2298355 CCLI License # 349090
Paul Baloche © 1997 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music

Mark 10:1-12

[Jesus] left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was His custom, He again taught them.

Some Pharisees came, and to test Him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

10 Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Leader: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God

Glory be to the Father, 
And to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, Amen.

Children are dismissed to the playground at this time.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
Don’t lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
And He will direct your paths.
Al-le-lu-ia, Al-le-lu-ia, and
He will direct your paths.

Covenant Hymnal, #423

More Ins and Outs
Pastor Phil

Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Covenant Hymnal, #331

led by Pastor Denise

Folks We Are Praying For:
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 sins as we forgive those who sin 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.

Church family who work in and around hospitals & nursing homes:
Alex A, Kyra A, Hannah A, Sam A, Linda C, Carl G, Katie G, Eric H, Rachel H, Chona I, Abby H, Dana J, Bryan J, Kari J, Neal J, Eric S, Don T.

(If we missed any people’s names above please let us know.)

We continue to pray for: Katie Gieseke, Ernesto Galaviz, Nikolas Arden, Katie Collier, Art and Rosa Hamilton, Shirley Nicholas, Paul Mounts, Steve Hoden, Mary Spriggs, Nancy Popovich and her family, the Brandel-Tanis family, the Morales/Randall family, the family of Phyllis Levinson.

Ministries & Mission
Carolyn & Jeffrey Stoker, serving in Cameroon; Barb & Steve Swanson, serving in Sweden

giving opportunities:
Zelle® to:

Allemande by J.S. Bach
led by Bob Kenehan, French Horn.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow 
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.  



Let the words of the Lord
Jesus Christ dwell in you.
(Let the words of the Lord
Jesus Christ dwell in you.)
And whatever you say
And whatever you do,
(And whatever you say
And whatever you do,)
Do it all in the name
Of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Who rose from the dead
To give you new life in Him.

Let the peace of the Lord
Jesus Christ rule your heart.
(Let the peace of the Lord
Jesus Christ rule your heart.)
And whatever your gift
And whatever your part,
(And whatever your gift
And whatever your part,)
Do it all in the name
Of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Who rose from the dead
To give you new life in Him.

Let the Spirit of the Lord
Jesus Christ guide your way.
(Let the Spirit of the Lord
Jesus Christ guide your way.)
Whether walking by night
Or walking by day,
(Whether walking by night
Or walking by day,)
Walk in the name
Of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Who rose from the dead
To give you new life in Him.

Covenant Hymnal #674

L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
P: Thanks be to God

March by Purcell
led by Cynthia

We’ll be back here next Sunday.
We hope you can join us.
Information on

music as we go, by AxiomBrass & maxeltoft
“Giving & Receiving”

Join Us in Sponsoring a Student in the NPTS SRA Program
North Park’s School of Restorative Arts offers a MA in Christian Ministry and Restorative Arts allowing free and incarcerated students to study together. This unique degree program is designed to prepare individuals for ministries of restoration in contexts susceptible to violence and includes courses in trauma, race relations, nonviolent communication, conflict transformation, restorative practices, and transformative justice, in addition to Bible, theology, and history.  In partnership with the Illinois Department of Corrections, this four-year degree is currently offered at Stateville Correctional Center with 80 incarcerated men and a first cohort of 20 women at Logan Correctional Center.

We, the Ravenswood Covenant Church, have partnered with North Park Theological Seminary by committing to sponsor a student in this program. To help us support an SRA student please send a check to church or give online and in the memo line write: “SRA Sponsorship.”

More restrictions lifted for worship in person
Chicago and the state of Illinois have entered Phase 5, which means that there are no longer any restrictions upon the attendance at gatherings of anybody who has been vaccinated.

However, we are still observing precautions regarding children, specifically with regard to the cry room. As was the case before, if you and your family would like to worship in the cry room, please reserve it in advance by contacting Gregory Sager at or 773-784-7091. One family may choose to use the cry room upon arrival if it hasn’t already been reserved. Ravenswood Covenant will continue to livestream worship each week on YouTube and Facebook; this is now a permanent feature of our ministry, so Sunday morning worship will remain accessible to anyone who has Internet access.

We will follow all of the current local and state safety protocols for Phase 5 of public health in the state of Illinois. This means that:masks are still required at all times within the building for those adults who have not been vaccinated. Changes to communion and offering remain in place until further notice.

There will still be no nursery.

Post-service celebration
This Sunday we will be celebrating our graduates and Father’s Day with doughnuts and coffee outside after the service. Juice boxes will be available for children. Please join us in the playground area as we fellowship together!

Summer worship hours in effect
Ravenswood Covenant has begun its summer schedule. Worship will begin at 9:30 am, and there will be no Sunday School.

Children will be dismissed to play outside in the playground at the offertory time. We are looking for adults and teens to supervise outside. If you’d like to sign up for one of two Sundays this summer, contact Pastor Denise. Worship bags for children and worship in the lounge area will continue to be available each week.

Help needed for Audrey Hodgkinson memorial service
The memorial service for Audrey Hodgkinson will be held here at Ravenswood Covenant next Sunday, June 27, at 2 pm. All are invited to attend.

Help is needed with baking, set-up, prep, and clean-up for the memorial service’s reception in the fellowship hall. If you can assist with one or more of these tasks, please contact Marlene Glowen at 773-275-9138.

Nelson Lounge open for remote worship
The Nelson Lounge, which is upstairs in the church’s C.E. wing, is open for families with young children during Sunday worship. The television will have the church service livestreamed so parents can watch as they supervise their own children.  There will be some toys and a kids’ table in there for coloring. Children are always welcome in the main sanctuary as well. 

Farmer’s market has arrived!
This past Wednesday we held the first farmers market of the 2021 Ravenswood Farmer’s Market season! While it is still a smaller and more restricted market due to the public health situation, the first market was a very promising one: over 425 guests visited the market, which exceeds any market total from 2020.

The farmers market will again run through the middle of October each Wednesday from 4-7 pm. Many of our vendors from last year will be returning, and we will have some new ones as well. As usual, our main produce and flower vendor will be Patyk Farms.

Many of you are curious as to how the market will operate this year, as we pass from pandemic conditions back to normal life. As was the case last year, we will operate with a close eye as to state and local public-health guidelines, and we will adapt to looser restrictions as conditions allow.

If you are interested in volunteering to help staff this year’s market crew on whatever Wednesdays you are available, please contact the church office at 773-784-7091 or at

Thursday evening Zoom Bible study continues

The Thursday evening Bible study will continue this coming Thursday. The Bible study meets each Thursday at 7 pm. We are currently studying the book of 2 Corinthians.

The Zoom link for the Bible study has a new meeting ID and passcode:

Meeting ID: 972 871 4458
Passcode: 1qa3CD

Worship bags for kids
Each week there will be worship bags for children ages 2 to 12 attending worship. The bag will have the child’s name on it and will only be used by that child.

Spots still available at Covenant Point
Covenant Point Camp still has a few open spots for campers. For more information, see their website: . Contact Pastor Denise if you need financial help to send kids to camp.

Prayer meeting has returned
The church’s biweekly prayer meeting that gathers every second and fourth Monday night each month has resumed! After being shut down due to the city’s pandemic guidelines, the city’s reduced infection rate and the upswing in vaccinations has led the church’s leadership to once again allow the prayer meeting to convene. The next meeting will be Monday, June 28, at 7 pm.

Free masks available
The church is offering free masks to anyone in the congregation who is in need of one. If you would like, you may make a donation to our benevolence fund when you come to the church building to pick yours up. Please contact the church office at or 773-396-6175 for more information.

General fund giving:
June 6: $1,875

General fund giving:
June 13: $8,222

Scripture for next Sunday
Mark 10:13-16
Psalm 126
Romans 5:12-21

Art Used in this Bulletin: Steve Erspamer, SM
Clip Art for Year A © 1992, Archdiocese of Chicago.

Our church exists to love and worship God, and love and care for others. By God’s grace, we commit to help people find and follow Jesus Christ through the guidance of His Spirit and His word.

"With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet 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." (Mark 4:30-32 NRS)