Sunday, June 4, 2017

Day of Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11 o’clock

It is done. Once again the Fire has penetrated the earth.
Not with sudden crash of thunderbolt, riving the mountain tops:
does the Master break down doors to enter his own home?
Without earthquake, or thunderclap:
the flame has lit up the whole world from within.
All things individually and collectively are penetrated
and flooded by it, from the inmost core of the tiniest atom,
to the mighty sweep of the most universal laws of being:
so naturally has it flooded every element, every energy,
every connecting link in the unity of our cosmos;
that one might suppose the cosmos
to have burst spontaneously into flame…
At this moment when your life has just poured
with superabundant vigour
into the sacrament of the world,
I shall savour with heightened consciousness
the intense yet tranquil rapture of a vision
whose coherence and harmonies
I can never exhaust.
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hymn of the Universe


The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “In a Merrie Monthe”   Medieval English


Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

†  Choral Introit “The Eyes of the Lord Are Upon You”  Donald Moore

The eyes of the Lord are upon you. Alleluia, Amen.

†  Call to Worship Acts 2: 1-21 Dr. Emora Brannan

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’


†  Hymn “Come Holy Ghost, Our Hearts Inspire”                No. 603

1. Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire, let us thine influence prove; source of the old prophetic fire, fountain of life and love.

2. Come, Holy Ghost (for moved by thee the prophets wrote and spoke), unlock the truth, thyself the key, unseal the sacred book.

3. Expand thy wings, celestial Dove, brood o’er our nature’s night; on our disordered spirits move, and let there now be light.

4. God, through the Spirit we shall know if thou within us shine, and sound, with all thy saints below, the depths of love divine.

Morning Prayer

O Holy Spirit, ever moving over the face of all creation:

as you touched the disciples making of them

a community of faith, touch us with sacred fire,

welding us together as one across the divisions

of race and tongue and circumstance.

Spirit of God, touch us with holy wind.

Breathe into us such love for you and for all

that we may join your endless song of peace

and serve you with joy.

Touch us with baptismal water that,

born anew as your own children,

we may be a new creation through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and our Creator,

one God, eternal. Amen.

To Hear the Word

From the Hebrew Scripture Numbers 11: 24-30

Nancy Brannan is the Liturgist.

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.

Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!” And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.


The Psalter Psalm 104 with Sung Response                     No. 826

Response: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, who rules all creation.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord my God, you are very great!

You are clothed with honor and majesty, And cover yourself with light as with a garment;

You have stretched out the heavens like a tent, And have laid the beams of your chambers on the Waters;

You make the clouds your chariot, And ride on the wings of the wind;

You make the winds your messengers,Fire and flame your ministers.

You set the earth on its foundations, So that it should never be shaken.

You covered it with the deep as with a garment; The waters stood above the mountains.

At your rebuke they fled;

At the sound of your thunder they took to flight.

They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys, To the place which you appointed for them.

You set a bound which they should not pass, So that they might not again cover the earth.

Response: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, who rules all creation.

You make springs gush forth in the valleys; They flow between the hills;

They give drink to ever beast of the field; The wild asses quench their thirst.

Above the springs the birds of the air have their nests; They sing among the branches.

From your lofty place you water the mountains; With the fruit of your work the earth is satisfied.

Response: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, who rules all creation.

O Lord, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom you have made them all; The earth is full of your creatures.

Yonder is the sea, great and wide,

Creeping things innumerable are there, Living things both small and great.

There go the ships,

And Leviathan whom you formed to play in it.

These all look to you, To give them their food in due season.

When you give to them, they gather it;

When you open your hand, they are filled with good Things.

When you hide your face, they are dismayed;

When you take away their breath, they die And return to their dust.

When you send forth your spirit, they are created;

And you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the Lord endure for ever, May the Lord rejoice in his works,

Who looks on the earth and it trembles, Who touches the mountains and they smoke!

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

May my meditation be pleasing to the Lord

In whom I rejoice. Let sinners be consumed from the earth, And let the wicked be no more!

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Praise the Lord!

Response: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, who rules all creation.

Anthem “Awake, My Heart”       Jane Marshall

Awake, my heart, and render
To God thy sure defender,
Thy Maker, thy preserver,
A song of love and fervor.

Confirm my deeds an guide me:
My day, with Thee beside me,
Beginning, middle, ending,
Will all be upward tending.

My heart shall be Thy dwelling,
With joy and gladness swelling;
Thy word my nurture, given
To bring me on toward Heaven.

From the Gospel John 7:37-39

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.


Sermon “To Be Fire and Water”    Rev. Roberta Scoville

To Respond in Faith

Recognition of Confirmation Classes

†  Hymn “Holy Spirit Come Confirm Us” No. 331

1. Holy Spirit, come, confirm us in the truth that Christ makes known; we have faith and understanding through your helping gifts alone.

2. Holy Spirit, come, console us, come as advocate to plead; loving Spirit from the Father, grant in Christ the help we need.

3. Holy Spirit, come, renew us, come yourself to make us live; holy through your loving presence, holy through the gifts you give.

4. Holy Spirit, come, possess us, you the love of Three in One, Holy Spirit of the Father, Holy Spirit of the Son

Litany of Pentecost

Come, Holy Spirit, Light of God, rest upon us;

lead us unto the Truth that comes from the God’s speaking.

We long for the resting of your Spirit upon us

then we may know the end and the why of our being in God’s image.

Come, Holy Spirit, Love of God, rest upon us;

that we may not be strangers in the world of God’s hands.

Come, Holy Spirit, Grace of God, inflame our hearts

that we may be instruments of that divine love

which seeks out the poor and broken hearted.

Come, Holy Spirit, Power of God,

raise our spirits from the death into which we are born.

O Resurrection life of God, empower us to walk in God’s way,

fearful of no person or dominion.

Feed us, O Spirit of God, that we may bring Good News to the poor,

that we may bind up the broken hearted,

that we may open prisons and comfort the mourning.

Come, Holy Spirit, bless us with what we cannot provide,

that our faint spirits may be revived with and in praise!

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “Come Into His Presence”          Bruce Ballinger

Come into His presence with thanksgiving,
Come into His courts with a song of praise.
Give Him all the glory, for He’s worthy,
He’s the Great I Am, the Ancient of Days.

For He has made use, and not we ourselves,
And He has saved us from the gates of Hell.

†  Presentation of Tithes and Offerings No. 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
praise Him, all creatures here below
praise Him above, ye heavenly host
praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer


To Receive the Sacrament

† The Great Thanksgiving (with Musical  Setting A) No. 17 – 18

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

{The pastor gives thanks appropriate to the occasion, remembering God’s acts of salvation, and concludes:}

And so,
With your people on earth
And all the company of heaven
We praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

{The pastor continues the thanksgiving. The institution of the Lord’s Supper is recalled. The pastor concludes:}

And so,
In remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
We offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
As a holy and living sacrifice,
In union with Christ’s offering for us,
As we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

{The pastor invokes the present work of the Holy Spirit and then praises the Trinity, concluding:}

All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God),
Now and for ever.

Amen, amen, amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 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, & the power, & the glory, forever. Amen.

Receiving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following Receiving of the Sacrament

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery
in which you have given yourself to us.
We go in the strength of your Spirit and Grace,
to give ourselves for others, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

†  Hymn “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”  No. 334

There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place,
and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord;
there are sweet expressions on each face,
and I know they feel the presence of the Lord.

Refrain: Sweet Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly Dove,
stay right here with us, filling us with your love;
and for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise;
without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived when we shall leave this place

†  Dismissal with Blessing

†  Choral Response “Amen”                                   John Stainer


†  Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

†  Organ Postlude “Allegro con brio”                                  Blake



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