Sunday, May 20, 2018


11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – Listen, Sweet Dove (Grayston Ives)

Words of Welcome and Announcements

Choral Introit –Breathe On Me, Breath of God (Robert Jackson)                   HCC-BCS Choir

Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew,
That I may love the way you love, and do what you would do.

PrayerInvitation to the Holy Spirit Hymnal 335

L: O God, the Holy Spirit,

L:     Come to us, and among us;

L:     Come as the wind, and cleanse us;

L:     Come as the fire, and burn;

L:     Come as the dew, and refresh;

L: Convict, convert, and consecrate

L:     Many hearts and lives

L:     To our great good

L:     And to thy greater glory;

L: And this we ask for Jesus Christ’s sake.

ALL:     Amen.

* SongSpirit of Faith Come Down Hymnal 332

1. Spirit of faith, come down, reveal the things of God, and make to us the Godhead known, and witness with the blood.’ Tis thine the blood to apply and give us eyes to see, who did for every sinner die hath surely died for me.

2. No one can truly say that Jesus is the Lord, unless thou take the veil away and breathe the living Word. Then, only then, we feel our interest in his blood, and cry with joy unspeakable, “Thou art my Lord, my God!”

3. O that the world might know the all-atoning Lamb! Spirit of faith, descend and show the virtue of his name; the grace which all may find, the saving power, impart, and testify to humankind, and speak in every heart.

4. Inspire the living faith (which whosoe’er receive, the witness in themselves they have and consciously believe), the faith that conquers all, and doth the mountain move, and saves whoe’er on Jesus call, and perfects them in love.

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – Holy Spirit Come Confirm Us (Verses 1 and 2) Hymnal 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.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – Holy Spirit Come Confirm Us (Verses 3 and 4) Hymnal 331

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.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special MusicMy Life Flows On (Robert Lowry, arr. BSM)                          HCC-BCS Choir

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation. 

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing? 

What though my joys and comforts die?
I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

Scripture Reading – Acts 2:1-21                                                      Dennis Ferguson, Liturgist

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.’

Sermon – “Powered by Wind and Fire”                                          Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* SongI’m Goin’a Sing When the Spirit Says Sing Hymnal 333

1. I’m goin’a [sing] when the Spirit says sing, I’m goin’a sing when the Spirit says sing, I’m goin’a sing when the Spirit says sing, and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

[Substitute on each verse]

2. I’m goin’a [pray]…

3. I’m goin’a [moan]…

4. I’m goin’a [shout]…

* Affirmation of Faith in the Spirit excerpted from Song of Faith of the United Church of Canada

We sing of God the Spirit,
who from the beginning has swept over the face of creation,
animating all energy and matter
and moving in the human heart.

We sing of God the Spirit,
faithful and untamable,
who is creatively and redemptively active in the world.

The Spirit challenges us to celebrate the holy
not only in what is familiar,
but also in that which seems foreign.

We sing of the Spirit,
who speaks our prayers of deepest longing
and enfolds our concerns and confessions,
transforming us and the world.

We offer worship
as an outpouring of gratitude and awe
and a practice of opening ourselves
to God’s still, small voice of comfort,
to God’s rushing whirlwind of challenge.

Through word, music, art, and sacrament,
in community and in solitude,
God changes our lives, our relationships, and our world.
We give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit!

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – A Gentle River Flows (Andrea Klouse)                                      HCC-BCS Choir

A gentle river runs near the place I long to be;
It’s a place where dreams are born and a place where hearts are free,
Where the tender hopes arise with warming winds of spring
Near the place where a gentle river runs.

Arise every heart be filled with music!
For here, each swell of music with glad praise yields a song.
From each song a peace, a path to follow
Will lead your heart where its gentle river goes.

A gentle river runs near the place I long to be,
Where hands, yet weary, reach for another hand in need.
Where courage leads the heart and noble dreams are dreamed
Near the place where a gentle river runs.

A gentle river runs near the place I long to be,
Where despair has turned to hope and love has conquered greed.
And, with You by my side, we will join the winds of spring
Near the place where a gentle river runs.

Prayer of Dedication –

Holy God,
thank you for sending your Spirit, the Spirit of the risen Christ, from heaven.
Help us to be like the early disciples,
praying patiently as we wait for your guidance and power.
Fill our hearts and minds with your gifts of faith, hope, and love.
May our conversations with people of every language and culture around us
witness to your grace and mercy.
We dedicate ourselves and our offerings to your good purposes in the world
through our church’s mission by the power of your Spirit.
We pray in Jesus’ name.  Alleluia! Amen.

*      Song to Present the Offering – Of All the Spirit’s Gifts to Me Hymnal 336

1. Of all the Spirit’s gifts to me, I pray that I may never cease to take and treasure most these three: love, joy, and peace.

2. The Spirit shows me love’s the root of every gift sent from above, of every flower, of every fruit, that God is love.

3. The Spirit shows if I possess a love no evil can destroy; however great is my distress, then this is joy.

4. Though what’s ahead is mystery, and life itself is ours on lease, each day the Spirit says to me, “Go forth in peace!”

5. We go in peace, but made aware that, in a needy world like this, our clearest purpose is to share love, joy, and peace.

* Words for Sending Us into the World

Leader:     The Spirit sends us forth to serve.

People:     We go to serve God and neighbor in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Leader:     May you claim every gift that the Spirit gives.

People:     We go expecting the power of the Spirit to infuse us by wind and fire.

ALL: alleluia! AMEN.

* Choral Response – Amen (Christian Gregor)                                                   HCC-BCS Choir


* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – In Alium (Rose)

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