Sunday, June 9, 2019


Organ PreludeAdvenit columbus (Sequence)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitBreathe On Me, Breath Of God (Robert Jackson)

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.

* Call to Worship

L: Come, Holy Spirit! Ignite our hearts with joy and confidence!
P: For God has done wondrous things for us.
L: Come, Holy Spirit! Fill us with the power of the rushing wind that we may faithfully serve you in all that we do.
P: For Christ has called each of us and blessed us!
L: Come, Holy Spirit! Be with us today.
P: Help us to boldly proclaim Christ Risen. Amen.

* Opening HymnWind of the Spirit Words (Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, Tune: ASSURANCE, #369)

1. Wind of the Spirit, blow on your child
Reveal the fiction now hidden by style
Self centered passions hold all control
Feeding me falsehood, withering my soul

REFRAIN: Great Holy Spirit. Sweet Mystery.
Pour forth your glory eternally
Life’s Liberator. Death’s Enemy.
Come Holy Spirit, set your child free

2. Wind of Salvation, breathe on my bones,
Resurrect life where destruction was sown,
Flow through my nature, parched now by sin
Pour out forgiveness, cleanse me again (refrain)

3. Breath of the Savior, soft on my face
whispers a message of love, peace, and grace.
Constantly calling, helping me turn,
offering a life I never could earn. (refrain)

4. Bright Blazing Spirit, Tongues of Pure Fire
Dance on your children, ignite our desire
Forge our devotion purer than gold.
Shining for all the world to behold. (refrain)

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Spirit of the Living God, dance with us on this day. Sing to the groaning of creation. Enflame us with your passion for justice. Purify us of our grasping greediness. Silence our gossiping tongues. Wind of God, blow through us; Fire of God, burn within us; Tongue of God, speak to us on this day of renewal and birth. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemI Will Not Leave You Comfortless (Carlton Young)

I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you yet again, and your heart shall rejoice.
Alleluia! Yet a little while and the world shall see me no more, but you shall see me.
Because I live, you also shall live.

Reading from the Gospel – Matthew 28:16-20   Betsy Fisk, Liturgist
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Spirit of Life, we come to You, knowing You are the one who fills us when we feel empty. You are the one who restores us when we are broken. You are the one who guides us when we feel we have lost our vision. You are the one who encourages us on the way. You are our Advocate, our Defender—You are on our side when we feel that the world is against us. Renew us. Give us strength and wisdom, and lead us onward. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon Betsy Fisk, Leader

God is known to us in many ways, and sometimes God surprises us in something new, out of the ordinary, out of our comfort zone. Know that God is not going to leave you or abandon you on the way, but walk with you in your steps, and move in you with every breath, for the Spirit is the breath of life. Know this: God loves you. God loves you madly, even enough to pull you along when you don’t feel like you can make it. Know this: You are loved by God, forever and ever. Amen.

* HymnFaithful God, You Sent Your Spirit (Words: Carolyn Winfrey Gilette)

Tune: UMH 400 (“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”)

1. Faithful God, you sent your Spirit
Long ago at Pentecost.
You gave life and said to share it,
All as one, beneath your cross.
May we see your wondrous blessing
When your people everywhere
Work together, all confessing
Faith that binds us, faith to share.

2. God of hope, you daily nurture
Those who seek to follow you.
You’re not bound by any culture;
You love rich and poor ones, too.
In an ever-changing nation,
May your churches welcome in
Every child of your creation,
Giving hope to all again.

3. God of love, may we in worship
Welcome our diversity.
May we reach in trust and friendship
To the poor and refugee.
May we see Christ in the stranger,
Breaking bonds of hate and fear.
By your Spirit, may we offer
Glimpses of your kingdom here.

Selected Passages from Acts 2

Sermon – “The Wind of the Spirit”                                                Rev. L. Katherine Moore, retired UMC

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryListen, Sweet Dove (Grayston Ives)

Listen, sweet dove unto my song, And spread Thy golden wings in me;
Hatching my tender heart so long, Till it get wing and flie away with Thee.
Such gifts Thou didst bestow The earth did like a heaven appeare,
The starres were coming down to know If they might mend their wages and serve here.
The sunne which once did shine alone Hung down his head and wisht for night,
When he beheld twelve sunnes for one Going and giving light.
Lord, though we change, Thou art the same, The same sweet God of love and light:
Restore this day for Thy great name Unto His ancient and miraculous right.

Offering Prayer (All)

We find it so easy to keep our resources locked away in the rooms of our worries about the future. So rush in with your Spirit of gratitude, Holy God, and anoint us with visions of communities where the hungry are fed, the lonely are loved, and brokenness is healed by the gifts we offer in this moment. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

* Closing HymnThe Battle Hymn of the Republic (Vs. 1,3 & 5)                                                     UMH 717

1. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; he is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; he hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; his truth is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

3. He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; he is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment seat; O be swift, my soul, to answer him; be jubilant, my feet! Our God is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

5. He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave, he is wisdom to the mighty, he is honor to the brave; so the world shall be his footstool, and the soul of wrong his slave. Our God is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

* Benediction

L: The fire is burning in your life; don’t let it go out.
P: God has set us ablaze with new possibilities, & we are excited about where God may lead.
L: You have a message to share; don’t mute or silence it.
P: The wind blows where it will and we will not seek to divert it.
L: As God sent Jesus into the world so Christ sends us to make a difference.
P: We will go where Christ leads and be alert to God’s continuing surprises.
L: Sing to the Holy One as long as you live; praise God with your whole being.
P: We will declare God’s creative power to all & speak of the manifold works of the Spirit. Amen.

* Choral ResponseEvery Time I Hear The Spirit (Trad., arr. Moore)

Every time I feel the Spirit movin’ in my heart, I will pray.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro vivace (Van Denman Thomson)

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