Sunday, May 31, 2020

 

 

 

PENTECOST SUNDAY
MAY 31, 2020
11:00A.M.

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                                              John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit Your Voices Raise With One Accord (Allen Cleaver)

Your voices raise with one accord
To bless and praise your risen Lord.

 

Opening Prayer (All)

Almighty God, your Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ disciples, hidden in an upper room in Jerusalem. A violent wind and tongues of fire were the symbols of a new thing happening in their lives. May your Holy Spirit burst into our lives today, encouraging and inspiring us to proclaim boldly the good news of Jesus Christ who offers healing and hope to all people. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn Faithful God, You Sent Your Spirit words by Carolyn Winfrey Gilette

NETTLETON 8.7.8.7 D (“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”)

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

A Reading for Pentecost by Julia Seymour                           Read By Kristie Weimer

The day came and they were all in one place, in one place, in one place.
Being together, being in one space, breathing the same air, saying the same words
had seemed like the most important thing.
The most important thing.

 

Then there was a sound- like a rush of wind.
Then there was a sound- the sound of things changing
Then there was a sound- suddenly nothing was the same.
Those who were gathered received new languages.
Those who were gathered received new dialects.
Those who were gathered received new understanding.
Those who were gathered received new power.
Those who were gathered received the Holy Spirit in a new way.

It became clear immediately that what was important had changed.
Immediately it was clear that what was important had changed.
What was important had changed. Immediately. That was clear.
Being in one space was not a priority.
Speaking in unison was not a priority.

Being all together to breathe the same air was not a priority.

The power of the Holy Spirit rearranged their priorities to align them with God’s.
God’s priority of diversity,
God’s priority of widespread grace,
God’s priority of neighbors and community,
God’s priority of stepping out, reaching out, being out in the world.
The world that God loves.
The world that is God’s priority.

 

Being aligned with God’s priorities, it felt, it feels like being on fire.

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response “Spirit of the Living God”                         UMH 393

Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

Epistle Lesson                                                                       Acts 2:1-21 (NIV)

2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon “Stir Us From Placidness, Spirit of God”                Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what thou dost love,
And do what thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure:
Until with thee I have one will
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with thee the perfect life
Of thine eternity

 

Offering Prayer (All)

For all you have given, for all we have received, we give you thanks.
We bring before you our gifts of substance and the gift of our lives.
We bring our passion and joy and surprise, our visions and dreams.
May they refresh and enliven our church and community,
as the wind of your Spirit did long ago.

Closing Hymn Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness                            TFWS 2120 Vs. 1, 2, & 3

Refrain: Spirit, Spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness calling and free,
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,
wind, wind on the sea.

 

1 You moved on the waters,
you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains
from the valleys of sleep;
and over the eons you called to each thing:
“”Awake from your slumbers
and rise on your wings.”"

 

3 You sang in a stable,
you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence
when the whole world was still;
and down in the city
you called once again,
when you blew through your people
on the rush of the wind.

 

4 You call from tomorrow,
you break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow
all the captives dream dreams;
our women see visions,
our men clear their eyes.
With bold new decisions
your people arise.

 

Benediction

L: On this day of Pentecost, our stories tell how God sends the Holy Spirit
to come among us: as dove to move us, as wind to cleanse us, as fire
to consecrate us.
P: Spirit of the living God, come upon us.
L: Fill us with your empowering strength, empower us with your full love;
send us into the world proclaiming your mighty works in every tongue.
P: Help us be the church that goes forward to where there is need.
L: Build us into a place that makes a haven for those discriminated against.
P: Make us a church of disciples filled with the wonder and creative imagination

 

Choral Benediction Easter Alleluia (Vulpius)

Alleluia!

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

The Pentecost flowers are given by Rev Debbie Scott in memory of George Floyd who died with a knee on his neck and Ahmaud Arbery who was shot while jogging. Lord have mercy. Black lives matter. May the Holy Spirit blow the breath of hope and reason into our world in fresh ways to inspire change.

 

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