Sunday, June 5, 2022

Lovely Lane United Methodist Church

PENTECOST SUNDAY

June 5, 2022

10:15A.M.

 

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements       John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

 

Choral Introit   “Spirit of the Living God”  UMH 393

Spirit of the Living God, Fall afresh on me,
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.

 

Call to Worship

God, in the beginning your Spirit brooded over the water and you created everything.

By your Spirit you create us anew, and we praise you.
Loving Christ, when you rose from the dead you breathed your Spirit into us.
By your Spirit you raise us up from death, and we thank you.
Holy Spirit, you breathe your love into us and give us your beauty and your courage.
In your Spirit you make us one body, the Body of Christ, the Body of Love.
In your Spirit we bear your love to the world.
We love you; we worship you; we serve you. Alleluia!

 

Opening Hymn   “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”  TFWS 2120  VS. 1, 3 & 4

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.” Refrain

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. Refrain

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. Refrain

 

Old Testament Lesson  Genesis 11:1-9  NIV

11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

The Word of God….Thanks Be To God


Call to Reconciliation

We still don’t get it – this gift called grace, this mercy called forgiveness.  So, we want more signs, more proof, more evidence that God loves us.  Yet, all we have to do is what Jesus did – trust in God: completely, foolishly, daringly.  Let us pray, telling God how hard such trust is for us, hoping that God’s gracious Spirit will dance in our hearts.

Prayer of Confession (All)

We look for tongues of fire to dance upon us, God of Pentecost, but hold only the ashes of our broken promises.  We long to speak simply and clearly so that everyone, everywhere, might understand your love for them, but we scatter our words to the wind with our inability to care for others.  We want you to show us the secrets of the kingdom, never noticing they are revealed in the songs of children, the memories of older folks, the dreams of the young all around us.
Have mercy on us, and pour out your Spirit, God of amazing days.  When we pull the shutters of our souls shut, fling them open with the breath of wonder.  When we turn out all the lights and huddle in the shadows of fear, illumine our hearts with the dancing flames of the Spirit’s joy.  When we find it impossible to come up with the language of love, pour your Word, Jesus Christ, into our emptiness so we may fill others. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Hear the good news for us.  God pours the Spirit upon us in these moments – the Spirit which comforts us, which encourages us, which transforms us through God’s grace.
Thanks be to God!  The Spirit brings us peace, comforts our hearts, and fills us with hope.  We are forgiven and made new.  Amen.

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response   “Spirit Song”  UMH 347 Vs. 1

Oh, let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love;

Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul
Oh, let him have the things that hold you, and his Spirit, like a dove,

Will descend upon your life and make you whole Jesus,

Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

 

Epistle Lesson    Acts 2:1-11  The Message

1-4 When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them. 5-11 There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were blown away. They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t these all Galileans? How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues? Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene;
Immigrants from Rome, both Jews and proselytes; Even Cretans and Arabs! “They’re speaking our languages, describing God’s mighty works!”

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

 

Sermon   “Spirit  of God, Descend Upon Our Hearts “ Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory   “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart” (Atkinson)

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;

Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move.

Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art,

And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?

All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.

I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling:

Oh, let me seek Thee, and, oh, let me find!

Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;

Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,

To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;

Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,

One holy passion filling all my frame;

The kindling of the heav’n-descended Dove,

My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

As you would transform our doubts and set us free from our fears, so we pray these gifts we offer might bring hope to those who despair, might feed those who hunger for hope as well as food, and might gather them into your community of wonder and joy.  We pray this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn   “Faithful God, You Sent Your Spirit”  (“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”)

Words By Carolyn Winfrey Gilette

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.

 

Benediction

We have heard the voice of God,

who scatters us to gather the world into the community of grace and hope.
We will go to fill the emptiness of others, to bring fresh air into all the stagnant places of our neighborhoods and world.

We have heard the words of Jesus,

who calls us to share the whispers of healing, of reconciliation, of renewal.
We will go to comfort those hiding in shadows,

to be the breath of kindness to the ridiculed, to share in the silence of the broken and grieving.
We have heard the rush of the Spirit’s wind,

who would shatter our complacency, and give us voices for justice and righteousness.
We will go to sing songs of strength to the weak,

to whisper words of love to those who know only hate, to shout for the renewal of all people everywhere.

 

Choral Benediction  “Breathe On Me, Breath of God” (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.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

Last Sunday’s Altar Flowers

In memory of Sefi’s mother, Adejoh

 

 

We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:

 

Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Email: Lovely.Lane.BCS@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601

Email: revdeb8@aol.com

 

 

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