THE DAY OF PENTECOST
May 31, 2020 | 10:00 AM
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First, we’re not just friendly, we’re friends! Our primary belief is that everyone (no exceptions!) is created in the loving image of God, who is love itself.
Second, in everything we do, we strive to live our mission: By the power of Christ, we are blessed to be a blessing!
WE GATHER TO WORSHIP
(the people’s words in bold print)
“Veni Creator Spiritus”
(MUSIC: Plainsong, Mode VIII)
“Salve Festa Dies”
(MUSIC: R. Vaughn Williams)
CHIMING OF THE HOUR
CALL TO WORSHIP
The light of God’s Spirit has fallen upon us!
God has blessed us with the Holy Spirit.
Like tongues of fire, the Spirit renews and restores.
In our rising and in our sleeping,
in our working and in our playing,
in our joys and in our sorrows,
The Spirit’s brightness dispels the darkness!
In our loving and in our caring,
in our thoughts and in our actions,
in our comings and in our goings,
We will celebrate the gift of God’s Spirit to the world!
HYMN OF PRAISE
“Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”
OPENING PRAYER (pray together)
We celebrate your gift of the Spirit, gracious God! As we worship at home, we praise you that the Spirit binds us together. Re-create us as a daring people, open to new possibilities that you offer. Calm our fears, lest they block us from receiving your power. And grant us your peace and joy. In the name of Christ, Amen!
WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD
SCRIPTURE READING - THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
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. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
“‘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.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’"
GIFT OF MUSIC
“Every Time I Feel the Spirit”
(MUSIC: Traditional Spiritual)
Performed and produced by Ashley Everhart
“The Spirit's Call”
Rev. Lisa Martin, Pastor, FPC
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
WE DEPART TO SERVE
“REVIVE US AGAIN!”
recording courtesy of The Bethel Christian School Choir
BLESSING + BENEDICTION
(Gordon Young, arranged by Douglas E. Wagner)
GOD’S TITHES + OUR OFFERINGS
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