Pentecost Sunday

May 31, 2020

 

 

** Please, keep your phone mute unless you speak.

 

PRELUDE                                                                                                                     Chris Pierce

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

With rushing wind and holy fire…

Come, Holy Spirit, come.

With tongues of flame and hopes rekindled …

Come, Holy Spirit, come.

With visions birthed and dreams restored …

Come, Holy Spirit, come.

With spacious grace and depth untold …

Come, Holy Spirit, come.

With rushing wind and holy fire …

Come, Holy Spirit, come.

 

OPENING PRAYER

Spirit of Pentecost, blow open the doors of our shut up hearts.  Set our tongues free to proclaim your praise.  Bless our youth with visions, and our elders with dreams.  Bestow our children with gifts of prophecy and renew the faith of your people throughout the world.  Blow into our lives, once more, Holy One, and help us find the strength and courage to become the people you call us to be.  Amen.

 

PSALM READING                                                                                        Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

O Lord, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

Yonder is the sea, great and wide,

creeping things innumerable are there,

living things both small and great.

There go the ships,

and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

These all look to you to give them their food in due season;

when you give to them, they gather it up;

when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

When you hide your face, they are dismayed;

when you take away their breath,

they die and return to their dust.

When you send forth your spirit, they are created;

and you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord rejoice in his works—

who looks on the earth and it trembles,

who touches the mountains and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

May my meditation be pleasing to him,

for I rejoice in the Lord.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Praise the Lord!

 

SCRIPTURE READING                                                                                           Acts 2:1-21

 

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

 

HYMN                                                     Spirit of God                                                TFWS 2117

 

  1. 1 Spirit of God, bright Wind, breath that bids life begin,
    blow as you always do; create us anew.
    Give us the breath to sing, lifted on soaring wing,
    held in your hands, born on your wings.
    Alleluia! Come, Spirit, Come!

 

  1. 2 Spirit of God, bright Dove, grant us your peace and love,
    healing upon your wings for all living things.
    For when we live your peace, captives will find release,
    held in your hands, born on your wings.
    Alleluia! Come, Spirit, Come! 

 

  1. 3 Spirit of God, bright Hands, even in far off lands
    you hold all the human race in one warm embrace.
    No matter where we go, you hold us together so,
    held in your hands, born on your wings.
    Alleluia! Come, Spirit, Come!

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE  { Lord, in your mercy….Hear our prayers}

 

  1. For our churches and the ongoing ministries here, especially Food Pantry and the volunteers. May God grant us wisdom, discernment, and grace at this time. 2. Prayers for our shut ins and homebound individuals. 3. For the medical professionals including Antoinette Romito & Kelly Transue, and first responders in our community. 4. For the leaders of the nation and the church and their discernment. 5. Pastoral transition  6. Please, add your prayers …

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

OUR LORD’S PRAYER ~ Together, we pray…

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.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

OFFERING OF OURSELVES & OUR GIFTS                                           2 Corinthians 9:6 – 11

OFFERING PRAYER

For opening your hand and blessing us with your manifold blessings, we give you thanks, O God.  On this day of Pentecost, may our gifts bring dreams and visions to world in need of hope and direction.  And may our hearts overflow with rivers of living water.   Amen.

 

 

HYMN                                                As a Fire Is Meant for Burning                          TFWS 2237

 

  1. 1 As a fire is meant for burning

with a bright and warming flame,
so the church is meant for mission,
giving glory to God’s name.
Not to preach our creeds or customs,
but to build a bridge of care,
we join hands across the nations,
finding neighbors everywhere.

 

  1. 2 We are learners; we are teachers;
    we are pilgrims on the way.
    We are seekers; we are givers;
    we are vessels made of clay.
    By our gentle, loving actions,
    we would show that Christ is light.
    In a humble, listening Spirit,
    we would live to God’s delight.

 

  1. 3 As a green bud in the springtime
    is the sign of life renewed,
    so may we be signs of oneness
    ’mid earth’s peoples, many hued.
    As a rainbow lights the heavens
    when a storm is past and gone,
    may our lives reflect the radiance
    of God’s new and glorious dawn.

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BENEDICTION

 

With rushing wind and holy fire, go forth in the power of the living God.

With tongues of flame and hope rekindled, go forth in the power of the eternal Christ.

With visions birthed and dreams restored, go forth in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

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  1. Worship Service on June 14: Our New York Annual Conference will be organizing an online worship service
  2. Church Reopening Team