SUNDAY JUNE 9, 2019
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott BuxWV 199 — Dietrich Buxtehude
As We Gather by Mike Fay & Tommy Coomes
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire, let us thine influence prove; source of the old prophetic fire, fountain of life and love.
P: God, through the Spirit we shall know if thou within us shine, and sound, with all the saints below, the depths of love divine.
OPENING PRAYER (unison)
God of wind, word, and fire, we bless your name this day for sending the light and strength of your Holy Spirit. We give you thanks for all the gifts, great and small, that you have poured out upon your children. Accept us with our gifts to be living praise and witness to your love throughout all the earth; through Jesus Christ, who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever. Amen.
HYMN #422 Jesus, Thine All-Victorious Love
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #328 Surely the Presence of the Lord
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Rev. Candace Lawrence
Come, Holy Spirit by Jean Anne Shafferman Zeke Gonzalez, conga drum
CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #334 Sweet, Sweet Spirit
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist — Johann Pachelbel
PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS #94
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
PRAYER OF DEDICATION AND CONSECRATION (unison)
Almighty God our heavenly Father, we offer ourselves and these gifts to your service in the Church and in the world. Send your Holy Spirit into our hearts that we may be directed and controlled according to your will, led into all truth, defended from all sin, and enriched in all grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE WRITTEN WORD Acts 2:1–21
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.’
QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH
• What experiences have you had of the Holy Spirit?
• What do you need to do to live in the power of the Holy Spirit?
HYMN #465 Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
MESSAGE Invitation to the Party Rev. Candace Lawrence
HYMN # 539 O Spirit of the Living God
DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott BWV 651 — J S Bach