~ SERVICE OF WORD & SACRAMENT ~

May 23, 2021

Pentecost Sunday

This service includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

If you would like to partake, please take a moment prior to watching the service to prepare a small piece of bread or cracker as well as a cup of wine or juice. 

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

     Pastor: Listen, can you hear the wind?           

     People: Come, Holy Spirit; come!

     Pastor: Look, can you see the dancing flames?          

     People: Come, Holy Spirit; come!

     Pastor: Can you hear the message in a language you can understand?

     People: Come, Holy Spirit; come! 

     Pastor: Do you see the visions? Can you dream the dreams?

     People: Come, Holy Spirit; come!

     Pastor: Come let Pentecost become real in our lives. Come and worship God who sends the Spirit to touch us and transform us into Pentecost people

From www.ministrymatters.com

 

GATHERING HYMN

“O Spirit Of The Living God”

 

O Spirit of the living God, 

Pure Light and Fire Divine:

Burn brightly in your church once more,

Its life and faith refine,

Fill it with love and joy and power, 

With righteousness and peace,

Till Christ shall dwell in human hearts,

And sin and sorrow cease.

 

Blow, wind of God! With wisdom blow, 

Disperse and put to flight

The mists of error, clouds of doubt

Which hide you from our sight.

Burn, winged Fire! Inspire our lips,

Renew in us your call

To preach with zeal your great Good News:

God’s love extends to all!

 

Teach us to utter living words

Of truth which all may hear,

The language all can understand 

When love speaks loud and clear;

Till every nation, age, and race

Shall blend their creeds in one,

And all together use their gifts

To see your will is done.

ST. MATTHEW

Henry Hallam Tweedy, 1933 / William Croft, 1708

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gracious God, we do not often listen for your Holy Spirit. We turn from your guidance and your inspiration. The whispers and the shouts do not penetrate the noise of our daily lives. We silence the wisdom available to us through your Spirit of Truth. Open our lives to your holy whispers and shouts, that our very lives may testify to unseen hope. Amen.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. The Abington Worship Annual 2021 (p.130). Abington Press. Kindle Edition.

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ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Pastor:  God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)

ACT OF PRAISE

     Pastor:  Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

World without end! Amen. Amen.

FIRST READING

Acts 2: 1-21

The Coming Of The Holy Spirit

 

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.’

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS    

GOSPEL READING

John 7: 37-39

Rivers Of Living Water

 

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

HYMN

“Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove”

Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove, with all your quick’ning pow’rs;

Kindle a flame of sacred love in these cold hearts of ours.

 

In vain we tune our formal songs, in vain we strive to rise;

Hosannas languish on our tongues, and our devotion dies.

 

Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove, with all your quick’ning pow’rs;

Come, shed on us the Savior’s love, that it may kindle ours.

ST. AGNES

Isaac Watts, 1707 / John B. Dykes, 1866

TEACHING TIME

HANDBELL ANTHEM 

“Holy Spirit, Breath Of God”

Joyful Ringers / arr. Linda R. Lamb

OFFERING

     Invitation

     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

     Dedication Of The Offering

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Pastor: Luke the evangelist wrote of our risen Savior, who at the table with two of the disciples took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.  Their eyes were opened and they recognized the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

People: In company with all believers, in every time and beyond time, we come to this table to know Christ in the breaking of the bread.

 

COMMUNION PRAYER

     Pastor:  God be with you.

     People: And also with you.

     Pastor:  Lift up your hearts.

     People: We lift them to God.

     Pastor:  Let us give thanks to God most High.

     People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

We give you thanks, O God, for the mighty sweep of your love, embracing all people and all nations. We thank you that you have sent Jesus Christ to us to break down the walls of hostility which divide the earth’s people, and to reveal your all-encompassing love, making us all one. Through the power of your spirit, may this unity become reality. Now, by your presence, make sacred this feast of our Savior Jesus Christ. As this broken bread was scattered like grain on the hillsides, and then, when gathered together became one loaf, so may your church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into your eternal kingdom. May our lives be poured out in compassion, and in solidarity with the poor, the oppressed, and the hungry of this world.  

from Bread for the Journey by Ruth C. Duck

Response: “Holy Holy Holy”

 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full, are full

Of the majesty of Thy glory.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord,

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

We remember that on the night of betrayal and desertion, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread, and gave it to the disciples, saying: “This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, Jesus also took the cup, after supper, saying: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. By eating the bread and drinking of the cup, we proclaim Christ’s death, celebrate Christ’s resurrection, and await Christ’s coming again.

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. 

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION

Consecrate now by your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and cup, and bless us, that as we receive them here at this table, we may offer you our faith and our praise, we may be united with Christ and with each other, and we may continue faithful in all things. 

 

BREAKING OF THE BREAD AND POURING OF THE WINE

The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ.

The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.

                                                                                                   

INVITATION

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.  All things are now ready.

 

SHARING OF THE ELEMENTS

Take and eat, this is the body of Christ broken for you.

(You may partake of the bread at this time and pause for a moment of prayer and reflection)

Take and drink, this is the blood of Christ shed for you.

(You may partake of the wine at this time and pause for a moment of prayer and reflection)

         

UNISON PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

We thank you, God, for inviting us to this table where we have known the presence of your son Jesus Christ.  Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage and in peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen!

 

PARTING HYMN

“Let Us Talents & Tongues Employ”

 

Let us talents and tongues employ, 

Reaching out with a shout of joy:

Bread is broken, the wine is poured, 

Christ is spoken and seen and heard.

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again, 

pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,

Pass the Word around: loaves abound!

 

Christ is able to make us one, 

At his table he set the tone,

Teaching people to live to bless, 

Love in word and in deed express.

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again, 

pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,

Pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Jesus calls us in, sends us out

Bearing fruit in a world of doubt,

Gives us love to tell, bread to share: 

God (Immanuel) everywhere!

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again, 

pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,

Pass the Word around: loaves abound!

LINSTEAD

Fred Kaan, 1975 / Jamaican folk song Adapt. Doreen Potter, 1975

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

 

Tuesday, May 25

6:00PM – Consistory Meeting

 

Sunday, May 30

9:00AM – Trinity Sunday Worship Service

10:15AM – Joyful Ringers Rehearsal

Monday, May 31

Memorial Day

 

Sunday, June 06

9:00AM – Music Sunday Worship Service

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

The May/June Upper Rooms are available in the Narthex.

 

Reminder: You may pick up your sticky bun orders Tuesday, May 25 after 5PM, Wednesday, May 26 9AM-4PM, or Thursday, May 27 during office hours. Proceeds will support the ministry at Saint John’s. Thank you for supporting the mission of our church.