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May 31, 2020 – Pentecost Sunday

We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude         Variations on ‘Down Ampney’         Jan Bender
(Pentecost Hymn #313 – Come Down, O Love Divine)       (1909-1994)

Welcome          Rev. Christopher A. Henry

Call to Worship          Rev. Kelley J. Jepsen

One: The Spirit of God descends like a dove,
bringing peace to unite the world.

All: The Spirit comes like a breath,
bringing life to renew each and everyone of us.

One: The Spirit spreads like fire,
bringing energy for witnessing to the love of God.

All: Spirit of the living God,
come to us and transform our lives by your power.

One: Let us worship God in spirit and in truth!

Prayer of Adoration

Opening Hymn #130        Let Every Christian Pray         LAUDES DOMINI

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

God, our source of life and being,
We acknowledge that we have too much in our minds,
         we are overwhelmed by the restlessness within our hearts.
         And so we choose that which is best only for our own selves.
Grant us perspective to recognize where your love is,
         to see this world through other’s eyes,
         to realize that we depend on each other and on you.
Empower us to act with compassion and not turn aside,
         to offer kindness with the brokenhearted
         to say thanks for the gift of this new day.
We pray this in the name of your son Jesus Christ. Alleluia! Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Response of Praise         Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow         OLD HUNDREDTH

Passing of the Peace

Leader:          The peace of Christ be with you.

People:         And also with you.

We Experience God’s Word

Time with Children

Prayer for Illumination          Jessie Trawick

First Lesson         Deuteronomy 34:1-4, 9

Solo       A Pentecost Prayer         Carson P. Cooman

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things,
and evermore to rejoice, in his holy comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord:
Amen.

Second Lesson            Colossians 1:1-8

Sermon           Rev. Jasiel Hernandez

“Giving Thanks”
"...because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people."
(Colossians 1:4)

We Give Thanks to God

Affirmation of Faith        From the Belhar Confession         Rev. Christopher A. Henry

We believe that Christ’s work of reconciliation is made manifest in the church
           as the community of believers who have been reconciled with God and with one another;
We believe that unity is, therefore, both a gift and an obligation for the church of Jesus Christ;
           that through the working of God’s Spirit it is a binding force,
           yet simultaneously a reality which must be earnestly pursued and sought:
           one which the people of God must continually be built up to attain;
We believe that this unity of the people of God must be manifested and be active in a variety of ways;
           in that we love one another;
           that we experience, practice and pursue community with one another;
           that we are obligated to give ourselves willingly and joyfully
                 to be of benefit and blessing to one another...

Call to Generosity

Offertory            Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit         spiritual, arr. H.T. Burleigh

Prayers of the People and 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 Go Forth to Serve

Closing Hymn #315            Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit

Charge and Benediction

Postlude          Allegro on ‘Down Ampney’          Jan Bender