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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:
Second Lesson Colossians 1:1-8
Sermon Rev. Jasiel Hernandez
"...because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people."
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