Pentecost Sunday

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY         with Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS

(Acts 2, Romans 8, John 15)

Come, Holy Spirit, come. Come as tongues of fire to enliven us. Come as sighs too deep for words to comfort us. Come as our Advocate to guide us. Come, Holy Spirit, come.

CALL TO WORSHIP   (Acts 2)

Debbie Young - Liturgist

We can’t explain God…We can try. But none of our human explanations or theories or systematic theologies can really do God justice. This is especially true when it comes to the Holy Spirit. We can’t explain the Holy Spirit. That’s why we turn to metaphors, like wind, which we can’t see but we can feel. Metaphors like fire, which we can’t control, but which can warm us and give us light and energy.

 

On Pentecost Sunday, we remember that when Peter and the disciples, and other followers of Jesus, were gathered together, the Holy Spirit came upon them like a rush of wind, like flames of fire. On Pentecost Sunday, we remember that the Holy Spirit is given to each of us. We can’t see the Spirit, but we can feel the Spirit. We can’t control the Spirit, but we can allow the Holy Spirit to warm us and to give us light and energy.

HYMN:                       Spirit of God

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2117

OPENING PRAYER (unison)

(Acts 2, Ps 104, Romans 8, John 15)

Debbie Young - Liturgist

Wind of God, present since before creation, fall on us now. Whisper to us. Shout to us. Comfort and guide us. Alight on us anew and revive our own spirits to love and serve. Amen.

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

EPISTLE READING             Acts 2: 1-21

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

Surely the Presence of the Lord

UMC Hymnal    #328

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE        Pastor Bob

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN:                              Spirit Song

UMC Hymnal    #347

GOSPEL LESSON

John 15: 26-27; 16: 4b-15

MEDITATION                            Pastor Bob

“Please Raise Your Right Hand…”

OFFERTORY

Hallelujah                   soloist Alli Ray

Words by Rufus Wainwright,

arr. Lincoln Brewster

BLESSING THE OFFERING  (unison)

(Acts 2)

You have poured out your Holy Spirit on us, O Lord, prompting us to help others, by sharing our time, our talents, and our treasures. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon these gifts, that they may help us to do your work in this community and around this world, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

HYMN:         Every Time I Feel the Spirit

UMC Hymnal    #404

BENEDICTION

May the Spirit of God, sent forth to create, stir in your hearts and minds and souls a vision of new creation.

Go, Spirit-filled people.

DEPART IN PEACE…Shalom!

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Shalom to You    UMC Hymnal #666