Worship: May 31, 2020

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of 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. Acts 2:17

 

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2020-05-31 Pentecost & Peace with Justice Sunday

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Online meeting opens at 10:45 am
so we can greet each other as we gather
before the 11:00 am worship service.

WELCOME

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
May 30-June 6

ANNOUNCEMENTS

      • Wednesday Bible Study, 6:30 pm
      • On-site church gatherings suspended through May

The host will mute everyone except the leader during hymns and longer unison prayers so we can all sing and speak together without the distraction of various lag times. Otherwise, sound will be on for all participants so we can interact freely throughout the service (exception: disruptive background noises).

INVOCATION

HYMN OF PRAISE
“Revive Us Again”

1. We praise Thee O God
For the Son of Thy love
For Jesus who died
And is now gone above

Chorus: Hallelujah Thine the glory
Hallelujah amen
Hallelujah Thine the glory
Revive us again

2. We praise Thee O God
For Thy Spirit of light
Who has shown us our Savior
And scattered our night

Chorus: Hallelujah Thine the glory
Hallelujah amen
Hallelujah Thine the glory
Revive us again

3. All glory and praise
To the Lamb that was slain
Who has borne all our sins
And has cleansed every stain

Chorus: Hallelujah Thine the glory
Hallelujah amen
Hallelujah Thine the glory
Revive us again

4. All glory and praise
To the God of all grace,
Who hast brought us, and sought us,
And guided our ways.

Chorus: Hallelujah Thine the glory
Hallelujah amen
Hallelujah Thine the glory
Revive us again

5. Revive us again
Fill each heart with Thy love
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above

Chorus: Hallelujah Thine the glory
Hallelujah amen
Hallelujah Thine the glory
Revive us again

CCLI Song # 28232 CCLI License # 3194034.
John Jenkins Husband | William Paton Mackay
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

PRAISE AND TESTIMONIES
Briefly share your recent God-Sightings, joys, thankfulness, and good thoughts so the rest of us can rejoice with you.

PRAYER CONCERNS
We remain in solidarity with suffering children, immigrants, victims of war and storms, and everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop McAlilly requests prayer
at noon daily for health care workers.

Additions from Last Week
Scottie Schaeffer, Family of Gerald Brunalt

Health Care Workers
Ron Fowler, Melissa Milam, Donna Smith, Greer Waldrop

Homebound
Freda & Dan Wyatt, Mary Lou Anderson, Betty Travis,
Carl Hamilton, Ruth Purvis, Will Lawson, Bruce Gillette

Military Families
Ron Fowler, Dylan Field, Kale Merrick, Matthew Petway, Sarah Petway,  Randy Bagwell, Christopher Telle, Brittany Jones, Bryar Fortner

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle for May 31-June 6:
Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Ever-present One, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh and let the Holy Comforter bring healing and peace to all who live with illness, suffering, oppression, or injustice.

          Like a wildfire,
the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks. 

Ever-near One, let your deeds of power be with us in this community, that your children may prophesy, your young people see visions, and your elder people dream dreams.

 Like a wildfire,
the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks.
 (Acts 2:3 MSG)

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
AND RECONCILIATION
Brief silent consideration of how we have responded to our personal and congregational opportunities to do good, as we face ourselves honestly in the presence of the Almighty.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
May Almighty God have mercy on us
to bless our good works
and forgive us our sins,
and lead us into everlasting life.

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever. Amen.

OFFERTORY
www.Briensburg.org/donate

We give thanks for those who are continuing their financial support of our ministries with online, mail-in, or drop-off tithes and offerings.

We offer to the Lord our prayers,
our presence, our gifts,
our service, and our witness,
praying they will be multiplied
for the upbuilding of God’s kingdom.

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Praise God all creatures here below!
Praise God above, ye Heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

CCLI Song # 56204 CCLI License # 3194034
Louis Bourgeois | Thomas Ken
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

THE GOSPEL READING
Acts 2:1-21

1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of 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:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

HYMN OF CELEBRATION
“Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart”

1. Spirit of God descend upon my heart
Wean it from earth through all its pulses move
Stoop to my weakness strength to me impart
And make me love You as I ought to love

2. I ask no dream no prophet ecstasies
No sudden rending of the veil of clay
No angel visitant no op’ning skies
But take the dimness of my soul away

3. Have You not bid me love You God and King
All all Your own soul heart and strength and mind
I see Your cross there teach my heart to cling
Oh let me seek You and oh let me find
4. Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

5. Teach me to love You as Your angels love
One holy passion filling all my frame
The baptism of the heav’n descended dove
My heart an altar and Your love the flame

CCLI Song # 4247768 CCLI License # 3194034
George Croly | Robert Buchley Farlee
© Words: Public Domain
Music: 2004 MorningStar Music Publishers

PASSING THE PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you all!
And also with you!

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

CONVERSATIONAL SERMON

 

HYMN OF DEDICATION
“Faithful God, You Sent Your Spirit”

1. Faithful God, you sent your Spirit
Long ago at Pentecost.
You gave life and said to share it,
All as one, beneath your cross.
May we see your wondrous blessing
When your people everywhere
Work together, all confessing
Faith that binds us, faith to share.

2. God of hope, you daily nurture
Those who seek to follow you.
You’re not bound by any culture;
You love rich and poor ones, too.
In an ever-changing nation,
May your churches welcome in
Every child of your creation,
Giving hope to all again.

3. God of love, may we in worship
Welcome our diversity.
May we reach in trust and friendship
To the poor and refugee.
May we see Christ in the stranger,
Breaking bonds of hate and fear.
By your Spirit, may we offer
Glimpses of your kingdom here.

Biblical References: Acts 2:1-21; John 17:11-18; Matthew 25:35-40, 28:19; Galatians 3:28
Tune: John Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, 1813 (“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”)
Text: Copyright © 2008 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

 

“Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus, Mark 16:15

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
We invite you, your friends, and your family to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and to full participation and membership in our congregation. 

GOING FORTH TO LOVE OTHERS
AS CHRIST LOVES US

CHORAL BENEDICTION
“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”

Beloved let us love one another
For love is of God and ev’ryone that loveth
Is born of God and knoweth God
He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love
Beloved let us love one another
First John four seven and eight

CCLI Song # 26344; CCLI License # 3194034
Dennis Ryder
© 1974 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

 


FURTHER REFLECTION

The Pandemic of Racism
by Bishop McAlilly