"Origin Stories"

Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-11

Sunday July 5, 2020
C
ommunion Sunday


Welcome:

Pastor Bob

 

Announcements: 

Pastor Lea

 

Opening Music:

“Freedom” by Jesus Culture (featuring Kim Walker-Smith) 

 

Step out of the shadows, step out of the grave
Break into the wild and don’t be afraid
Run into wide open spaces
Grace is waiting for you
Dance like the weight has been lifted
Grace is waiting

Where the Spirit of the Lord is 
      there is freedom, there is freedom
Where the Spirit of the Lord is 
     there is freedom, there is freedom
Come out of the dark, just as you are
Into the fullness of His love
The Spirit is here, let there be freedom
Let there be freedom

Bring all of your burdens, bring all of your scars
Come back to communion, come back to the start
Run into wide open spaces
Grace is waiting for you
Dance like the weight has been lifted
Grace is waiting

Where the Spirit of the Lord is 
      there is freedom, there is freedom
Where the Spirit of the Lord is 
      there is freedom, there is freedom
Come out of the dark, just as you are
Into the fullness of His love
The Spirit is here, let there be freedom
Let there be freedom

Chains will fall, prisons shake
At the sound of Jesus’ name
Lives made whole, hearts awake
At the sound of Jesus’ name

Chains will fall, prisons shake
At the sound of Jesus’ name
Lives made whole, hearts awake
At the sound of Jesus’ name, yeah

Where the Spirit of the Lord is 
      there is freedom, there is freedom
Where the Spirit of the Lord is 
    there is freedom, there is freedom
Come out of the dark, just as you are|
Into the fullness of His love
The Spirit is here, let there be freedom
Let there be freedom
Let there be freedom

Dance like the weight has been lifted
Grace is waiting

Dance like the weight has been lifted

Dance like the weight has been lifted
Grace is waiting for you

Dance like the weight has been lifted
Grace is waiting

Dance like the weight has been lifted

Dance like the weight has been lifted
Grace is waiting

Where the Spirit of the Lord is
      there is freedom, there is freedom
Where the Spirit of the Lord is 
      there is freedom, there is freedom
Come out of the dark, just as you are
Into the fullness of His love
The Spirit is here, let there be freedom
Let there be freedom
Let there be freedom
Let there be freedom
Let there be freedom

Morning Prayer:

Pastor Bob

O Lord, our God, pour out your Holy Spirit again, that the world may know the gifts and blessings of your power. Take away our confusion and grant us clarity of vision. Open our senses to the mystery and wonder of faith. Open our minds to the signs of hope you seek to share with us. We are indeed your church, called together in one place for praise and thanksgiving. Let your Holy Spirit fill our hearts and sanctify our lives. Amen. 

Children’s Time:

Pastor Bob

Joys and Concerns:

Pastor Lea

Prayer of Confession (Unison):

Pastor Lea 

Gracious and Almighty God, we often fail to be receptive to the power of your Holy Spirit. Fearful of true unity, our words confuse rather than clarify, hurt rather than heal, and divide rather than unite your people. In your never-failing grace, send your Spirit among us. Forgive us when we reject solidarity and wholeness, and save us from apathy and neglect. Help us to honor the image of the Divine in ourselves and everyone we meet. 

Words of Assurance: 

One: There is no fear, confusion, hurt, or division that cannot be bridged by the Holy Spirit, or that cannot be transformed in the name of Jesus Christ. The profligate outpouring of the Spirit moves through the people of God like an everflowing river, washing away sin and bringing forth unity. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God! Amen. 

Pastoral Prayer:

Pastor Bob

Scripture:

Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-11
Don and Mary Jane Lincoln

Message:

“Origin Stories”

Mutual Commitment to Ministry (Unison):

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O Glorious and blessed God,
Creator, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Invitation to offering:

Pastor Lea

 

Offertory:

“The Spirit of America” Jenny Lai

Doxology: UMH 94

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below:
Alleluia! Alleluia! 

Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison):

Pastor Lea

Living God, you have created all that is, 
and every good gift comes from you.
Send forth your Spirit to renew and restore us,
and use our gifts to proclaim your good news
in ways and words that all will understand and believe. Amen.

Great Thanksgiving: 

The Lord’s Prayer:

Sal Butera

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 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, forever. 

Amen.

Closing Music:

Covenant Prayer W&S 3115

  1.  Lord, I am not mine, but yours alone.
    Let your will be done and not my own.
    Put me where you will, and let me serve;
    in everything I do, let me endure.

    Refrain:
    This is my prayer, Lord, to you.
    My promise and my vow, strong and true.
    And the covenant I make on earth,
    let it be fulfilled in heaven. Amen.

    2. Father, Son, and Spirit hear my cry,
    forever I am yours and you are mine.
    Father, son and Spirit hear my cry,
    forever I am yours and you are mine.

    Refrain:
    This is my prayer, Lord, to you.
    My promise and my vow, strong and true.
    And the covenant I make on earth,
    let it be fulfilled in heaven. Amen.

    Bridge:
    Let me be employed for you,
    laid aside for you,
    lifted high for you or brought low.
    Let me be full, let me empty.
    Let me have all things or nothing.

    3. Lord, I am not mine, but yours alone.
    Let your will be done and not my own.
    Put me where you will, and let me serve;
    in everything I do, let me endure.

    Refrain:
    This is my prayer, Lord, to you.
    My promise and my vow, strong and true.
    And the covenant I make on earth,
    let it be fulfilled in heaven. Amen.

Benediction:

Pastor Bob

Postlude:

“America the Beautiful”