"Voices"

  • Date: 05/31/20

Pentecost - Acts 2: 1-21

Worship Online

Sunday, May 31, 2020
Day of Pentecost


Welcome and Announcements           The Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

Centering Moment

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak
in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Acts 2: 4


Opening Hymn              “Here I Am, Lord”     UMH #593
Pam and George Rosemier

  1. I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.
    All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save.
    I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.
    Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?
Refrain
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
  1. I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.
    I have wept for love of them. They turn away.
    I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.
    I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send?
Refrain
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
  1.  I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame,
    I will set a feast for them. My hand will save.
    Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.
    I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send?

Refrain
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

Our Morning Prayer (Unison)                   The Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

O God, you sent the Holy Spirit to enkindle the zeal of Christ’s followers waiting in Jerusalem for his promised gift. Pour the same inspiration on your people here assembled in spirit, and on the Church of Christ throughout the world. Revive the power of the gospel in our hearts, that it may be to us a sacred trust for the blessing of all creation. Enable your Church to spread the good news of salvation, so that all nations may hear it in their own tongues, and welcome it into their own lives. Protect, encourage, and bless all ministers of the cross, and prosper their words and works, so that Jesus, being lifted up, may draw all people unto him, and the kingdoms of the world may become the kingdom of our Lord and of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Joys and Concerns                                     Rev. Lea M. Booth

Prayer of Confession (Unison)                  Rev. Lea M. Booth

God of wind, word and fire, we bless your name this day for sending the light and strength of your Holy Spirit. We give you thanks for all the gifts, great and small, that you have poured out upon your children. Accept us with our gifts to be living praise and witness to your love throughout all the earth; through Jesus Christ, who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer                                          The Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

The Day of Pentecost                                  Rev. Lea M. Booth

Acts 2: 1-21

     When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

     Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

     But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out 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.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
        and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
    and signs on the earth below,
        blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood,
        before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
 

Witness                                         “Voices!”

The Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood


The Great Thanksgiving 
The Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

One:  The Lord be with you.

All:  And also with you.

One: Lift up your hearts.

All:  We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.


All:  It is right to give our thanks and praise.
(Pause for Pastor)

One:  And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

All:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
(Pause for Pastor)

One:  And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
All:  Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
(Pause for Pastor)

All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.
The Lord’s Prayer                                     The Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood
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.
The Family in Holy Communion               The Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood
GIVING THE BREAD AND CUP
One:  The body of Christ, given for you.

All:  Amen.

One:  The blood of Christ, given for you.

All:  Amen.

Special Music                         "Spirit Come Down"                by Mark Hayes

Pam and George Rosemier

Prayer Following Communion (Unison)   The Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood
Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Closing Hymn     “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”        UMH #57
Pam and George Rosemier

1. O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,
    the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!


2. My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,
    to spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name.


3. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;
    ’tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’tis life, and health, and peace.


4. He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free;
    his blood can make the foulest clean; his blood availed for me.


5. He speaks, and listening to his voice, new life the dead receive;
    the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.


6. Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ;
    ye blind, behold your Savior come, and leap, ye lame, for joy.


7. In Christ, your head you then shall know, shall feel your sins forgiven;
    anticipate your heaven below, and own that love is heaven.


Final Blessing                                             The Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood