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6/5/22 Bulletin

Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children

Pentecost Sunday

June 5, 2022

9:00 a.m.

This service will be in the sanctuary and on Zoom at 9:00 a.m.

Join us for Zoom Coffee Hour beginning shortly after the service ends.

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10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service followed by Zoom Coffee Hour

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Silent Prayer

Holy God, who comes to us in breath, visits us from the throne of heaven, and sets us aflame with amazement and joy, you open our paths to new visions and guide our feet deeper into your wisdom. Give us faith to trust your presence, through Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit


Prelude O Spirit of Life Tune: O Heiliger Geist/ D. Cherwien


*Introit Spirit of the Living God R. #281

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me, Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

*Call to Worship

One: Divine Teacher, whirl around us with your wisdom, All: Divine Comforter, encircle us with the peace that comes only from you. One: As the Holy Winds fill our lives with dreams, empower us to live God’s hope in this world. All: As the Holy Fire fills our hearts with visions, empower us to create a world of justice and peace. One: May the Divine Gales of this day move us to know the love of God.

All: Amen

*Passing of the Peace (ASL) - Lighting of the Peace Candle & Prayer for Peace & Justice

*Hymn O Holy Dove of God Descending B. #285

O Holy Dove of God descending, you are the love that knows no ending, All of our shattered dreams you’re mending: Spirit, now live in me.

O Holy Wind of God now blowing, you are the seed that God is sowing, You are the life that starts us growing: Spirit, now live in me.

O Holy Rain of God now falling, you make the Word of God enthralling, You are that inner voice now calling: Spirit, now live in me.

O Holy Flame of God now burning, you are the power of Christ returning, You are the answer to our yearning: Spirit, now live in me.

*Invocation (spoken in unison)

Holy Winds of Mystery, as the dawn breaks forth, your Spirit exhales your intentions for our world. As new chapters and eras arise in our lives, your Spirit invites us to wisdom that only comes from you. Open our souls to the wonders of your being. Settle our hearts when questions surround us. Fill our minds with the knowledge that your Spirit will lead us forward. Amen

Children’s Message

New Testament Reading (Christian Scriptures) Acts 2:1-21

Special Music

Message                                                                                                            Rev. TJ Mack

On Pentecost they gathered quite early in the day, a band of Christ’s disciples, to worship, sing, and pray. A mighty wind came blowing, filled all the swirling air, and tongues of fire a-glowing inspired each person there.

The people all around them were startled and amazed to understand their language, as God in Christ they praised. What universal message, what great good news was here? That Christ, once dead, is risen to vanquish all our fear.

God pours the Holy Spirit on all who would believe, on women, men, and children who would God’s grace receive. That Spirit knows no limit, bestowing life and power. The church, formed and reforming, responds in every hour.

O Spirit, sent from heaven on that day long a-go, rekindle faith among us in all

life’s ebb and flow. O give us hearts to listen and tongues aflame with praise,

so folk of every nation glad songs of joy shall raise.

Prayer of Reflection and Growth Loving God, Divine Comforter, peace is absent from our world. From pain to grief, and from turmoil to frustrations, we yearn for what we lack. We ache for the pains and injustices weighing on our hearts to cease. What we forget is to pause and voice our concerns to You. How can we better integrate Your presence in our lives? When have we forgotten to include You in our joys and heartaches? Move us to seek You and speak the burdens of our hearts to You. May Your Spirit refill our souls with peace. Amen

Assurance of Grace The Spirit of God delivers grace and peace as we move through our journeys and inspires us to connect with God and neighbor to create a world of hope and joy. Amen

Prayers of the People – Sharing Joys & Concerns

Lead Me Lord

Lead me Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face.

For it is thou Lord, thou Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.


Welcoming our Tithes and Offerings – Because of our love for the Divine Giver, we seek ways to share our love through our treasures, talents, and time. Whether we give in this hour or throughout this week, may we remember that God’s Spirit encircles these gifts with hope.

Offertory The Lord’s my Shepherd Setting/ Rebecca Groom Te Velde

*The Doxology 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God for all that love has done;

Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One. Amen

*Prayer of Dedication (spoken in unison)

May the gifts we share today and throughout this week nudge us to dream Your dreams. May our giving inspire us to embrace Your visions for our world. Holy Spirit, enliven our souls to create Your realm of justice and peace on earth. Amen

* Communion Hymn I Come with Joy R. #313

I come with joy, a child of God, forgiven, loved and free,

the life of Jesus to recall, in love laid down for me,

in love laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed,

the new community of love in Christ's communion bread,

in Christ's communion bread

As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share, each proud division ends.

The love that made us, makes us one, and strangers now are friends,

and strangers now are friends.

The Spirit of the risen Christ, unseen, but ever near,

is in such friendship better known, alive among us here,

alive among us here.

Together met, together bound by all that God has done,

we'll go with joy, to give the world the love that makes us one,

the love that makes us one.

Holy Communion One: Christ is Risen! All: Christ is risen indeed! One: Lift up your hearts. All: We lift them up to the Lord. One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

One: Creator, Redeemer, and Holy Spirit; Source of Life, Living Word, and Bond of Love: We praise You for Jesus Christ, who reminds us that even in fear-filled days, cloaked with the powers of death, Your eternal love arises, and never leaves us. For we rejoice with all Your people and with the angels, because life is stronger than death! We proclaim the glory of Your name: All: Holy is Jesus, God Incarnate, the Risen Christ, whose mercy gathers us together in community, whose grace meets us in our brokenness, and whose loving faithfulness gives us renewed hope. One: In this meal, we remember Jesus, his promises, and the price he paid for who he was, what he said, and what he did; for our benefit. On the night before Jesus died, He took a loaf of bread, Gave thanks, broke it, and said, “Take and eat, this is my body, given for you. Do this, in remembrance of me.” After supper, Jesus took the cup and poured, saying, “This is the cup of the new covenant, poured out for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.” In sharing this meal, we live out the mystery of our faith: All: We remember Christ’s life of love, and friendship, and teaching. We remember Christ’s dying, and rising to life again. One: Bless this bread and this cup, the wheat and the grape, the farmer and the harvest, the seed and the sower. These simple elements are shared in community, so that we may taste and see your goodness and become one body in Christ. All: For it is through Christ, in Christ, and with Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, that all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forevermore. Amen

One: The body of Christ, All: the bread of life. One: The lifeblood of Christ, All: the cup of blessing. One: The gifts of God for the people of God. All: Thanks be to God.

One: Let us pray: O Christ, we thank You for this feast of life. Fed by Your love, and strengthened by Your life; we humbly accept Your call to go into this world to live with hope, and to share Your joy. All: You commission us to feed as we have been fed, forgive as we have been forgiven, and love as we have been loved. Thanks be to God. Amen


In each gust of wind, may we reach out to the God of inspiration. In each flicker of flame, may we follow the light of Christ. For the Spirit of God surrounds us, filling our hearts with dreams, our minds with visions, and our souls with the energy to create the realm of God on earth. Go and do. Amen

*Sung Benediction Go With Us, Lord R. #336

That in your Spirit strong and true our lives may be our gift to you.

Postlude We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight Dunlap’s Creek/ Giamanco

(Please remain seated for the Postlude)

The rose on the Altar this morning is in celebration of the birth of Hazel Amelia Dow, born to Rachel Dow on June 1, 2022.

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Many thanks to those who helped make this service possible –

in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Music Minister – Debbie Riley

Choir – Mary Angela Davis, Nick Davis, Phoebe Devenish, Phil Devenish,

Jeanne Edwards, Peggy Emigh, Jack Hirschenhofer, Priscilla Hirschenhofer, Pat Summerer

Deacons – Nick Davis, Peggy Emigh, & Pat Summerer

Liturgist – Vicky Espling

Graphics Minister – Cynthia Wood

Audio-Video Support – Ron Schwizer & Mike Summerer

Office Secretary – Vicky Espling

Settled Minister – TJ Mack

The Body of Christ – You


· - Ask God: Service Prayers for Pentecost Sunday C was written by the Rev. Michelle L. Torigian, Senior Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.

· To Give Thanks for What God has Done, Service prayers with Communion, was written by the Rev. Dr. Sheila Harvey Guillaume, pastor of Union Congregational

United Church of Christ in West Palm Beach.

· Feasting on the Word

"Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-738532. All rights reserved.”

Words and Music - ©1963 Jubilate Music

Contributors: Daniel Iverson and Michale Baughen, Daniel Iverson

O Holy Dove of God Descending - Bryan Jeffery Leech

Words and Music - ©1976 Fred Bock Music Company

On Pentecost They Gathered

Words - ©1981 Presbyterian Publishing/Westminster John Knox/Geneva Press

Contributors: Jane Parker Huber

Words - ©1995 Hope Publishing Company

Contributors: Brian Wren

Go with Us, Lord

Words - ©1990 Hope Publishing Company

Contributors: Mary Jackson Cathey

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