May 27, 2012
Leader: The Day of Pentecost is here! God’s children have gathered in this place.
People: We are transformed into God’s family by God’s Spirit joining with ours.
Leader: Come, Spirit of adoption, and open our hearts to our sisters and brothers.
People: Come, Holy Spirit!
Leader: Come, Spirit of peace, and calm our trembling hearts…
People: Come, Holy Spirit!
Leader: Come breath of God, and overturn our conventional lives.
People: Come Holy Spirit!
*OPENING HYMN “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart” UMH 500
PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
On this Pentecost Sunday, we confess to You, O Lord – our division, for we are not gathered together as Your people in one place; our fear of the rush of your Spirit in our lives and what it might call us to do or to be; our desire for a monolingual society, even when you allowed the early church to transcend all language, not favoring one over another; our actions that can be like the crowds that taunt and torment, language, mocking those who are filled with your Spirit that burns like fire and rushes like wind. On this Pentecost Sunday, O Lord – help us to let down our barriers to your Spirit; guide us to live with joy, abandon, and faithfulness; and create in us new hearts to be new people who worship only You. Amen.
JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORDS PRAYER
DEDICATION OF OFFERING
Our heavenly Father, every good and perfect gift comes from you. We recognize that all we’ve been given is a blessing from our Father, who loves us. As we bring our offerings to you this morning, we do so humbly. We know we wouldn’t have gifts to bring if it weren’t for your blessing and generosity toward us. And so we come to bless and give generously back to you. May our offerings be pleasing to you and come from pure and grateful hearts. And may all that we give be used to further your kingdom. In your holy name. Amen
*HYMN “Be Thou My Vision” UMH 451
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
OLD TESTAMENT READING Psalm 104:24-34, 35b PB, pg. 533
NEW TESTAMENT READING Acts 2:1-21 PB, pg. 112
MESSAGE Michael Keffer, Guest Speaker
*CLOSING HYMN “Go Tell it On the Mountain” UMH 251
BENEDICTION AND SENDING FORTH
Go forth into the world in peace, render to no one evil for evil.
Strengthen the faint hearted, support the weak, help the afflicted, honor all people. Love and serve the lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the Sanctuary.
Information on Mingus Mt. Summer Camp on bulletin board. Scholarships are available!!!
The June 4-9 Explorers Elementary Camp at Mingus Mt needs male cabin leaders. Call Katharine Keller.
The “Pink Heals Tour 2012” kick-off event will be Friday, July 27th from 5 to 9pm in the Food City parking lot.