Order of Worship
Pentecost
May 23, 2021

Organ Prelude

Call to Worship 
One:   We worship God who came among us. Christ is risen!
All:      He is risen indeed!
One:   Christ has sent us the Spirit of truth to dwell with us always.
All:      We receive the Holy Spirit.
One:   We have an advocate who intercedes on behalf of all the saints.
All:      We receive the Holy Spirit.
One:   The Spirit comes upon the mighty and the lowly  the same.
All:      We receive the Holy Spirit.
One:   The Spirit helps us in our weakness and translates our groanings when our words fail.
All:      We receive the Holy Spirit.
One:   The Spirit breathes life into the dry bones of our faith.
All:      Alleluia! We receive the Holy Spirit.
One:   Come, let us worship.

Opening Prayer
Holy One,
you hovered over the face of the waters before creation was given its form.
In your wisdom, everything was created.
Your works are many, and Earth is full of your creatures.
From those who swim in the depths of the sea to those who scurry along the dry grounds.
You made them all and sustain them even now.
You renew the face of the ground with your breath of life.
We all have our being in you and through you alone. Amen.

Storytelling         “Street Corner Proclamations”

Sharing of Scripture                        Acts 2:1–21

Message in Music

Message               “On Fire”             Rev. Laura McLeod

Prayer of Dedication
We praise God for Creation that is uniquely and wonderfully made.
We praise God, the sustainer of life, who provides us with all that we need.
We offer up our praises with our whole being.
Creating and sustaining God, may our meditations be fixed on only what is pleasing to you.
May we produce the first fruits of the Spirit in which you delight.
May the glory of God endure forever. Amen.

A Time of Prayer
Preparation for Prayer
Silent Prayer
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Spirit of truth and life, we search for you in this aching world.
A world that was created by you and through you.
May our eyes see how you delight in your beautiful and diverse creation.
Help us to remember that you find joy in diversity and make things new through differences.
Grant us the capacity to respect the beliefs, opinions, and traditions of others.
Grant us the tools to build bonds of common understanding that will bridge the divide of hatred.

Renew our ignorance for enlightenment.
Grant us new insight.
Replace our lack of understanding with empathy.

Infuse us with a sense of curiosity, instead of fear, when we are met with things we have not experienced ourselves.
Heal the wounds that misunderstanding, discrimination, and racism have created.
Bless us with your breath of life to awaken our sleeping hearts.
May we find our voice to speak up in the face of injustice.
May we be united in our common humanity, knowing that we were each made in the image of God.
In Jesus’ name, we pray, using the words that he taught saying, Our Father…
Amen.

Bless
Go into the world in the truth and reality of God’s love.
Go, covered in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Go, as advocates of justice and peace,
no longer sleepwalking but seeing the glory of God’s creation anew.
Amen.

Organ Postlude

Sharing of Scripture                                  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.’

Street Corner Proclamations
Based on Acts 2:1–21

Today is the Pentecost festival! My family woke up early to head up to the temple, where we will make our sacrifices. Everyone is tired from our long day of travelling yesterday. Everyone, that is, but my father. We are struggling to keep up with his brisk pace. Suddenly we hear shouting. Looking over, I see a crowd of people rushing out of one of the houses along the street. I begin to move closer to the crowd of people; as I do, the shouting becomes more distinguishable. Then I hear a man standing near to me yell, “Aren’t these men Galileans?”
As I move closer, one of the men that I had seen come out of the house rushes up to me. His eyes are lit with excitement; he tells me about what he calls “the good news.” He says that Jesus has risen. Calls him Messiah and Lord of all, and that the promises God made to our ancestors many years ago have been fulfilled! He continues speaking in an animated fashion. As I listen, I can’t help but feel bewildered. Now that I see these men closer, I can tell from their dress and accent that they are indeed from Galilee. I stare at him, feeling astonished. I can understand him! But how? Surprised, I am unable to convince my feet to back away and rejoin my family.
Suddenly I feel a hand grasp around my arm, and I’m pulled backwards away from this Galilean. I look up to see my oldest brother glaring down at me. My father is close behind him, and I’m reprimanded for indulging my attention to these unholy men, who he said were clearly drunk of sweet wine. I immediately protest and remind my father that this couldn’t be true because new wine was not yet in season. With that comment, I am hurried away even faster.
I look back to see another person from this group step away from the crowd. He begins to speak. I feel my heart aching to go back as I want so desperately to hear what is being said, especially about the man they called Jesus. Could what is being said about the Messiah be true?
We continue to make our way to the temple, and I can’t stop wondering if there is any truth in what is being proclaimed. I am so disappointed that I couldn’t stay to hear what the other man had to say. There is something different about the people that rushed into the streets. It’s hard for me to place what it is, but there is a joy, a passion about them that I’ve never seen before. I still feel shocked that this man came up to me and communicated so freely. He looked at me like I was his equal, instead of seeing me only as a girl.

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