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Day of Pentecost (May 31, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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Prelude

Improvisation on “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”
—Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

Welcome
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us worship God!

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Lally/Veech Family

Wind of God, who awakened creation and stirred dry bones to life—sweep through our homes and enliven our worship.
Wind of God, who descended as tongues of flame and gave birth to the church—
sweep through our homes and ignite our hearts.
Wind of God, who guides our ministry and equips us for service—
sweep through our homes and empower our witness.

Hymn 280
Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us

EBENEZER

(1) Come, O Spirit, dwell among us; come with Pentecostal power;
give the church a stronger vision; help us face each crucial hour.
Built upon a firm foundation, Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone,
still the church is called to mission that God’s love shall be made known.

(2) We would raise our alleluias for the grace of yesteryears;
for tomorrow’s unknown pathway, hear, O Lord, our humble prayers.
In the church’s pilgrim journey you have led us all the way;
still in presence move before us, fire by night and cloud by day.

(3) Come, O Spirit, dwell among us; give us words of fire and flame.
Help our feeble lips to praise you, glorify your holy name.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three in One: what mystery!
We would sing our loud hosannas now and through eternity.

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us. We rejoice in the gifts you give us. Yet, we confess that we do not always use them to glorify you. Forgive us for using the gifts of your Spirit for selfish gain instead of for the common good. Forgive us for thinking too little of ourselves, not trusting that you have given us these gifts for your service. Forgive us for believing some gifts to be better than others, ignoring how we can use them all to build up the body of Christ.

Spirit of the Living God, melt us, mold us, fill us again with your power and use us for your work so that our lives may glorify you. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us

Anthem

Every Time I Feel the Spirit
—Traditional Spiritual, arr. Steven Seigart
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir

Scripture Lesson
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Acts 2:1–21

Time with Children
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Reflection
Dr. Robert R. Laha

“A Gift for the Ages”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Adapted from A Brief Statement of Faith, 1991
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ … and calls us to all ministries of the Church. … In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Moment for Mission
Margaret Rizzi

(Gratitude Gatherings)

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Ann Herlin

    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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Hymn 288
Spirit of the Living God
LIVING GOD

SING TWO TIMES
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.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Choral Response 600

Amen
—African-American Traditional

Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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Postlude

Pièce d’Orgue, BWV 572
—J.S. Bach (1685–1750)

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