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Sun, May 31, 2020

Receive the Holy Spirit

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Order of Worship
May 31, 2020

Pentecost

At 10:30 AM, we will worship together live

via Facebook Video Premiere and the RPMC YouTube page

PRELUDE

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

SCRIPTURE READING - Acts 2:1-4
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

LITANY FOR PENTECOST
Holy Spirit, Creator, in the beginning you moved over the waters. From your breath all creation drew life. Without you, life turns to dust.

Ven, espíritu santo! (Spanish)
Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Counselor, by your inspiration, the prophets spoke and acted in faith. You clothed them in power to be bearers of your Word.

Eρχου, πνεῦμα ἅγιον! (Greek)
Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Power, you came as fire to Jesus’ disciples; you gave them voice before the rulers of this world.

Venez, Saint-Esprit! (French)
Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Sanctifier, you created us children of God; you make us the living temple of your presence; you intercede with sighs too deep for words.

 (Arabic) تعالي ايتها الروح المقدسة!

Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Giver of Life, you guide and make holy the church you create; you give gifts - the spirit of wisdom and understanding; the spirit of counsel and fortitude; the spirit of knowledge and piety; the spirit of the fear of the Lord, that the whole creation may be transformed.

Приходь, Святий Духу! (Ukranian)
Come, Holy Spirit!

Come Holy Spirit! Rain upon our dry and dusty lives. Wash away our sin and heal our wounded spirits. Kindle within us the fire of your love to burn away apathy. Loosen our tongues to show your praise, for only in your Spirit can we voice your words of peace and proclaim Jesus as Lord.

Amén.
Αμήν
Amen
 آمين
Амінь
Amen. 

HYMN - Spirit of the Living God

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
As your Spirit falls afresh on us, O God, we rejoice in the gifts you have given us. Yet, we confess, we do not always use them to glorify you. For using the gifts of your Spirit for selfish gain instead of the common good, forgive us, O God. For thinking too little of ourselves and not trusting that you have given us gifts for your service, forgive us, O God. For believing some gifts to be better than others, ignoring how we each build up the body of Christ, forgive us, O God. Spirit of the living God, melt us, mold us, fill us, and use us so that our lives may glorify you.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

SPECIAL MUSIC             Come Down, O Love Divine         Ralph Vaughan Williams
Come down, O Love divine, Seek thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near, Within my heart appear,
And kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn, Till earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let thy glorious light Shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

And so the yearning strong, With which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, Till Love create a place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
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. 

TIME WITH CHILDREN

PASSING OF THE PEACE

SPECIAL MUSIC - Go Now in Peace

SCRIPTURE READING - John 20:19-23
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

SERMON - Receive the Holy Spirit

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH - adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.20
God the Holy Spirit fulfills the work of reconciliation in human life. The Holy Spirit creates and renews the church as the community in which people are reconciled to God and to one another. The Spirit enables people to receive forgiveness as they forgive one another and to enjoy the peace of God as they make peace among themselves. In spite of their sin, the Spirit gives people power to become representatives of Jesus Christ and his gospel of reconciliation to all.

HYMN - We Are One in the Spirit

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

 
Sunday School - May 31, 2020 with Reverend Nadine Ellsworth-Moran
Midweek Worship - May 27, 2020
Video Introduction to Phase 1: Reopening the Church Campus
Phase 1 Guidelines: Reopening the Church Campus - June 1, 2020

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