Sunday, May 31, 2020, Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Audio: Welcome and Announcements

Introit: “Pentecost Sequence,” Bob Hurd

Come holy spirit come! And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, father of the poor! Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine. Alleluia

You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet; Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe. Alleluia

O most blessed Light divine, Shine within these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught, Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill. Alleluia

Heal our wounds, our strength renew; On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will; melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray. Alleluia

On the faithful, who adore And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend:
Give them virtue’s sure reward; give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Alleluia

Poetic Sequence for Pentecost from the Roman Missal

Call to Worship: John 7:37-38, Psalm 104:30

Audio: Call to Worship

Come to Jesus, you who are thirsty.
Drink deeply of the Holy Spirit.
Let your heart overflow with the living water that renews the face of the earth.
Alleluia! Thanks be to God. LET US WORSHIP GOD.

Hymn: “Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us,” 280

Prayer of the Day

Audio: Prayer of the Day and Prayer of Confession

Prayer of Confession

God of new creation, we confess that we have failed to trust Your bountiful goodness. By the power of the Holy Spirit You brought forth the earth and its creatures in abundance. Yet, we hoard earth’s resources and refuse to share Your gifts. We dishonor Your generosity by withholding our charity to those in need. We betray Your kindness by dealing harshly with our enemies. We disregard Your compassion by severely judging the sins of others. Forgive us. By the power of Your Spirit renew our hearts and free us from sins that we may enjoy the fullness of Your blessings upon all creation. AMEN.

Assurance of Pardon and Commitment to Pass the Peace

Moment for Lazarus Fund, Judy Schryer

Audio: Moment for Lazarus Fund and Prayer for Illumination

Prayer for Illumination

Almighty God, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, speak to us in the language of our hearts, that we may hear Your Word with understanding and answer Your call with confidence. AMEN.

Time for Children, Jenny Newman

New Testament Reading: Acts 2:1-13

Audio: Scripture Reading and Sermon

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, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Sermon: “Who Belongs?” Rev. Vincent Kolb

Anthem: “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” arr. William Dawson

Refrain: Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I will pray.

Upon the mountain, when my Lord spoke, out of God’s mouth came fire and smoke.
Looked all around me, it looked fine, till I asked my Lord if all was mine. Refrain

Jordan River, chilly and cold, it chills the body but not the soul.
There is but one train upon the track. It runs to heaven and then right back. Refrain

Affirmation of Faith: Confession of 1967, 9.20

Audio: Affirmation of Faith

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.

The Lord’s Supper

Pastoral Prayer, Rev. Myra Kazanjian

Audio: Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer, 2019 Vatican Update

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;
do not let us fall into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.

Hymn: “Come Down, O Love Divine,” 282

Anthem: “I Will Not Leave You Comfortless,” William Byrd

I will not leave you comfortless I will come to you yet again: Alleluia.
And your heart shall be joyful. Alleluia

John 14:18



We are an open and affirming community of faith in Jesus Christ. At home in an urban neighborhood of many faiths, we acknowledge that we are not alone on the path to understanding God. In worship, study, and fellowship, we celebrate our Presbyterian roots and find joy in our diversity. We strive for the grace to love one another as we seek deeper understanding of life in the Spirit, working for justice and serving as stewards of God’s wondrous creation.

We are a More Light congregation: “Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is the full participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry, and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).”

Inclusive Language: Words matter. Jesus Christ, the living Word, reached out to all people to bring all people into God’s fold. The kingdom of God includes all types of people; therefore our language should reflect the inclusivity and equality among the people of God. To the end, when possible, we seek to eliminate the inherent bias of the English language towards the masculine gender without altering passages that reflect the historical situation of ancient patriarchal culture, out of which the Bible originated.

* The Session has closed the building until further notice to observe the governmental restrictions of social distancing.

* Many thanks to Verna Robinson, Judy Schryer, and Rev. Myra Kazanjian for being part of the service this week!

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