6/9/19 Celebration of Pentecost + Morning Prayer, “Agape”

The congregation is invited to stand, as able, at those times marked with an *

Bold print, the community speaks as one. +, people may make the sign of the cross

 

Morning Prayer + PENTECOST

“Love Feast”

 

INTRODUCTION

In today’s gospel the risen Christ ascends into heaven and his followers are assured that the Spirit will empower them to be witnesses throughout the earth. The disciples were told to not gaze up into heaven to look for Jesus; we find his presence among us as we proclaim the word and share the Easter feast. We too long for the Spirit to enliven our faith and invigorate our mission.

 

NOTES ABOUT WORSHIP TODAY

Today’s ordering is a version of Morning Song where the hymns move us into the presence of God in praise and worship and open us up to hear the Word and then be sent. The service today also includes The Agape, or “Love Feast” based on the order in the 1972 Presbyterian Worshipbook. The Love Feast recalls the meals Jesus had with his disciples during his ministry and is an expression of the sacred fellowship Christians enjoy when they meet as the household of God.

 

Ordinarily, an offering is not received during Daily Prayer. Hence, the ushers will be in the Narthex (great entrance hall) to collect any tithes or offerings.

 

PRELUDE: Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart- hymntune MORECAMBE by Frederick Cook Atkinson (1870), setting by Lorie Line

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

As a matter of hospitality, we invite everyone to fill out information in the red fellowship pad found on each pew at the center aisle and pass it down so everyone may be greeted by name during the passing of the peace. Written announcements can be found at the back of the bulletin.

* 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.

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.

Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Power,

you came as fire to Jesus’ disciples;

you gave them voice before the rulers of this world.

Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Sanctifier,

you created us children of God;

you make us the living temple of your presence;

you intercede within us with sighs too deep for words.

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.

Come, Holy Spirit!

True and only Light,

from whom comes every good gift:

Send your Spirit into our lives

with the power of a mighty wind.

Open the horizons of our minds

by the flame of your wisdom.

Loosen our tongues to show your praise,

for only in your Spirit can we voice your words of peace

and acclaim Jesus as Lord. Amen.

 

*GATHERING HYMNS                 #290 O Day of Joy and Wonder!

#289 On Pentecost They Gathered

 

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Holy God, we give you thanks and praise

that you have poured out your Spirit upon us

through the gift of our baptism,

so that we might proclaim your mighty acts

in every language of the earth.

We give you thanks and praise for Jesus Christ,

who, through the baptism of his suffering and death,

poured out his life in love for the world,

so that we might be delivered from sin and death

and receive the gift of life everlasting.

Pour out your Spirit upon us this day

so that we may use the gifts you have given us

for the good of all your people

and proclaim the good news of your saving love

to all the nations of the world.

This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

THE PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

 

The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace

and reconciliation.

 

OFFERING OF MUSIC: Holy Spirit, Gift of God- text: Jaroslav J. Vajda (1990); music: Ralph Vaughan Williams, setting by John Eggert

 

Holy Spirit, Gift of God, spread your grace and peace abroad; plant the seed of life in all doomed to death in Adam’s fall.

One is nevermore alone who is kin to God’s dear son; all are joined in unity in God’s timeless family.

New in outlook, new in hope, heightened vision, broadened scope; in them glows a love divine, through them Jesus’ virtues shine.

 

CHILDREN’S TIME

ALL SING # 853   We Are Marching in the Light of God

THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION

 

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

God of all might and power,
we praise you that

you forged your church in the fire of the Spirit,
and breathed life into your people

that we might be the body of Christ.

We rejoice that our Lord came to rescue us from sin
and to deliver us beyond the grave

to a rebirth and newness of life.
By your Spirit,

refine our hearts with your flame of faith,
fill us with the breath of zeal,

inspire us with the witness of martyrs and saints,
and send us forth into your world

to live Christ’s life in power and compassion.
Take us, O God,

and shape us according to your will,
in the service of Jesus Christ,

our Lord and Savior,
now and forever.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Trusting God’s promise of new life, we pray for the renewal of the church, the world, and all of creation.

 

A brief silence.

 

Come, Holy Spirit. Enliven the church to speak your words of forgiveness and salvation in every language and tongue. Pour out your Spirit on witnesses of every age, gender, and nationality. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Come, Holy Spirit. Send cooling breezes where people and creatures are suffering oppressive heat. Save the land from drought and wildfires. Bless the work of those who make it possible to harness the power of the sun and the wind. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Come, Holy Spirit. Dispel human arrogance and establish leaders who are humble of heart. Speak peace into all the world (especially). Overcome prejudice and fear. Move us to support international aid organizations and those who provide aid to immigrants and refugees. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Come, Holy Spirit. You hear us when we cry to you. Bring clarity and hope to those living with dementia, anxiety, depression, or addiction. Accompany those who feel weak and worn (especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Come, Holy Spirit. Reveal your love through families of all shapes and sizes. Bring joy to coparents, single parents, and those without children. Bless extended families, foster families, adoptive families, and families of friends. Bring closure and healing to broken relationships. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Here other intercessions may be offered.

 

Come, Holy Spirit. You make us children of God and joint heirs with Christ. We praise you for all the saints who called on your name and who now know the fullness of your salvation as we commemorate this week: Columba of Scotland; William Carey; John Dominic; Barnabas; Aquilina of Phoenicia; Antony of Padua; The Prophet Elisha; Basil the Great; Gilbert Keith Chesterton; and Evelyn Underhill. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

We commend these and all our prayers to you, O God. Come near to us with your saving help, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord, who taught us to pray:

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.

 

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION # 458 Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet

 

GOSPEL: John 14:8-17; 25-27

Though the disciples struggle with Jesus’ nature and identity, they receive the promise that they too will be identified with God and God’s mission. Though he must leave them now, Jesus promises the coming of the Advocate whom God will send to comfort and enlighten them.

 

8Philip said to [Jesus,] “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

15If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

25I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

HYMN # 515        I Come with Joy

 

THE AGAPE

Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, gives everyone a place at the welcome table.

Alleluia! Let us feast on Christ’s Love.

Risen One, as you broke bread with the disciples on the shore, we give thanks to you for the food you give us and, by the Holy Spirit, for meeting with us now in this simple meal. Nourish us to follow you, using our gifts to feed the hungry and tend the weary, and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

 

A loaf of bread is broken and shared among the tables as people also share in the food and drink offered at their tables.         Once everyone is served, the following scripture is read.       

 

READING: Acts 2:1-21

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples they would be filled with the Holy Spirit. Now, surrounded by signs of fire, wind, and a variety of languages in their midst, the people were amazed and astonished at Jesus’ promise coming true.

 

1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

14But 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. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17‘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.

                18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,

in those days I will pour out my Spirit;

and they shall prophesy.

                19And I will show portents in the heaven above

and signs on the earth below,

blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

                20The sun shall be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood,

before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.

                21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

AGAPE PRAYER

We praise you, God our creator, for your good gifts to us and all humanity. We thank you for the friendship we have in Christ; and for the promise of your coming kingdom, where there will be no more hunger and thirst, and where all people will be satisfied by your love. As this bread was once seed scatted on earth to be gathered into one loaf, so may your Church be joined together into one holy people, who praise you for your love made known in Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

THE CALL TO LOVE (John 13:34–35; Col. 3:12–14)

Dear friends, we are children of God through our baptism. Remember and feast on the Word of Life given to us by Jesus: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Also remember the words of our brother in Christ, the Apostle Paul, “As God’s own people, be merciful in action, kindly in heart, humble in mind. Be always ready to forgive as freely as God has forgiven you. And, above everything else, be loving, and never forget to be thankful for what Christ has done for you.”

 

*DOXOLOGY Hymn # 606     Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below;
praise God above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

*HYMN      #317 In Christ There Is No East or West

*SENDING HYMN #300 We Are One in the Spirit

 

*BLESSING & DISMISSAL

 

POSTLUDE: Spirit of the Living God- Daniel Iverson

 

MUSIC CONTRIBUTORS: The Chancel Choir

 

NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year C), the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018), and the Agape from The Worshipbook (1972). Commemoration of Saints is from the 2018 Book of Common Worship, starting on pg 1145.

 

Calendar of Commemorations:

JUNE

9        Columba of Scotland (c. 521– 597) – Irish abbot and missionary, credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland.

William Carey (1761– 1834) – British missionary, Baptist minister, translator, social reformer, and cultural anthropologist; founder of Serampore College and Serampore University, the first degree-awarding university in India; also founder of many primary schools which opened education to boys and girls of all castes, an innovation in India at that time. Carey is known as the “father of modern missions”. He translated the Hindu scripture, the Ramayana, into English, and the Bible into Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit.

10      John Dominic (1356– 1418) – (no info found)

11      Barnabas (Acts 4: 36, etc.) – According to Acts 4:36, a Cypriot Jew. Named an apostle in Acts 14:14, he and Paul the Apostle undertook several missionary journeys together.

12      Aquilina of Phoenicia (d. 293) – Native of Byblos, Phoenicia, under the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, Aquilina was executed by the Roman government at age 12, after converting a friend to Christianity.

13      Anthony of Padua (1195– 1231) – Portuguese Catholic priest and Franciscan friar, noted for his powerful preaching, expert knowledge of scripture, and undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick. Anthony is also the patron saint of lost things.

14      The Prophet Elisha (9th century BCE) – venerated as a prophet in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Bahá’í. He was disciple and protégé of Elijah, and after Elijah was taken up in a chariot of fire, he gave Elisha a double portion of his power and he was accepted as the leader of the sons of the prophets. Elisha then went on to perform twice as many miracles as Elijah.

Basil the Great (329– 379) – bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). He was an influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed the heresies of the early Christian church. In addition to his work as a theologian, Basil was known for his care of the poor and underprivileged. Basil established guidelines for monastic life which focus on community life, liturgical prayer, and manual labor, and is remembered as a father of communal monasticism in Eastern Christianity. He is venerated as a saint in Eastern and Western Christianity.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874– 1936) – English novelist, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. In addition to his extensive writing in Christian apologetics (systematic defense of Christianity using reason and logic), Chesterton is also known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown, who appears in 53 short stories.

15      Evelyn Underhill (1875– 1941) – English Anglo-Catholic writer and pacifist known for her numerous works on religion, liturgy, and spiritual practice, in particular Christian mysticism.

 

Presbyterian Church. Book of Common Worship. Presbyterian Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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