Liturgical Resources For Sunday June 8, 2014
Year A, Pentecost Sunday
NOTE: In year A there are a variety of texts offered in the Lectionary Readings. Choices have been made based on the above, but there are other significant options, including I Corinthians 12:3b-13 and John 20: 19-23. Please check the whole variety of options at the following site:
Call to Worship (Responsive)
Adapted from Psalm 104
L: O LORD, how manifold are your works!
P: The earth is full of your creatures.
L: May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
P: May the LORD rejoice in these great works.
L: Let us sing to the LORD as long as we live;
P: We will sing praises to God while we have being.
L: Bless the LORD, O my soul.
P: Let all that is within me praise the LORD!
Gracious and Giving God, we come together on this day to celebrate the amazing gift of your Spirit. We come to remember, to renew, to refresh the presence of the Spirit in each of our lives. We come as the seventy elders of Moses, gathered in the tent of meeting. We come hoping for spirit to come upon us, and make us prophets for your name. Accept our worship and praise, O God, hear our petitions, and renew our spirits. For we come for the sake of your Son, Jesus the Christ.
On the day of Pentecost the Spirit of the Lord came down and rested upon the Disciples like tongues of fire, and the Spirit gave them the ability to speak to all that were gathered. Here, at this church, we pretty much worship in one language only. We are pretty good at communicating with those who speak our language. But what of the people for whom our language is not the language of their hearts? Thanks to the New Church Movement, we are reaching many with whom we could not communicate before. Now days, in over 20 languages, Disciples are gathering around the Lord’s Table. The Pentecost Special Offering for New Church Ministries helps to support that blossoming of faith in the language of each one’s heart.
We will now receive the tithes and offerings which make all of our ministries possible.
Bless these gifts O God, and use them in your service. Help them to change lives, and grow the numbers of believers from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.
In the Seventh Chapter of John, Jesus cried out “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink.” While Jesus was not specifically speaking of Communion, the words translate nicely. If you are here and thirsting for life in the Spirit, come. And as a believer in Jesus Christ, drink.
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