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Worship - May 31, 2020 Day of Pentecost

May 31 Sunday Service Day of Pentecost Birthday of the Church

Opening Hymn: Spirit of Gentleness

performed by TMUC's Virtual Carillon Choir

Refrain

Spirit, Spirit of gentleness,

blow through the wilderness calling and free;

Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,

stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.

1 You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,

then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;

and over the eons you called to each thing:

"Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings." Refrain

2 You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand,

and you goaded your people with a law and a land;

and when they were blinded with idols and lies,

then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes. Refrain

3 You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill,

then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still;

and down in the city you called once again,

when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind. Refrain

4 You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes.

From the bondage of sorrow all the captives dream dreams;

our women see visions, our men clear their eyes.

With bold new decisions your people arise. Refrain

Text: James K. Manley, b. 1940 Text © 1978 James K. Manley, admin. Augsburg Fortress. CCLI# 11430998

Introduction

Pentecost derives its name from the Jewish festival celebrating the harvest and the giving of the law on Mount Sinai fifty days after Passover. Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the Holy Spirit as God’s presence within and among us. In Acts the Spirit arrives in rushing wind and flame, bringing God’s presence to all people. Paul reminds us that though we each have different capacities, we are unified in the Spirit that equips us with these gifts. Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on his disciples, empowering them to forgive sin. We celebrate that we too are given the breath of the Holy Spirit and sent out to proclaim God’s redeeming love to all the world.



Prayer of the Day

O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

First Lesson: Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost was a Jewish harvest festival that marked the fiftieth day after Passover. Luke portrays the Holy Spirit being poured out upon the disciples before the gathered and astonished people assembled in Jerusalem for the festival. Filled with the Spirit, the disciples were able to witness to the power of Christ’s resurrection.

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The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Peter's Sermon at Pentecost

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Psalm 104:24-34 Send forth your Spirit

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O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.[a]

These all look to you, to give them their food in due season. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your Spirit,[b]they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke! I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 The Holy Spirit Gives Gifts!

Paul is helping the Corinthians understand the relationship between our God-given unity and Spirit-created diversity. The Spirit creates the unity of faith and gives all Christians diverse gifts for the common benefit of all. We need one another’s diverse spiritual gifts because the same Spirit has given them to each person for the common good.

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Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[a] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.


John 7:37-39 Rivers of Living Water

Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as living water, quenching the thirst of all who come to him and filling the hearts of believers until they overflow.

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On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as[a] the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.


Sermon: Are Living Waters Flowing Through You? Pastor Jill

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Indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we possess the “water of life” and can be channels of blessing to those in need. But some of us may feel like nothing is coming out of us.

That makes me think of the Dead Sea in Israel.


It is so salty that it contains no fish or plant life. What accounts for this unusual condition? There are absolutely no outlets! A great volume of water pours into this area, but nothing flows out. Many inlets plus no outlets equals a dead sea.

This law of nature may also be applied to the child of God, and it explains why many believers are lacking in spiritual vitality & seem lifeless and unproductive in their Christian lives. Such individuals are like the Dead Sea. They have several “inlets” but no “outlets.” To be vibrant and useful believers, we must not only “take in” all we can, but we must also “give out” in service to others!

Let us see what Jesus was talking about being a live Christian in our text today, & answer the questions:

· How can ‘Rivers of Living Waters’ flow out of us?

· How can we be vibrant/useful/alive Christians?

1. Realize Christ is our INLET

Here we have Jesus speaking publicly in the temple on the most crowded day of the most popular feast of Israel. Jesus has taken a very direct and public stand. He calls the people to come and follow him. There is no wishy-washiness here. Jesus uses no slick talk. Jesus is not being seeker sensitive here.

He issues the call, “Are you thirsty? Come and drink!” Do you desire satisfaction? Come and Drink! Are you burdened by the bad things you’ve done? Come and Drink! Are you weighed down by the struggles of life? Come and Drink! Jesus calls and leaves us to consider our response. Jesus calls, and something stirs within us to say, “There’s something right about that man”, and not fully understanding, we follow. Jesus calls, and we follow, knowing that understanding will come.

Now perhaps we are ready to hear the words of Jesus today: "If any one thirst, let him come." The invitation is to all present, and yet it is conditional. Yet there are 3 things implied:

• The gift of the water is free.

• The condition must meet its need: you have to be thirsty.

• The action you must take is to drink.

Therefore receive the free gift of Jesus Christ the only ONE WHO can quench that thirst and give you salvation—plus the abundant life—moving, living, laughing, loving, flowing joy filled life!.

2. You are the OUTLET

Christ flows through the believer---"the strength and power and cleansing which alone give us life." Certainly, Christ is the giver of the living water. Just as clearly, the believer receives the living water. But remember this: We are NOT the INLET –Christ is!

"If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, 'Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" The promise is not only that we will be satisfied, but that we will be satisfying. He promises not only that our cup will be full, but also that it will be overflowing for others. In drinking from Jesus we become not merely a receptacle, but a spring or a fountain. Jesus promises that if we drink him into our hearts, he will flow out from us with rivers of living water. No one can be an OUTLET without the INLET (Christ). You will just be dead like the ‘Dead Sea.’ Trying to do all the charitable and good works without Christ might bring temporary benefits but will achieve to nothing at the end.

There are three things we need to see in their proper relationships:

• Our drinking in Christ by a faith which savors his promises. ”Taste & see that the Lord is good.”

• Our ceasing to thirst as we gain full satisfaction

• Our overflowing with the rivers of blessing for others

3. The Holy Spirit is our POWERLET

What is this living water that Jesus talks about? It is important to pause and consider what this water tells us about the Holy Spirit.

· The Holy Spirit gives us understanding

· Holy Spirit gives us satisfaction,

· Holy Spirit enables us to be a blessing to others.

This is the power of the Holy Spirit in us -----not something that is our doing.

This was & is an experience of the Spirit that could not be enjoyed until Jesus had died for our sins, was raised triumphant over death, and ascended to the right of the Father in glory. This is what the Father gives to everyone who believes. The presence & power & fellowship of the Spirit of the risen and glorified Christ. Oh! It doesn’t get any better than this!

And he is indeed in everyone who believes on Jesus. Remember what Paul said in Romans 8:9? “Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” If you come to Christ to drink for your soul’s satisfaction, you get Christ. And now we see that He means: You get the Spirit—the Spirit of God and of Christ.

Christ, as the incarnate Son of God, is in heaven. We can’t see his body now. We walk by faith and not by sight. But he is in us. We have the Spirit of the risen and glorified Christ living in us. Which means Christ is in us.

In our former home we had a pump in the pump house nearby that worked well as long as we were using it. One time we were gone for several months, and when we returned home—no water! So, we had to PRIME THE PUMP with a gallon of water dropped into it, to get it to start pumping again. So, we learned a valuable lesson: This pump would not freely give water unless it was used regularly. This is kind of like the Holy Spirit in our lives—unless we draw from the well of living water within us—regularly—it may just stop pumping. There has to be an outlet—or it shuts down.

We have the same choice to make, do we hold on to what we have because we don’t believe there are better things in store for us, and settle for immediate satisfaction? Or do we trust God and give out what is available within us to experience what God has promised us—out of your belly (some versions say heart)—shall flow rivers of living water!

I think the choice is obvious. We need to let Holy Spirit pour in all the water, trust God with everything. Then once we have experienced what God has to offer, the living water, we need to tell other people, “Go ahead prime the pump, believe me it works”!

May the Lord make us refreshing fountains where thirsty souls may drink. Indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we possess the “water of life” and can be channels of blessing to those in need. From hearts of love, let us pour out to others what we have first received from God. If we do, we will never become Dead-Sea Christians.

So, this Pentecost Sunday we thank you Heavenly Father, our Precious Lord Jesus & Holy Spirit come fill us to overflowing we ask! And we know if we ask for something you have freely offered us—we can receive! Prime our pumps if you need to---& Fill us up!

Hymn of the Day Living Waters by Shane & Shane

Verse 1

Are you thirsty, Are you empty

Come and drink these living waters

Tired and broken, Peace unspoken

Rest beside these living waters

Verse 2

Christ is calling, Find refreshing

At the cross of living waters

Lay your life down, All the old gone

Rise up in these living waters

Chorus

There's a river that flows, With mercy and love

Bringing joy to the city of our God

There our hope is secure, Do not fear anymore

Praise the Lord of living waters

Verse 3

Spirit moving, Mercy washing

Healing in these living waters

Lead your children, To the shoreline

Life is in these living waters

Verse 4

Are you thirsty, Are you empty

Come and drink these living waters

Love forgiveness, Vast and boundless

Christ He is our living waters

Ending

There our hope is secure, Do not fear anymore

Praise the Lord of living waters

CCLI Song # 7063743 Ed Cash | Kristyn Getty © 2016 Alletrop Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Getty Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 11430998

Prayers

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

We call on your spirit of unity, giving thanks for our different vocations. Activate and utilize the diverse gifts present in your church, that they reveal your love for all. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We call on your spirit of life, present in air, wind, humidity, storms, and oxygen in our atmosphere, breathing energy into all things. Heal with your breath the whole creation, especially those who struggle to breathe due to air pollution. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We call on your spirit of righteousness. Wherever we as a people are divided, unite us. Wherever we are prideful, humble us. Give each one of us a heart for justice and empathy. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We call on your spirit of healing. Bless nurses, doctors, midwives, chaplains, counselors, and hospice workers as they care for those in need. We pray for all who long for comfort (especially those we name in our hearts today). Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We call on your spirit of friendship. As Elizabeth welcomed Mary to her home, give us a spirit of welcome to those whom we meet in this congregation and outside these doors. Surprise us daily with unexpected grace, that we rejoice in every blessing you send. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We call on your spirit of hope. As you have led your saints in all times and places, stir in us the desire to follow their example, leading us from death to new life in you. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil,

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and glory,

Forever and ever.

Amen.

Offering

Offering Prayer

Merciful God,

our ordinary gifts seem small for such a celebration,

but you make of them an abundance,

just as you do with our lives.

Feed us again at this table

for service in your name,

in the strength of the risen Christ.

Amen.

Blessing

May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead

raise you to new life, fill you with hope,

and turn your mourning into dancing.

Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you now and forever.

Amen.

Sending Song Breathe on Me by Michael Van Patter

Words: Edwin Hatch, 1878 Music: Michael Van Patter, 2011

1 Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do. 2 Breathe on me, Breath of God, until my heart is pure, until my will is one with thine, to do and to endure. 3 Breathe on me, Breath of God, till I am wholly thine, until this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine. 4 Breathe on me, Breath of God, so shall I never die, but live with thee the perfect life of thine eternity.


credits: from Pentecost Songs, released June 7, 2011 (c) 2011 Michael Van Patter hymnsoftheweak.wordpress.com Michael Van Patter, guitars, vocals Janet Kreager, violin Patrick Collins, drums Jason Windser, mixing CCL#11430998

Dismissal


Christ is risen, just as he said.

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!


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