Sacred Worship for the UPC Community

May 31, 2020

Pentecost

 Welcome to Virtual Worship for the community of United Presbyterian Church.
From our various spaces, on our various devices, we enter sacred time.
God meets us here—in our living rooms and at our tables, in our beds with coffee,
on our porches and in our yards, in our fear, anxiety, and loneliness.
Be here in this sacred moment. God is with you. God is with us.

May this homebound worship of saints be blessed, be nourishing, be comforting, be church.

“Bethlehem was God with us, Calvary was God for us, and Pentecost is God in us.” –Robert Baer

 

Prelude | Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit | Traditional Spiritual, arr. Mark Hayes \ Nancy Kirkelie, piano and Kevin DeCoster, drums

Allow the prelude to help you pause and be still; to breathe slowly and re-center your scattered senses upon the presence of God. Light a candle to remind you of Christ’s resurrection light.

Invitation to Worship          

To know the warmth of love,
To have the assurance that someone cares,
To be confident of our worth,
To be bold to love in return,
To be washed over with grace,
To be accepted as we are:
This is to know a bit of God.
Let us worship our God.
 
Hymn 300 | We Are One in the Spirit 
 
1 We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord;
we are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord,
and we pray that all unity may one day be restored:

Refrain:
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love,
by our love;
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

2 We will walk with each other; we will walk hand in hand;
we will walk with each other; we will walk hand in hand,
and together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land: (Refrain)

3 We will work with each other; we will work side by side;
we will work with each other; we will work side by side,
and we’ll guard human dignity and save human pride: (Refrain)

4 All praise to the Father, from whom all things come,
and all praise to Christ Jesus, God’s only Son,
and all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one: (Refrain)

Scripture Reading | Acts 2:1-21 | Mike Rogers

Unison Prayer
 

O God,
You are Spirit;
You are wind;
You are breath.
Come, as you did with those so long ago, and breathe on us now.
Breathe on us, blowing away our fears and our hesitations.
Breathe on us, transforming our hard-heartedness into openhearted lives.
Breathe on us, for we need peace that only you can give.
Amen.

 
Children’s Message | Sara Staton

Special Music | The Mystery of God | UPC Choir

Sermon | Holy Spirit Holes | Brandon Lewis

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

For the gift of your Spirit in our lives and in our church,
for the gifts you give to each of us to create your beloved community here on earth,
for all of creation, that it may be honored and preserved and protected . . .
we give you thanks.

For the leaders of our nation and all nations of the world,
that they might be guided with wisdom and understanding and committed to act in ways that bring your presence and peace . . .
come, Holy Spirit; come.

For all places where there are wars and rumors of wars,
for those places where hunger gnaws,
for those places ruled by oppression and injustice,
for those places where hatred overcomes love . . .
come, Holy Spirit; come.

For all who are ill, whether in body, mind, or spirit;
for all who mourn, whether for the loss of loved ones,
the loss of a job, or even the loss of faith,
fill them with your Spirit of compassion and strength and healing,
that they might know they are never alone.
Spirit, make us Pentecost people who reach out in love and caring.

Come, Holy Spirit, move among us.       
Awaken our dreams,
expand our visions,
heal us for hope,
stir us to walk humbly, embrace love, and do justice in our unjust and fragmented world. 

 

We live and love and pray in the Spirit of Christ, saying...

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.

 

Hymn 192 | Shine, Jesus, Shine | Amy Isted, piano, Misha Mayers, soloist and John Goergen, saxophone

1 Lord, the light of your love is shining,
in the midst of the darkness, shining;
Jesus, Light of the World, shine upon us;
set us free by the truth you now bring us.
Shine on me; shine on me.

Refrain
Shine, Jesus, shine;
fill this land with the Father’s glory.
Blaze, Spirit, blaze;
set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow;
flood the nations with grace and mercy.
Send forth your word, Lord,
and let there be light.

2 Lord, I come to your awesome presence,
from the shadows into your radiance;
by the blood I may enter your brightness.
Search me; try me; consume all my darkness.
Shine on me; shine on me. (Refrain)

3 As we gaze on your kingly brightness,
so our faces display your likeness;
ever changing from glory to glory,
mirrored here may our lives tell your story.
Shine on me; shine on me. (Refrain)

Passing of the Peace

We cannot be physically close to one another in this time, but we can be relationally close. You are invited to offer the peace to those you are with or receive it on your own, and take a moment to text or call people and let them know you are thinking abou
The peace of Christ be with you…
 

 Blessing

May the grace of God bless you with peace,
may the love of Christ sustain you in joy,
and may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with courage,
this day and forevermore.
Amen.

Postlude | Every Time I Feel the Spirit | arr. Amy Isted | For organ and baritone horn with Amy and Rich Isted

Change the Light

As a reminder that the light of Christ goes with us wherever we go, we extinguish the candle and allow the smoke to billow as a reminder of Christ’s abiding presence.
 
 Pentecost Party for Children | Sara Staton
Children and their families have been invited to attend a party over zoom as we celebrate the story of the church’s birthday.  Sara mailed out a craft pack earlier with all the materials needed to participate, along with the zoom link.  A video may be available at a later date if it was successful!  For more information about our ministry to families and children, contact Sara Staton at revsarastaton@gmail.com or the church office at church.unitedpres@gmail.com.
 
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Offering Our Gifts to God

Even though we are not able to pass the offering plate on Sunday mornings, your generosity will continue to be important to United Presbyterian Church. We will continue to pay staff, keep our facilities running, and try our best to creatively live out our ministry and mission. It is important to note that we have halted any spending that isn’t critical to the next month of operation, and we are continuing to be good stewards of our money as we expect an interruption to normal weekly giving. Please, as you are able, continue to give—either online or you may mail a check to the church (330 5th Ave SW, Albany OR 97321).
 
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