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May 31, 2020 Worship ~ Pentecost Sunday
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
The Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, May 31, 2020
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May 31, 2020 ~ 10:30 am ~ Pentecost Sunday

Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader: Phyllis Fleming
Scripture Reader: Debby Weale
S&F Spokesperson: Orleen Anderson    

~ Leader reads regular font
~ All are invited to read bold font
~ Bold italics are sung   

PRELUDE Piano solo on “All Poor Ones and Humble”  

GREETING  2 Cor 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.  

WELCOME      

CALL TO WORSHIP
(During the call to worship, the worship leader will pour water from three different containers into a common one, representing the would-be and future gathering of the three regions.) 

Through the prophet Joel, God declares, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.  
(Water is poured.)   
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.  
(Water is poured.)   
Your young people will see visions, your elders dream dreams.”  
(Water is poured.)   
Come, Holy Spirit, come! Let us worship God.

OPENING HYMN VU #375  Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
Refrain:
Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, 
blow thro’ 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: 
wake from your slumbers and rise on your wings. 

Refrain:
Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, 
blow thro’ the wilderness calling and free, 
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,  Wind, Wind on the sea.  

2.
You swept thro’ the desert, you stung with the sand, 
and you goaded your people with a law and a land; 
and when they were blinded with their idols and lies, 
then you spoke thro’ your prophets to open their eyes. 

Refrain:
Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, 
blow thro’ the wilderness calling and free, 
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, 
Wind, Wind on the sea.  

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: 
Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, 
blow thro’ the wilderness calling and free, 
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,  Wind, Wind on the sea.

4.
You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes,
from the bondage of sorrow the captives dream dreams,
our women see visions, our men clear their eyes,
with bold new decisions your people arise.

Refrain:
Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, 
blow thro’ the wilderness calling and free, 
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,  Wind, Wind on the sea.  

OPENING PRAYER
Gracious God, we acknowledge the power of your spirit –
like tongues of fire, like rushing wind, like flowing water.
Acknowledging what can’t be,
but in hope for what will be,
we beckon your Spirit among us today.
Like a wildfire, may the Holy Spirit grow through us
and give us voice that we might speak
in tongues of justice, peace and love.
Like a rushing wind, may the Holy Spirit blow through us
and give us humility to walk through our days
in right relationship.

Like a river, may the Holy Spirit flow through us
and give us courage that our hearts
might be like living water.
May your Spirit ignite our spirits this day. Amen.  

SCRIPTURE John 7:37-39 (NRSV)
37   On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38   and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, 'Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" 39   Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.    

HYMN   MV #163, “River Running in You and Me”
1.
River running in you and me,  Spirit of life, deep mystery dancing down to the holy sea, River run deep, River run free.  

2.
River laughed on my birthing day,  Wind and water joined in play soaked my soul in a shining spray, River run deep, River run free.  

3.
River, cry my name to me, lend me hope and memory, sing me the story of the holy sea, River run deep, River run free.  

4.
I stand on the edge, look-in down, too scared to swim, a-fraid I’ll drown – give me the cour-age to jour-ney on, Riv-er run deep, Riv-er run free.  

5.
Jour-ney on far from my home, Riv-er – break this heart of stone; teach me to love, make me your own, Riv-er run deep, Riv-er run free.  

6.
Hold me close on the day I die, bear me up when my soul is tired, car-ry me home on the ris-ing tide, Riv-er run deep, Riv-er run free.  

7.
Riv-er sing-in’ in you and me, Spir-it of life—deep mys-ter-y – catch us up in your mel-o-dy Riv-er run deep, Riv-er run free.

SCRIPTURE Psalm 104 (VU 827, Part Two, Refrain 1)
Refrain:
Bless, O my soul, the Almighty, who rules all creation.  

O God, how manifold are your works!      
With Wisdom at your side you made them all;
     the earth is full of your creatures. 

Refrain: 
Bless, O my soul, the Almighty, who rules all creation.

There lies the great and mighty Sea, teeming with living things both great and small.      
Upon it sail the ships, and there is Leviathan,
     
the monster you made to play in it.

All these look to you, to give them their food in due season.      What you give them they gather up.      
When you open your hand,
     
you fill them with good things.

But when you hide your face they despair. When you take away their breath, they die, and return to dust.      
But when you send out your spirit, they live again,
     
and you renew the face of the earth.

Refrain:
Bless, O my soul, the Almighty, who rules all creation.  

May your glory, O God, endure forever.      
May you rejoice, O God, in your works.

When you look at the earth it trembles,      
when you touch the mountains they smoke.

I will sing to God as long as I live.      
I will praise my God while I have being.

Refrain:
Bless, O my soul, the Almighty, who rules all creation.  

SCRIPTURE Acts 2:1-21  

RESPONSE:
The word of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.  

PRAYER OF PREPARATION We prepare to reflect on God’s word. 

SERMON “All Gathered Together Not in One Place”

HYMN   MV 23 Come O Holy Spirit (Wind of Change)

PROFESSION OF FAITH A New Creed                                 
We are not alone, we live in God’s world.  
We believe in God: who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,

who works in us and others by the Spirit.  

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus,  crucified and risen,   
our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.

We are not alone.

Thanks be to God.  

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE    

THE LORD’S PRAYER (Ecumenical version, Sung VU 959)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.   Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.   

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
The Peace of Christ be with you.         
And also with you.

Think of one person with whom you would like to share the peace of Christ.

OFFERING
We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering. MESSAGE FROM STEWARDSHIP AND FINANCE
OFFERTORY   Little Preludes #2, #7 J.S. Bach
A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS  

SENDING HYMN   VU 163 Hail, Glad Festival Day 
Refrain:
Hail, glad festival day! Blest day to be hallowed for ever, day wherein Christ arose,  breaking the kingdom of death.  

1. Lo, in the likeness of fire,  on them who await his appearing he whom the Lord foretold suddenly, swiftly descends.
Refrain:
Hail, glad festival day! Blest day to be hallowed for ever, day wherein Christ arose, breaking the kingdom of death.  

2. Forth to the faithful he comes with sevenfold mystical offering, pouring on all human souls infinite riches of God.
Refrain:
Hail, glad festival day! Blest day to be hallowed for ever, day wherein Christ arose, breaking the kingdom of death.

3. Hark! for in myriad tongues Christ’s own, his chosen apostles, preach to the ends of the earth Christ and his wonderful works.
Refrain:
Hail, glad festival day! Blest day to be hallowed for ever, day wherein Christ arose, breaking the kingdom of death.  

4.
Praise to the Spirit of life, all praise to the fount of our being, light that now lightens all, life that in all now abides.
Refrain
Hail, glad festival day! Blest day to be hallowed for ever, day wherein Christ arose, breaking the kingdom of death.

SENDING AND BLESSING                                                       With rushing wind and holy fire, go forth in the power of the living God. We go forth as God’s children. With tongues of flame and hope rekindled, go forth in the power of the eternal Christ. We go forth as heirs with Christ. With visions birthed and dreams restored, go forth in the power of the Holy Spirit. We go forth as new creations in God’s Spirit. With spacious grace and depth untold, go forth in the mystery of the Holy One.  

CHORAL AMEN (VU 967) Amen, amen, amen.    

POSTLUDE 1st Arabesque C. Debussy      

* * * * * SOURCES: The following are used with permission: - Affirmation of Faith: “A New Creed,” The United Church of Canada, General Council 1968, alt. 1998 - Sermon, written by Thérèse Samuel, 2020   - Welcome, Call to Worship, Opening Prayer and some prayer intentions for the Prayers of the People were written by the Worship Planning Team for the Regional Gathering of Regions 7 (Antler River Watershed), 8 (Western Ontario Waterways) and 9 (Horseshoe Falls) which was to be held today at Port Elgin, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. - Sending and Blessing By B.J. Beu, from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © B.J. Beu.   HYMNS and SUNG LITURGY - “The Lord’s Prayer.” Music by David Haas; © 1986 GIA Publications. - Psalm response “Bless, O My Soul.” Straslund Gesangbuch 1665. - “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness.” Words and Music: James K. Manley 1975; © 1978 James K. Manley - “River Running in You and Me.” Words and music: Ian Macdonald and Gordon Light, 2003; arr. Andrew Donaldson. Words and music © 2003 Common Cup Company. Arrangement © Andrew Donaldson, Used by permission, One License #608577. - “Come, O Holy Spirit.” Words: Fred Karan, 1972. rev. 1998. Music: Ron Klusmeier, 2000 Words copyright 1972, 1998 Hope Publishing Company, Carol,Stream IL 60188. All rights reserved. Music copyright 2000 by Ron Klusmeier. Used by permission, One License #608577.   - “Hail, Glad Festival Day.” Words: Venantius Fortunatus ca. 582; trans. Maurice Frederick Bell ca. 1906, et al. Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams 1906. Music and translation by permission of Oxford University Press. Pentecost verses, trans. George Gabriel Scott Gillette, alt. Words by permission of Oxford University Press. Used by permission, One License #608577.     NRSV: Scripture Passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.