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This is the recording for the May 31, 2020 service.
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Hymn: Your love is amazing
Your love is amazing, steady and unchanging,
your love is a mountain, firm beneath my feet.
Your love is a myst’ry, how you gently lift me.
When I am surrounded your love carries me.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Your love makes me sing.
Your love is surprising, I can feel it rising,
all the joy that’s growing deep inside of me.
Ev’ry time I see you all your goodness shines through.
I can feel this God song rising up in me.
Repeat verse 1.
Last line of refrain: Your love makes me sing. Hallelujah.
Welcome and Call to worship for Pentecost Sunday
Call to worship for Pentecost Sunday
Spirit of God, wind of hope, blow far from us
all dark despair,
all deep distress,
all groundless fears,
all sinful desires,
all Satan’s snares,
all false values,
all selfish wishes,
all wasteful worries.
Spirit of God, wind of joy, blow into us
your holy presence,
your living love,
your healing touch,
your splendid courage,
your mighty strength,
your perfect peace,
your caring concern,
your divine grace,
your boundless joy.
Spirit of God, wind of creation blow strong, blow fresh, blow now.
Family of God, from whom does our help come?
Our help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.
Opening prayer and Lord’s Prayer song
(inspired by Galatians 5: 22-23)
O bounteous spirit,
I ask you to bring forth in my life your fruits:
the fruit of love,
so I may love you above all things and all others for your sake;
the fruit of joy,
that I may find my delight in your service;
the fruit of peace,
that I may be pardoned through your mercy and may rest in your love;
the fruit of long-suffering
so that I may bear, with patience, all afflictions;
the fruit of gentleness,
that I may subdue all anger and take calmly and sweetly
all trials and provocations;
the fruit of meekness,
that I may forgive freely all who have hurt me
and endure with patience all burdens that are laid upon me;
the fruit of temperance
that I may restrain all my desires
and bring them into the subjection of your holy will. Amen.
* posted on Spread Jesus.
Lord’s Prayer song
The Lord's Prayer
Words: Jim Strathdee Music: Anon; arr. by All Oppenheimer; accomp. by Jim Strathdee. In The faith we sing (2000). A supplement to The United Methodist Hymnal (1989).
Hymn: Spirit of gentleness
Spirit, spirit of gentleness,
blow thro' the wilderness calling and free,
Spirit, spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,
Wind, wind on the sea.
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. R
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. R
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. R
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. R
A Time for all God’s children
Hymn: I am the dream
I am the dream and you the dreamer.
I am the song and you are the rhyme.
You are the tune sung in ev’ry silence.
You are the now in the endless stream of time.
I am the bell and you the silence.
You are the yearning I cannot curtail.
I am the blest and you the blessing.
You are the wilds in which I lose my trail.
You are the word and I the echo.
You are the leader and I am the led.
You are the joy and I the laughter.
You are the rock on which I lay my head.
Scripture: Galatians 5: 22-26 (The Message)
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.
(But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. [English Standard Version])
May God bless to our understanding this reading of His holy word.
Hymn: Search me O God
(Tune: Now is the hour [Key of G])
Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
Try me, O Saviour, know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin and set me free.
I praise thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
Fulfill thy word, and make me pure within.
Fill me with fire where once I burned with shame;
Grant my desire to magnify thy name.
Lord, take my life, and make it wholly thine;
Fill my poor heart with thy great love divine.
Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord In me abide.
O Holy Ghost, revival comes from thee;
Send a revival, start the work in me.
Thy word declares thou wilt supply our need;
For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.
Prayers of the people and benediction
Prayers of the people
The gifts of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 &1 Corinthians 12: 4-5)
Minister The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:
All love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control.
Minister There are different kinds of spiritual gifts,
All but the same spirit is the source of them all.
Minister There are different kinds of service,
All but we serve the same Lord.
Minister God works in different ways,
All but it is the same God
who does the work in all of us.
In all of us;
all the time.
Hymn: I Feel the winds of God today
VU 625 (Key of Em)
I feel the winds of God today;
today my sail I lift,
though heavy oft with drenching spray
and torn with many a rift;
if hope but light the water's crest,
and Christ my bark will use,
I'll seek the seas at his behest,
and brave another cruise.
It is the wind of God that dries
my vain regretful tears,
until with braver thoughts shall rise
the purer, brighter years;
if cast on shores of selfish ease
or pleasure I should be,
O let me feel your freshening breeze,
and I'll put back to sea.
If ever I forget your love
and how that love was shown,
lift high the blood-red flag above;
it bears your name alone.
Great pilot of my onward way,
you will not let me drift.
I feel the winds of God today;
today my sail I lift.