Sunday May 31, 2020 - Pentecost Sunday
Welcome - Rev. Dr. Michael Ford
Prelude - Dr. Lee Foster
Apparition de l'église éternelle (Vision of the eternal church) is a work for organ, written by the French composer Olivier Messiaen in 1932. Messiaen was a mystic and a synesthete (a person who saw notes and harmonies in colors). He also wrote the following poem on which this work was based.
Made out of living stone,
Made out of heavenly stone,
It appears in heaven:
It is the Lamb's bride!
It is the heavenly church
Made out of heavenly stone
Which is the chosen's souls.
They are in God, and God is in them
For heavenly eternity!
Call to Worship and Opening Prayer - Rev. Susan Maybeck
Opening Hymn - Come, Holy Spirit, Our Hearts Inspire
Scripture Reading - Acts 2:1-21 - Hkadin Lee
English - Burmese -
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[c]
Special Music - Mark Khual Mung
Ministry with the Children - Austin Pettigrew
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord's Prayer -
We invite you to spend a few moments in silent preparation for prayer. We encourage you to think about the many things that fill your heart and mind that you wish to lift up in prayer as we prepare to come before the Lord in prayer.
Musical Preparation for Prayer - Spirit of the Living God - Gabriel O'Shaughnessy
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord's Prayer - Rev. Susan Maybeck
Giving of Thanks for our Offerings -
A Word of Thanksgiving - Laura Tubbs
Prayer of Thanksgiving - Hkadin Lee
Hymn - Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart
Message - Unleashed and Harnessed - Rev. Dr. Michael Ford
Hymn - We are One in the Spirit
Closing Prayer and Blessing - Rev. Simon Aung Kui
Postlude - Dr. Lee Foster
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