HENDERSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
http://www.hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com   prayerrequest@hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com       office -  814-453-6041

Lectionary Readings:
Psalm 104:24-34,35b; Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13;
 John 7:37-39

*GATHERING HYMN   
“Surely the Presence of the Lord”                            UMH #328

Prelude

(Please take this time during the prelude to quiet your hearts before God

and peacefully anticipate the movement of the Holy Spirit.)

*Call to Worship            

Leader:   On this day, may Grace’s breath shatter the shutters of our hearts.

People:  On this day, may we step out of our fears to welcome the new life gifted to us.

Leader:   Here, in the midst of our sisters and brothers, may our frozen souls be enflamed by justice’s Spirit.

People:  As we catch a glimpse of the dreams of those around us, as we listen to the voices of the oppressed in every language.

Leader:   In the days to come, may we speak of God’s love and the Spirit’s peace for all.

People:  So that people will find a community awaiting them, even for those rejected by everyone else.

*Hymn of Praise                “Spirit of God”    
                                                                   TFWS #2117
           

                                                    

 Opening Prayer 

On Pentecost Day long ago, your great Spirit came upon the saints in Jerusalem. May your Spirit come upon us and this community of faith here this day. We welcome the flame and light of your Spirit here in this place today. Renew us with an energized faith and affirm us as your people here to worship and celebrate with strength, courage and hope in Christ. Amen.

 

WE TALK TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER

 

Praises, Joys and Concerns

 

Hymn of Preparation       “Spirit Song”       
                                                                        UMH #347

 

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS

 

Offerings, Tithes and Gifts to the Lord

 

Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

                                           “Doxology”                             UMH #95

 

CELEBRATING THE WORD

 

Children’s Time

 

Blessing of Campers

 

New Testament Reading              page 992           

Acts 2:1-21

 

Sermon                         Countdown                         Pastor Mary

*Closing Hymn          “Bind Us Together”              TFWS #2226

 

*Sending

Pastor:    The shutters of our hearts have been flung open by the fresh breath of God!

People:  We will go to offer God’s love to everyone around us.

Pastor:    Our souls have been set on fire by the justice of the Brother of the poor.

People:  We will go to share visions of hope, to listen to the dreams of the oppressed.

Pastor:    Our loneliness and fears have been set aside by the Spirit of inclusion creating community.

People:  We will speak words of peace to all we meet, we will open ourselves to the gifts of others.

 

Affirmation of Faith Covenant

and Reception into

Church Membership

Introduction

Pastor:    Brothers and sisters in Christ:

Through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ's holy Church. We are incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit. All this is God's gift, offered to us without price.

Through the reaffirmation of our faith, we renew the covenant declared at our baptism, acknowledge what God is doing for us, and affirm our commitment to Christ's holy Church.

I present those seeking church membership, Merrilee Sharie and Dianne Williard, through reaffirmation of faith and Helen Hedderick, through letter of transfer from Glenwood United Methodist Church.

 

Renunciation of Sin and Reaffirmation of Faith

Pastor:    (to Merrilee and Dianne) Since the earliest times, the vows of Christian baptism have consisted first of the renunciation of all that is evil and then the profession of faith and loyalty to Christ.

On behalf of the whole Church, I ask you:

              Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?

Candidates:           I do.

Pastor:    Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?

Candidates:           I do.

Pastor:    Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?

Candidates:           I do.

Pastor:    According to the grace given to you, will you remain faithful members of Christ's holy Church and serve as Christ's representatives in the world?

Candidates:           I will.

Pastor:    (to congregation) Do you, as Christ's body, the Church, reaffirm both your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ?

Congregation:       We do.

Pastor:    Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include these persons now before you in your care?

Congregation:  With God's help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ.

We will surround Merrilee and Dianne with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God, and be found faithful in their service to others.

We will pray for them, that they may be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life.

Pastor:    Let us join together in professing the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

Do you believe in God the Father?

All:         I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Pastor:    Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

All:         I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

                        who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

                        born of the Virgin Mary,

                        suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                        was crucified, died, and was buried;

                        he descended to the dead.

                        On the third day he rose again;

                        he ascended into heaven,

                        is seated at the right hand of the Father,

            and will come again to judge the living and the

            dead.

Pastor:    Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

All:         I believe in the Holy Spirit,

                        the holy catholic church,

                        the communion of saints,

                        the forgiveness of sins,

                        the resurrection of the body,

                        and the life everlasting.

Reception into the United Methodist Church

Pastor:    As members of Christ's universal Church, will you be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church, and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries?

Candidates:           I will.

 

Reception into Membership of

Henderson United Methodist Church

Pastor:    (to Merrilee, Dianne and Helen) As members of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness?

Candidates:           I will.

COMMENDATION AND WELCOME

Pastor:    Members of the household of God, I commend Merrilee, Dianne and Helen to your love and care. Do all in your power to increase their faith, confirm their hope, and perfect them in love.

Merrilee, Dianne and Helen, the God of all grace, who has called us to eternal glory in Christ, establish you and strengthen you by the power of the Holy Spirit, that you may live in grace and peace.

 

 

Sacrament of Holy Communion

for Pentecost

Call to Reconciliation

Pastor:    When our lives remain hidden, when are hearts are shuttered, when our souls are fill with fear because of all we have done and said, God comes, breathing new life, blowing away our failings, restoring us to new hope.  Please join me, as we pray together, saying,

Unison Prayer for Forgiveness

Spirit of Pentecost, would that all would tell of your wonders in our lives, your overflowing grace – but we are too busy complaining of someone’s social media post.  Would that we might share the Spirit which has transformed our lives, but we bottle it up, hoping to sell it on the internet.  Would that we might let go of all the envy we have about others, but we let erode our souls day by day.

Forgive us and pour your mercy into the closed rooms of our hearts.  Breathe your peace upon us, that we might be healers of brokenness.  Breathe your hope upon us, that we might open ourselves to the lonely.  Breath your love into us, that we might be as generous and welcoming as Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.    

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon

Pastor:    Listen!  This is the good news spoken long ago, yet brought fresh to us by the Holy Spirit.  God forgives us and fills us with all things new.

People:  Thanks be to God!  God gives us new hope, new joy, new life – this day and in all the days to come.  Amen.

 

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

Pastor:    May the Spirit of Pentecost touch you this day.

People:  And touch you, as well.

Pastor:    May the fresh breeze of love fill your hearts.

People:  We open them to the Spirit who would overflow from our hearts.

Pastor:    May the words of Pentecost offer you new songs.

People:  We will sing praise and thanksgiving to our God.

Pastor:    Wow!  What you do, God of imagination and wonder!
You breathe your Spirit into chaos, shattering the emptiness and shaping all that is beautiful; you speak your Word into silence, and rivers flow down mountainsides, creepy crawlies inhabit the grasslands, monarch butterflies dance with flowers, blue whales leap out of the oceans.

Like them, you would feed those created in your image with goodness and grace, but we run off with temptation, locking ourselves in death’s upper room. Because your glory is eternal, you continued to send women and men to tell your words of forgiveness and welcome, yet we continued to huddle in fear with sin and its disciples. So you sent Jesus to us, to breathe your peace upon us and to bring us back to you.

With those who continue to live in fear with those who share the Spirit with others, we will sing your praise forever and ever:

People:  Holy, holy, holy are you, Shattering Spirit.

All creation will sing until it has no more breath.
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the One who stands in our midst speaking peace.

Hosanna in the highest!

Pastor:    Like your glory, may your holiness be eternal, God of wind and flames, and may your Child, Jesus, bless us
with words of wonder and joy. Though we would close our hearts, he comes to open them with love;
though we would shutter our souls, he comes to throw them wide open with laughter and love; though we would remain hidden away in death’s cold upper room, he enters to take its power over us away, so the bright flames of the resurrection might dance over our lives bringing us hope.

As we would open our hearts to the Spirit, as we would welcome the peace and power, we tell of that faith grounded in Pentecost’s mystery:

People:  Drawing his last breath, Christ died for us; with the sudden breath of the resurrection, Christ was raised;
Christ will return, to breathe the Spirit into us forever.

Pastor:    Here in this place, with people gathered in this space, may you pour the Spirit of Pentecost upon the simple gifts of the bread and the cup. With the brokenness of the bread, we pray hope might dance upon our souls so we will rush out like a mighty wind to bring healing to our shattered world.  Drinking from the cup of grace, we pray it flow through us to become a fountain of unending generosity to parched people thirsting for life.

And when that day comes when we no longer need to huddle under the covers of fear, you will gather us around the Table with our sisters and brothers of every time, of every place, breathing the Spirit upon us, telling us the Word of grace and hope, as we sing our thanks forever and ever, God in Community, Holy in One.  Amen.

 

 

Announcements:

Sunday, June 4
9:30 a.m. Worship—Pentecost
Reception of New Members
Welcome Celebration in Ministry Building  following Worship
Blessing of Campers
Wednesday, June 7 Harry goes to Camp at Wesley Woods
Thursday-Sunday, June 8-11
Annual Conference at Grove City
Sunday, June 11
9:30 a.m. Worship—Jesús Jiménez, preaching
 

1 Corinthians 12:3-13 (NRSV)

Spiritual Gifts

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

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 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, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

One Body with Many Members

12 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. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

 

 

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