This week, we are trying something a little different. The normal bulletin contents are below this week's video. We hope that this helps you to feel a little more like being together.
Hymn: Breathe on Me, Breath of God
Call to Worship
We gather on this Pentecost Sunday to celebrate and commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit and also to celebrate the birthday of the church. We come this morning with open hearts and open ears to hear the way the Lord makes himself known to use. We thank him for the times when we truly need his presence and guidance. But we should also remember the times of great joy and celebration, and take the time to thank him and praise him. Give us great joy on this Pentecost Sunday as we gather as God's children.
Prayer of Confession
Merciful God, the gift of Jesus in us is visible in the way we witness to the fruitfulness of that gift. We know that the fruit of the spirit consists of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Yet so often we put conditions on our love, and joy and peace are difficult to discern when our words and actions deny their presence. When we persistently make self-serving decisions rather than Christ-centered ones. Gracious and merciful God, grant us your forgiveness and your love so that we may truly care for one another. Refresh and renew us with the Holy Spirit this day.
Time of Personal Reflection
Assurance of Pardon
In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north, but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth. In Jesus Christ there is new life. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
The Apostle's Creed
Hymn: Sweet, Sweet Spirit
Prayer of Illumination
Scripture Lesson: John 20:19-23 and Acts 2:1-13
Sermon: Pentecost is a Breath of Fresh Air
Hymn: Spirit of the Living God
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord's Prayer
Hymn: Holy, Holy
During Lent, we shared both on our website and on our Facebook page devotionals written by church members in past years. This served as a nice way to connect, even after we stopped meeting in person. Because it will still be some time before we are physically together, we thought that continuing some devotions would be a great way to continue reaching out.
Pick out a few verses or a passage of scripture that mean something to you. Write a paragraph or two (or more, if you need to!) about your reflections on that passage, and a small prayer. Email that to the church's email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We plan to share these on both the church website and Facebook page.
As we continue to be physically apart, please let Pastor Gary or a session member know if you need anything. If you have prayer requests, please talk with Linda Miller. If you need food from our food pantry, please get in touch with Becky Phillips.
This is also a continuing opportunity to reach out to friends, loved ones, and member of our church family. You could send a card, or make a phone call. Even a text message can be appreciated.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.