A Note From Pastor Robyne
Pentecost Sunday is May 28th, it's a significant day to remember and appreciate in the history of the church. The word “Pentecost” basically means “50”, and is significant when one realizes that the Holy Spirit was poured out upon those early believers who were in the upper room as they waited in obedience and expectancy. This was 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and a full 40 days after he ascended back to Heaven. (You can read the story in the first few chapters of the Book of Acts).
While there is far more to this story than this brief article, the main thing I would like to convey here is that they had a spirit of expectancy as they waited for a promise to be given. Our God is all-powerful, yet we limit His work in our lives when we refuse to believe in His ability and His victory.
He is the same God today as he was on that great day the Holy Spirit was poured out on a waiting early church. What do you need Him to do in your life today? He still restores and heals broken lives! He still delivers from the clutches of sin! He still brings hope to the hopeless! He still pours out His Spirit upon expectant believers!
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) says,"but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint".
Expect the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in every area of your life. Our God is able!
Sunday we will conclude our Emerge sermon series with, The Places We Will Go. Our new sermon series, Questions to God will begin Sunday June 4.
Here is a brief overview - Who is God? Why do bad things happen to good people? How can I face the future? Asking questions is a normal part of human life. Having doubts is part of the human experience. We do not have to be ashamed of our doubts or hide our questions before God. In fact, God fully welcomes them and welcomes us. Let's explore some questions together.
See you Sunday at 10am.
Peace, Blessings and Joy
Order of Worship
Congregational Songs: Build Your Kingdom Here
& TFWS #2117 "Spirit of God"
Call To Worship
Leader: Friends, we gather today for a special occasion in the life of the church: Pentecost! This week is the culmination of our journey through the “Emerge” series where we have focused on metamorphosis and resurrection through the metaphor of the butterfly. We celebrate the life of this beloved community by honoring our traditions and looking
to the future with hope, faith, and joy. Through growing
pains and awkward we wondered…
People: …am I always going to feel this way?
Leader: Before we came to this community, we wondered…
People: …where could I find a spiritual home?
Leader: We all come from different backgrounds and hold different views, and we wonder…
People: …how can we faithfully hold space for so many differences of opinion?
Leader: We look to the future of our church and our world, and we wonder…
People: …where will God call us to go next?
Leader: Then the Spirit of the Divine reminds us,
All: “You are all a part of me. You are wind for soaring and you can
emerge to renewed life. Again and again.” Amen.
Holy One, we give thanks for your gifts of resurrection, transformation, and forgiveness.Help us to trust that you are with us always, today and every day, as we journey forward into new experiences and ways of co-creating your kin-dom. Allow us to get curious about the ways in which we can bring your love and light to this world. We are your messengers,your creations, and we lift up all the people and places that are calling out for your renewal. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Congregational Song: Fresh Wind Fresh Fire
Prayer for Illumination:
Almighty God, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Open our eyes that we may see the wonders of your Word; and give us grace that we may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Journey: The Places We Will Go - Pastor Robyne
Scriptures: Acts 2: 1-4. 10: 34-36
Hymn: TFWS #2237 "As a Fire is Meant for Burning"
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Prayer:Holy God, thank you for sending your Spirit, the Spirit of the risen Christ, from heaven. Help us to be like the early disciples, praying patiently as we wait for your guidance and power. Fill our hearts and minds with your gifts of faith, hope, and love. May our conversations with people of every language and culture around us witness to your grace and mercy. We dedicate ourselves and our offerings to your good purposes in the world through our church’s mission by the power of your Spirit. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
.Closing Song: UMH #593 "Here I Am Lord"
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