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Lakeview Presbyterian Church
Service of the Word and Sacrament
June 5, 2022
Welcome Rev. Lois R Lehman
Question for Reflection
It is sometimes said that “every problem was once a solution. I don’t know if that is true, but can you think of something in your life that seemed like such a good idea but later had unexpected consequences?
*Gathering Litany Elder Jonathan Bailey
Spirit of Joy, come like the wind, swirling among us; fill us with enthusiasm, and energize us to do your work and your will (red streamers wave).
All: Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Joy!
Spirit of Truth, come as the flame of Christ’s light among us, shining in our hearts, our minds, our lives (orange streamers).
All: Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Truth!
Spirit of Life, come as the breath of life, pouring energy and power into our dry bones, rekindling those who are weary, that we may have life and know God (yellow streamers).
All: Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Life!
Spirit of Hope, come from the four winds, breathing upon all your people, that all creation may be renewed with hope (pink streamers).
All: Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Hope!
Spirit of Love, come as our Comforter and Consoler, so that all who are broken and wounded are healed, so that all who grieve may be consoled by the power of your love and grace (cream and gold streamers).
All: Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Love!
Spirit of Wisdom, come as the light of understanding, that diversity in all its forms may be respected and may be understood as something to cherish (purple streamers).
All: Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Wisdom!
Spirit of Peace, come as the winds of truth, that our hearts may be kindled by the passion for justice and peace (gold streamers). (all streamers wave)
All: Send forth your Spirit, O God, and renew the face of the earth
*Hymn “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” GtoG 3610
Call to Confession Rev. Lois R Lehman
We are meant to live in harmony with God and God’s creation, but instead we live as broken people, in a world of broken promises and dreams. When we sincerely acknowledge that we are less than perfect people, we open ourselves up to God’s forgiveness, bringing healing and new life. Let us, therefore, confess our sin before God and one another.
Prayer of Confession (pastor/people)
Almighty and ever gracious God, we confess that we have failed to open our hearts to the power of your Holy Spirit.
We continue in tongues that confuse and confound as on the day of Babel. We hurt rather than heal, divide rather than bring together. Restore our fractured lives that we may find peace within and speak words of love and mercy that all may understand.
Hear now our silent prayers…..Amen.
Assurance of Pardon Rev. Lois R Lehman
The God of Grace is constantly renewing and restoring those who seek him; in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, you are forgiven.
If you know a language other than English, say “God loves you” in that language. Otherwise, you may attempt to say the phrase that is stapled to your bulletin (which says “God loves you in a different language)
Prayer for Illumination Elder Jonathan Bailey
Holy Wisdom, you are the pillar of fire that leads us into each new moment of our lives.
By the power of your Spirit, settle now into our hearts and illumine your will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
A Reading from the Hebrew Scripture Genesis 11:1-9 NRS
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the LORD said, "Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another's speech."So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
Hymn: “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness” GtoG #291
A Reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles 2: 1—21 NRS
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-- in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power."All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" 13 But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine." But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 'In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 1And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'
Sermon “Both Sides Now” Rev. Russell Lehman
*Affirmation of Faith from A Brief Statement of Faith GtoG p 37, #4
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Call for the Offering
God’s Spirit is among us making all things new. Let us participate in this new creation by offering our gifts to God.
Donations can be placed in the offering plate near the baptismal font
or mailed to Lakeview Presbyterian Church at 1310 22nd Av S, St Petersburg, FL, 33705 or given online through our email@example.com
Prayer of Dedication
You have blessed each of us with gifts to serve and share, Most Generous God. May the offerings we present today be used to further your Kin-dom and build your beloved community. Amen*.
Sacrament of Hoy Communion
The Words of Institution
The Great Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
The Invitation to the Lord’s Table
Communion Hymn “One Bread, One Body” GtoG #530
The Words of Institution
The Prayer of Thanksgiving
It is truly right and our greatest joy …of prophets who called your people to return to the path of righteousness.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, the Lord God Almighty, who was and is, and is to come.
Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever!
In the fullness of time you sent your Son to be our deliverer…
Accept our praise thanksgiving and a living and holy offering of ourselves that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen.
We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory.
Spirit come …Now hear us as we pray together the prayer our Savior taught us:
The Lord’s Prayer (sung)
The Distribution of the Elements
The Prayer after Communion
Gracious God, may we who have received this sacrament live in the unity of your Holy Spirit, that we may show forth your gifts to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
*Closing Hymn “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” GtoG #66
Charge and benediction Rev. Russell Lehman
May the spark of God ignite you, May the love of Christ renew you May the Holy Spirit fill you, on this Pentecost Sunday and the days to come. Amen.