The First Congregational Church of Canton Center
United Church of Christ
An Open & Affirming Congregation
May 31, 2020
Twelfth Sunday of Shutdown Due to Pandemic
(Order of Worship can be found beneath the video)
~ Order of Worship ~
CHIMES Karen Needham, with organ
WELCOME AND ANOUNCEMENTS
PRELUDE His Eye Is On The Sparrow Charles Gabriel, arr. Mark Hayes
Judy Robinson, vocal solo
GATHERING PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
Holy Spirit, gather us:
though we are not all in one physical place,
Help us remember our oneness in you,
our common life and our shared belonging
so that wherever we are
and whatever our own spirits feel on this day,
we will awaken to the power of your Spirit
that wants to give us new life.
Even now, especially now,
let us be a Pentecost people,
energized by vision and committed to living it,
for the sake of the gospel and for the sake of the world.
We gather our prayers into one prayer, as we say together:
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 debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.
READING FROM SCRIPTURE Acts 2:1-21
2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 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. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 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.”
14 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. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘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.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
SERMON On the Other Side
HYMN “Spirit, Come, Dispel Our Sadness” Tune: PLEADING SAVIOR
Spirit, Come, dispel our sadness; pierce the clouds of nature’s night.
Come, O Source of joy and gladness, breathe your life and spread your light.
From the height that knows no measure, as a gracious shower descend,
bringing down the richest treasure we can wish, or God can send.
Let your fire heal our dissensions, let y our flame refine our goals.
Let your peace resolve our tensions, send your dove to soothe our souls.
Let your wind flow fresh within us, sweeping clean all hate and strife
from our hearts; O come and win us for a more abundant life.
Author of the new creation, come, anoint us with your power.
Make our hearts your habitation, with your grace our spirits shower.
Hear, O hear, our supplication, blessed Spirit, God of peace!
Rest upon this congregation with the fullness of your grace.
JOYS AND CONCERNS & PASTORAL PRAYER
POSTLUDE Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates David Von Kampon
Mary Lou Keefe, Director of Music
Jerry Alonzy, Webmaster & Videographer
Karen Needham, Lay Reader, Chimes
Judy Robinson, Soloist
The Rev. Dr. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza, Pastor