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Season of Pentecost
June 7, 2020 10:30 AM

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Before the service begins, make sure you have a candle and lighter. For communion, prepare a slice or a small loaf of any kind of bread to share and a cup or small cups of juice — perhaps grape or cranberry — or wine, with or without alcohol. Please mute your microphone.

Prelude

Just As I Am
William B. Bradbury, arr. by Joel Raney

Candle Lighting: We invite you to light a candle with us.

Welcome and Announcements

Poem

Chime

Gathering Words: We will unmute all microphones so you can join in.
Terry Rice, Worship Leader

When we are scattered and lost
The Holy Spirit breathes into us
When we are parched and dry
The Holy Spirit breathes into us
When we have too many or not enough words
The Holy Spirit breathes into us
When we are confused and frustrated
The Holy Spirit breathes into us
God’s Spirit breathes new life into us, dry bones, weary spirits, gathered community.
Come, Holy Spirit, come

Unison Prayer

Spirit of God, come to us, in our homes and in our hearts, in the streets and in our lives. Breathe hope into our despair, insight into our confusion, love into our broken hearts. Spirit of God, come to us, fill us again so that we can be whole. Amen.

Passing the Peace: We will unmute all microphones so you can greet one another.

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Hymn: God of Grace and God of Glory

God of grace and God of Glory, on your people pour your power;
crown your ancient church’s story; bring its bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour,
for the facing of this hour.

From the evils that surround us and assail the Savior’s ways,
from the fears that long have bound us – free our hearts for faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days,
for the living of these days.

Cure your children’s warring madness; bend our pride to your control.
Shame our reckless, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, make our broken spirits whole,
make our broken spirits whole.

Set our feet on lofty places; gird our lives that they may be
armored with all Christ-like graces, in the fight to set us free.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, in the quest for liberty,
in the quest for liberty.

Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore;
let the search for your salvation be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving you whom we adore.
serving you whom we adore.

Senior Spotlight: Kolya Shields

Music

This Little Light of Mine by Harry Dixon Loes
Ibn Sauti

Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14, from The Voice

The Eternal had a hold on me, and I couldn’t escape it. The divine wind of the Eternal One picked me up and set me down in the middle of the valley, but this time it was full of bones. God led me through the bones. There were piles of bones everywhere in the valley—dry bones left unburied.

God said, Human One, do you think these bones can live?

Eternal Lord, certainly You know the answer better than I do.

God said,  Actually, I do. Prophesy to these bones. Tell them to listen to what the Eternal Lord says to them: “Dry bones, I will breathe breath into you, and you will come alive. I will attach muscles and tendons to you, cause flesh to grow over them, and cover you with skin. I will breathe breath into you, and you will come alive. After this happens, you will know that I am the Eternal.”

So I did what God told me to do: I prophesied to the bones. As I was speaking, I heard a loud noise—a rattling sound—and all the bones began to come together and form complete skeletons. I watched and saw muscles and tendons attach to the bones, flesh grow over them, and skin wrap itself around the reforming bodies. But there was still no breath in them.

God said to me: Prophesy to the breath. Speak, Human One, and tell them what the Eternal Lord has to say: “O sweet breath, come from the four winds and breathe into these who have been killed. Make these corpses come alive.”

So I did what God told me to do: I prophesied to the breath. As I was speaking, breath invaded the lifeless. The bodies came alive and stood on their feet. I realized then I was looking at a great army.

God said, Human One, these bones are the entire community of Israel. They keep saying, “Our bones are dry now, picked clean by scavengers. All hope is gone. Our nation is lost.”

God told me to prophesy and tell them say to them,

Pay attention, My people! I am going to open your graves and bring you back to life! I will carry you straight back to the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Eternal One. I will breathe My Spirit into you, and you will be alive once again. I will place you back in your own land. After that you will know I, the Eternal, have done what I said I would do.

So said the Eternal One.

Children’s Time with Ryan Harrison

Families are invited to unmute their microphones.

Scripture: Acts 2:42-47, from the Common English Bible

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

Music

God of Peace and Justice
Palestinian/Lebanese Traditional, translated & arr. by Iona Community

Thoughts     Rev. Good

Hymn: When Law and Trust Break Down

words by Jan Berry; music by Robert Jackson
tune: Breathe on Me, Breath of God (Trentham)

When law and trust break down,
God, give us strength to cope;
and in the heartache of our loss
show us a sign of hope.

When all around is hate,
and voices cry in fear,
God of our streets and urban life,
come, dwell amongst us here.

When beauty is destroyed
and pride gives way to shame,
in our bewilderment and pain,
we call your holy name.

When empty streets are dead,
and smoke pervades the night,
God, reach into our troubled hearts
and bring us safe to life.

When morning brings new calm,
the debris washed with rain,
as people clear the scattered shards,
God, help us build again.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

The shepherds will each read prayers from their flocks.

Abracadabra: Jane and Kent
Candle: Sara S
Flo’s Flock: Flo and Luke
Lemonade: Sarah and Parke
Ponderers: Becky and Paul
Schmidts’ Creek: Susan and Steve
Whyzeflock: Jamie and Clara

Silent Prayer and Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

We invite you to use your chosen words for God: Father, Mother, or…

Our Creator, 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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Offering: What is it you will offer to God and neighbor this week? Type on the screen.

Offertory

One Bread, One Body John B. Foley, SJ; arr. by Mark Hayes

Sharing in Communion

liturgy by Maren Tirabassi

Invitation
This morning you are invited for Holy Communion
in the Body of Christ.
That Body of Christ is not the loaf of bread
you see on my plate on your screen.
The Body of Christ
is not even the bread on your table.

The Body of Christ is us
as we are strengthened by sharing together
this meal of hope and grace and presence.

The parables on the table this morning
include a mask and a glove,
symbols of care for the Body of Christ.

As Jesus might have said —
the Realm of God is like a mask of compassion
on the Bread of Heaven and a
gloved hand lifting the Cup of Blessing
so that all be served and safe.

We pause to honor with tender memory
the holy table in our church home
and to consecrate with love for all God’s children
these many holy tables in our home churches.

Prayer of Consecration
Leader: We Are the Body of Christ dispersed and gathered at the same time,
which is always true though we do not always see it.

Like the grains that become one whole loaf,
like the notes that are woven into song,
like droplets of water that are blended in the sea,
we, as Christians, one body shall become.
(these four lines adapted from verse three of “Una Espiga” “Sheaves of Summer”
Author: Cesáreo Gabarain Translator: George Lockwood)

In your many kitchens, and living rooms, rest your hands lightly upon these elements which we set aside today to be a sacrament.

Let us ask God’s blessing upon them and upon us and upon all those who are in our prayers this morning.

Unison: Gentle Host, rest upon us as you rested upon water and light, earth and creatures, human beings, all in your image, and holy Sabbath. Send your Spirit of life and love, power and blessing upon your children who are staying at home so that this Bread may be broken and gathered in love and this Cup poured out to give hope to all. Risen Christ, live in us, that we may live in you. Breathe in us, that we may breathe in you. Amen.

Words of Remembering
Leader: We remember the Creator blessed all creatures and all human beings with plants of the ground and fruit of the trees. We remember the Sarah’s hospitality to angels, manna in the wilderness, oil that never gave out, and the Psalmist speaking down the ages, “Taste and see that God is good. We remember.

We remember a twelve year old at a Passover in Jerusalem, a meal cooked by Peter’s mother-in-law, a small boy’s lunch, Zacchaeus feast, Martha’s one-dish hospitality, a story about a fatted calf and dancing, another Jerusalem Passover, broken bread in Emmaus, and fish on the beach. We remember.

We remember communal dining inspired by the Holy Spirit, Peter’s unkosher dream that meant all God’s children are accepted, Paul’s communion on a sinking ship and a vision of the fruit of the trees in the New Jerusalem. We remember.

Our tables are as various as these and they are as truly the meal of grace blessed by Creator, Christ and Indwelling Spirit.

Sharing of the Elements
Leader: Let us at our many tables receive the gift of God, the Bread of Heaven.
Unison: We become the Body of Christ in the Bread we share.
Leader: Let us in our many places receive the gift of God, the Cup of Blessing.
Unison: We are one in Christ in the Cup we share.

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Leader: In thanksgiving for this meal of grace, rejoicing that, in the holy dispersion of virtual worship, we claim the risen Christ’s love is not limited by buildings made with human hands, nor contained in human ceremonies, let us pray …
Unison: O Holy One, our tongues have tasted the good news and our lives are filled with the Spirit that hovered over creation and blew fresh hope on Pentecost. Creator open our hearts. Word, speak peace in our voices to all the people in all the hotspots and hurts of the world. As we journey masked through our lonely or dangerous or over-busy day, Holy Spirit, fill us with this blessing — that it is good. Amen.

Benediction

Virtual Fellowship Time

We will unmute all microphones and split participants into breakout rooms.