Worship Service – May 31, 2020
(10:15) Facebook Live Stream Sunday
Prelude/ Lighting of the Candles
Opening Prayer: Spirit of Pentecost, blow open the doors of our shut up hearts. Set our tongues free to proclaim your praise. Bless our youth with visions, and our elders with dreams. Bestow our children with gifts of prophecy, and renew the faith of your people throughout the
world. Blow into our lives, once more, Holy Once, and help us find the strength and courage to become the people you calls us to be. AMEN.
Passing of the Peace: (L)The Peace of Christ be with you
(P) And Also with you.
Opening Songs: “Let the River Flow” Praise book #3036 & “Breathe” Praise book #3012
CALL TO CONFESSION
(L) Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God, though we have rebelled against him. Let us then renounce our willfulness and seek his mercy by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.
Prayer of Confession: Spirit of wind and flame, blow open the doors we erect to keep ourselves sealed off from your world. We long to be set free from the fears that jail us and to be released from chains that bind us. We yearn to draw near to your source of living water, and to drink deeply from its well. We want to be cleansed in your holy fire, and to be driven into the streets by your winds of grace. Come to us, and heal us once more, Mighty Spirit, that we may embrace your gifts in service to a world in need. AMEN.
Words of Assurance: When God breathes the Holy Spirit into our lives, the earth is renewed. When God blesses us with gifts of this same Spirit, we too are renewed and made whole. Rejoice, sisters and brothers, God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Hymn of Illumination “Spirit of the living God” UMH #393
Offertory call (Liturgist, please call ushers forward at this time)
Remember the words Jesus said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Offertory Prayer: For opening your hand, and blessing us with your manifold blessings, we give you thanks, O God. On this day of Pentecost, may our gifts bring dreams and visions to a world in need of hope and direction. And may our hearts overflow with rivers of living water. AMEN.
Scripture Reading: “1 Corinthians 12:3b-13”
L: This is the word of the Lord.
P: Thanks be to God.
Song of Response “Surely the presence of the Lord” UMH#328
Message ‘It is the Gift from the Holy Spirit’ By Edward Granadosin
Pastor East Alton 1st UMC
Closing Hymn “Spirit Song” (2 verses. Then, on Ending Chorus 2x) UMH #347