Greeters: Sue Worley and Kathy Devore
Liturgist: Nancy Byler
May 20, 2018
Lord, so often we seek to serve You, but we want to serve You only in our own strength, only in our own wisdom, and only in our own ways. So often we have fallen short because we have failed to call on Your promise to be with use and to provide for us as we serve You. Forgive us and help us open our lives to Your sustaining and guiding presence.
Hymns are from the chorus book and the brown hymnal.
*indicates that congregation should stand, if able
CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
PRELUDE WITH CANDLE LIGHTING
MEDITATION HYMN (Please remain seated) “Sanctuary” Chorus 158
*CALL TO WORSHIP (read responsively)
L: The peace of God be with you today. Receive with joy the gift of the Holy Spirit.
P: We feel the winds of God blowing among us. We sense the tongues of fire empowering us.
L: How amazing is the power God gives us. How manifold are the works of our Creator.
P: The breath of God fills us with confidence. The Spirit creates new life within and among us.
L: God calls us to be dreamers and prophets. God gives us a vision for a world of peace.
P: May the glory of God endure forever.
*OPENING PRAYER (unison)
Almighty God, we your children pray: let your glory come down. Let the Fire fall on us gathered here as on that first Day of Pentecost. Revive our spirits, fill us with new excitement, with joy unspeakable and compassion for a dying world. Empower us to speak your Word; to utter your words of life using a variety of languages to bring the good news to the poor. Lord, let your fire fall once again on this church, on this community, on this country and on all the families of the earth. In Jesus name and in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
*HYMN: “Spirit of the Living God” 361
FIRST LESSON: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Pew Bible p. 724
L: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
P: Thanks be to God.
Today Connor Graham and Mitchell Kauffman will become new members of Watts UMC as they take their confirmation vows.
Congregational response: With God’s help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ. We will surround Connor and Mitchell with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God, and be found faithful in their service to others. We will pray for them, that they may be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED: I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
RECOGNITION OF GRADUATE
Congratulations to Mackenzie Fultz on her upcoming graduation from Mifflin County High School. Blessings as you continue your education at Penn State University.
SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS
*Doxology Back cover of brown hymnal
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
*HYMN: “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” 85
SERMON TEXT: Acts 2:1-4, 14-21 Pew Bible p. 909
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
*HYMN: “Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul” 444