Service for Pentecost 2020
The Day of Pentecost
May 31, 2020
The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Welcome to Christ Lutheran
AS WE GATHER
Today is the Day of Pentecost —the birthday of the Christian Church. A more descriptive name might be the Festival Day of the Holy Spirit. The first Pentecost was a most dramatic occasion filled with the fury of wind and burning flames. On this occasion, Jesus' disciples were transformed from timidity and fear to bold, commissioned proclaimers of the Christ's saving Gospel. If the Church could possess a solitary cornerstone of brick and mortar it would bear witness to this momentous day, as the Spirit of God is unleashed upon the Church to ignite faith and sanctify lives.
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Today is a special day for our Jr. Confirmation class of 2020.
Welcome to our celebration! We are glad that you have joined us this morning! May the prayers of our hearts and the acts of our hands be acceptable in God’s sight.
Christ Lutheran Confirmation Class of 2020
Britney and Brooklyn Larson
Hymn: "Today Your Mercy Calls Us" # 915
Today your mercy calls us To wash away our sin.
However great our trespass, Whatever we have been,
However long from mercy Our hearts have turned away,
Your precious blood can wash us And make us clean today.
Today your gate is open, And all who enter in
Shall find a Father's welcome
And pardon for their sin.
The past shall be forgotten, A present joy be given,
A future grace be promised, A glorious crown in heaven.
Today our Father calls us; His Holy Spirit waits;
His blessed angels gather Around the heavenly gates.
No question will be asked us, How often we have come;
Although we oft have wandered, It is our Father's home.
O all embracing Mercy, O ever open Door,
What should we do without you
When heart and eye run over?
When all things seem against us, To drive us to despair,
We know one gate is open, One ear will hear our prayer.
Pastor: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
A Responsive Reading from The Small Catechism
Christian Questions and Their Answers.
Pastor: Do you believe that you are a sinner?
People: Yes, I believe it; I am a sinner.
Pastor: How do you know this?
People: From the Ten Commandments, which I have not kept.
Pastor: Are you also sorry for your sins?
People: Yes, I am sorry that I have sinned against God.
Pastor: What have you deserved from God by your sins?
People: His wrath and displeasure, temporal death and eternal damnation. [Romans 6:21 and 23.]
Pastor: Do you also hope to be saved?
People: Yes, this is my hope.
Pastor: In whom, then, do you trust?
People: In my dear Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor: Who is Christ?
People: The Son of God, true God and man.
Pastor: How many Gods are there?
People: Only one; but there are three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Pastor: We confess our sins to God our Father.
People: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone.
Pastor: We have not loved You with our whole heart;
People: we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment.
Pastor: For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
People: Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen
Pastor: God has promised His merciful forgiveness to those who repent of their sins and turn to Him in confession. He will revive them and speak peace to His people. In His stead and by His command, therefore, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Hymn: “Heavenly Hosts in Ceaseless Worship” # 949
Heavenly hosts in ceaseless worship "Holy, holy, holy!" cry;
"He who is, who was and will be,
God Almighty, Lord Most High."
Praise and honor, power and glory
be to him who reigns alone;
we, with all his hands have fashioned,
fall before the Father's throne.
All creation, all redemption, join to sing the Savior's worth;
Lamb of God whose blood has bought us,
kings and priests, to reign on earth.
Wealth and wisdom, power and glory,
honor, might, dominion, praise
now be his from all his creatures and to everlasting days
Prayer of the Day: O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Readings from the Word of God:
When we reach our Old Testament Lesson Moses has complained to God that he cannot possibly be the only leader among all of these rebellious people. The Israelites were making it difficult, or Moses would say impossible, to lead them. God gave Moses a solution by having Moses appoint 70 elders to help him. The Lutheran study Bible says, "Like Moses, you may at times feel frustration and become angry with the Lord. In His mercy, the Lord provides for you and calls you to repentance and faith through his faithful servants." The Old Testament Reading for the day of Pentecost is from Numbers, chapter 11.
24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.
26 Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, "My lord Moses, stop them." 29 But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!" 30 And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp. ESV
Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,*
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
With the heart one believes and is justified,*
and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
The Second Lesson is the account of the Holy Spirit descending as a gift from God. The Holy Spirit filled the apostles and empowered them to share the message of the gospel with people of different languages. Clearly this was a dramatic moment in the life of the early church. The Holy Spirit came in wind and fire. From this time forward, the mighty works of God done in Jesus will be told to all the peoples of the earth crossing barriers of language and culture. Now the Holy Spirit will work with and through the people of God to spread the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. The Second Reading is from Acts, chapter 2
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and 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, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God." 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" 13 But others mocking said, "They are filled with new wine."
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 "'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on 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 on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;20 the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.' ESV
Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Our Gospel Lesson for today is the account of Jesus in Jerusalem for the final day of the feast of "the Booths." Jesus promised that all believers would receive the Holy Spirit after his death. God's people cry "Oh Holy Spirit, bring refreshing showers of blessings each day of our lives." The Holy Gospel is according to St John, the 7th Chapter.
37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. ESV
Pastor: This is the Gospel of our Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Hymn: “Holy Spirit the Dove Sent from Heaven” # 502
Holy Spirit, the dove sent from heaven,
Ever one with the One who is Three,
From the Father You came, Words of peace to proclaim,Come and comfort us, speak tenderly,
You, the fragrance of life we are seeking;
Fill Your temple, Your altar make clean.
Joyous shelter of love, Gracious friend from above,
In Your care we are resting, serene.
Holy Spirit, the fire celestial,
Who on Pentecost came as foretold,
To descend from on high And the Church occupy
As the cloud filled the temple of old;
All the baptized You seal with Your promise,
All believers Your gift there receive,
So that all the elect All in Christ may expect
To enjoy what by grace they believe.
Holy Spirit, the unction of blessing, Sacred oil of the green olive tree,
Giving heat, giving light, As the tent lamps ignite
And as Aaron praised God joyfully.
Blessed living and life giving water, Now preserve us from evil within;
For in Jesus, God's Son, All believers are one
In this washing that cleanses from sin.
Holy Spirit, the wind of great power, Source of strength and of peace and of love,
Truest Comforter, plead, As You bring all our need
To the throne of God's glory above.
Be the light that enlightens the Scriptures; Keep our feet from each devilish snare;
Only You can make whole All that troubles our soul;
By Your chrism, Christ's triumph we share.
The Sermon: “The Breath of God” Acts 2:1-21
Hymn “O Lord, Hear My Prayer” # 780
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer;
When I call answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer;
Come and listen to me. (Repeat)
Prayers (Lord in your mercy - Hear our prayer)
Almighty God, You have blessed us with the Savior to whom the nations cry and in whom is forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Grant us Your Holy Spirit, the Comforter whom You have promised. Help us to treasure in our hearts Your mercy and to give ourselves fully to Your service. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, You have ordered all things in heaven and on earth. Bless Donald, our president; Mark, our governor; the Congress of the United States; and all elected and appointed civil servants, that the rule of law may protect the weak, preserve life from conception to its natural end, and peace may reign for the benefit of all. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, have mercy and spare us. Put an end to the pandemic, and restore the communities of the world to their common life.
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for the sick, the suffering, (especially ___________) O God, your compassion never fails, give healing to the sick, relief to the suffering, peace to the sorrowful, and mercy to every soul that is distressed, that they may find in You the help that only You can give them; Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord God in Holy Baptism You began Your good work in Britney and Brooklyn, and You have blessed Their instruction and training in Your Word. We ask you to pour out Your Holy Spirit on their hearts and minds so that they will truly love and revere You - that they will confess the faith with joy and boldness - that they will try to live according to Your commandments and that they will praise and glorify You as their faithful God and Lord. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer
Lord God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the Giver of life, we give thanks for all the mercies you granted to our brother Duane during his earthly life especially for calling him to faith in Jesus Christ. Comfort the survivors who mourn his death with the hope of the glorious resurrection and a happy reunion in heaven. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
The Pastor: Confirmation marks the completion of our congregation’s program of confirmation ministry, a period of instruction in the Christian faith as confessed in the teachings of the Lutheran Church. Those who have completed this program were made members of the Church in Baptism. Confirmation includes a public profession of the faith into which the candidates were baptized, thus underscoring God’s action in their Baptism.
An Elder of the Congregation says:
Britney and Brooklyn Larson have been instructed in the Christian faith and desire to make public profession of the faith into which they were baptized.
Dear Sisters, we rejoice that you now desire to make public profession of your faith and assume greater responsibility in the life of our Christian community and its mission in the world.
In Holy Baptism our Lord Jesus Christ received you and made you a member of his Church. In the community of God’s people, you have learned from his Word - God’s loving purpose for you and all creation. You have been called to be a witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Now, therefore, I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the Church, the faith in which we baptize.
[The Congregation Is Also Invited To Respond ]
P: Do you renounce all the forces of evil, the devil, and all his empty promises?
C: I do.
P: Do you believe in God the Father?
C: I believe in God the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
P: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
C: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
P: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
C: I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
[The Congregation Will Please Stand]
P: We pray for Britney and Brooklyn who are making public confession of the faith that they were baptized into, and for all the baptized everywhere: We pray that they may be redeemed from all evil and rescued from the way of sin and death: Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: That the Holy Spirit may open their hearts to your grace and truth: Lord in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer
P: That they may be kept in the faith and communion of your holy Church: Lord in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer
P: That they may be sent into the world to witness to your love: Lord in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer
P: That they may be brought to the fullness of your peace and glory: Lord in your mercy,
C: hear our praye
P: Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
[The Congregation Is Seated]
the Pastor Addresses the Confirmand:
Pastor: You have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in Holy Baptism:
to live among God’s faithful people,
to hear his Word and share in His supper,
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
to serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus,
and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?
Each Confirmand answers:
I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.
Pastor: Is it your sincere intention to be faithful in Church attendance and in attendance at the Lord’s Supper?
C: It is my intention with God’s help.
Pastor: Should Satan succeed in luring you into a life of sin do you request that your fellow Christians do all they can to restore you to your walk of faith in Christ?
C: I ask my brothers and sisters to help me in my walk of faith.
Pastor: We pray:
Gracious Lord, through water and the Spirit you have made these women your own. You forgave them all of their sins and brought them to newness of life. Continue to strengthen them with the Holy Spirit, and daily increase in counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, and the spirit of joy in your presence; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
The Catechumen Gives Her Right Hand and Kneels.
The Pastor Lays His Hand upon her Head and Says:
Father in heaven, for Jesus’ sake, stir up in [Britney / Brooklyn] the gift of your Holy Spirit; confirm her faith, guide her life, empower her in her serving, give her patience in suffering, and bring her to everlasting life.
The Catechumen answers: Amen.
A confirmation text is then given to the catechumen.
Pastor: Peace be with you.
Catechumen: And also with you.
P: Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us — ourselves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love.
C: Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Since its beginning, congregations of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod have followed the practice of close communion, a practice rooted in the early Christian Church. Since not every Christian believes that we truly receive the Body and Blood of the LORD - in - with - and under, the bread and wine; we ask that guests who are not L.C.M.S. members, observe the way we celebrate the Supper and read the communion card in the pew, in order to understand our celebration of the Lords Supper. If you wish to commune with us please speak with pastor before the next service.
Thank you for respecting our faith.
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them to the Lord
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
P: It is indeed good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord; who on the tree of the cross gave salvation to all, that, where death began, there life might be restored, and that he who by a tree once over-came, might by a tree be over-come. And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join in their unending praise:
C: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
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 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 and Ever. Amen.
P: Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father: endless is your mercy and eternal your reign. You have filled all creation with light and life; heaven and earth are full of your glory. Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations. You rescued Israel, your chosen people. Through prophets you renewed your promise; and, at this end of all the ages, you sent your Son, who in words and deeds proclaimed your kingdom and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of me. In the same way also he took the cup after supper, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying: Drink of it, all of you; this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.
This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death, until he comes.
C: Christ has died. Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
P: Therefore, gracious Father, with this bread and cup we remember the life our Lord offered for us. And believing the witness of his resurrection, we await his coming in power to share with us the great and promised feast.
C: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
+ 547 - “The Lamb” +
The Lamb, the Lamb, O Father, where’s the sacrifice?
Faith sees, believes God will provide the Lamb of price!
Worthy is the Lamb whose death makes me His own!
The Lamb is reigning on His throne!
The Lamb, the Lamb, One perfect final offering.
The Lamb, the Lamb, Let earth join heaven His praise to sing.
The Lamb, the Lamb, As wayward sheep their Shepherd kill
So still, His will On our behalf the Law to fill
He sighs, He dies, He takes my sin and wretchedness.
He lives, forgives, He gives me His own righteousness.
He rose, He rose, My heart with thanks now overflows.
His song prolong Till every heart to Him belong.
+ 629 - What Is This Bread +
What is this bread? Christ's body risen from the dead:
This bread we break, This life we take,
Was crushed to pay for our release
O taste and see--the Lord is peace.
What is this wine? The blood of Jesus shed for mine;
The cup of grace Brings His embrace
Of life and love until I sing!
O taste and see--the Lord is King.
So who am I, That I should live and He should die
Under the rod? My God, my God,
Why have You not forsaken me?
O taste and see--the Lord is free.
Yet is God here? Oh, yes! By Word and promise clear,
In mouth and soul He makes us whole–
Christ, truly present in this meal.
O taste and see--the Lord is real.
Is this for me? I am forgiven and set free!
I do believe That I receive His very body and His blood.
O taste and see--the Lord is good.
+ 635 O Gracious Lord, I Firmly Am Believing +
O gracious Lord, I firmly am believing
Your boundless love will bless each faithful soul,
and from this altar we are here receiving
Your body and Your blood to make us whole,
Your body and Your blood to make us whole.
Lord, I have sinned a thousand times offending;
My thankless thoughts and words and deeds erase,
to me Your hand of mercy now extending,
O God my Savior I implore Your grace.
O God my Savior I implore Your grace.
You see my sin yet seat me at Your table;
Lord as a guest, I surely am the least
Unclean, unfit, of worthy deeds unable-
My heart prepare for this most holy feast,
My heart prepare for this most holy feast.
O Lamb of God, my faithful loving Savior,
You I embrace in faith and holy love;
Grant me the strength to show by my behavior
A life now hidden in Your reign above,
A life now hidden in Your reign above.
Heavenly Bread, my life and benediction,
this cup You give can take away each ill.
Come and relieve my soul from all affliction;
Calm every sigh until my heart is still,
Calm every sigh until my heart is still.
Pastor: We pray: Pour out upon us the spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of those whom you have fed with one heavenly food; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Receive the blessing of the LORD:
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face to shine on you
And be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.
The Hymn: "Lord of All Hopefulness" # 738
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares can destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,
Your strength in our hearts, Lord at the noon of the day.
Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.
Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.
Special Thanks to Our Quilters! The beautiful quilt that you see hanging on the wall of the church was made by the skilled and loving hands of our Quilters Group. Each of our High School graduates receives a handmade quilt to take with them to remember Christ Lutheran and to be a reminder of the love of Christ that we all share here and in eternity. Very nicely done, Quilters! Congratulations Brett! Be sure and take your quilt home with you today.
The will of the Lord
will never take you
Where the grace of God
can not hold you.
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