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Pentecost Sunday

May 31, 2020


The lit candle represents the presence of Christ

All are welcome and may you receive what God has for you today


Gathering: Center yourself as we prepare to worship.


Greeting: God be with you.

                        The people answer: And also with you.



 Pentecost Sunday 

May 31, 2020


Prelude                                 Holy, Holy, Holy                                                       Mosaic-Bethany First Worship Team

Call to Worship                                                                                                                                                       Galen Schad[1]

When the wind rushes into the room, Stand up, stand up for Jesus!

When your hearts are set on fire but not consumed, Stand up, stand up for Jesus!

When love is spoken and understood in every language, Stand up, stand up for Jesus!

Stand up, stand up like Peter and the Eleven did so long ago For the sake of the children and the elderly…

For the sake of the last and the least amongst us…

For the sake of all who call upon God’s saving name in an age of wonders, signs, and darkness… Stand up, stand up for Jesus!

Opening Hymn  #2117                    Spirit of God                                                                       Steve Garnaas-Holmes[2]

Spirit of God, bright Wind, breath that bids life begin, blow as you always do; create us anew. Give us the breath to sing, lifted on soaring wing. Held in your hands, borne on your wings.  Refrain: Alleluia! Come, Spirit, come! Alleluia! Come, Spirit, come!

Spirit of God, bright Dove, grant us your peace and love, healing upon your wings for all living things. For when we live your peace, captives will find release, held in your hands, borne on your wings.  Refrain


Spirit of God, bright Hands, even in far off lands you hold all the human race in one warm embrace. No matter where we go, you hold us together so, held in your hands, borne on your wings.  Refrain


Spirit of God, bright Flame, send us in your holy name, the power to heal, to share your love everywhere. We cannot fail or fall, or know defeat at all, held in your hands, borne on your wings.  Refrain


Spirit of God in all, we gladly hear your call, the life in our hands that sings, the power of your wings. Born of your grace we rise, love shining in our eyes, held in your hands, borne on your wings.  Refrain


Prayer of Invocation                                                                                                             Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Brennan[3] 

Merciful God, we stand in the midst of sickness, death, and grief; we see people without jobs, standing in mile-long food lines; we witness the unjust distribution of resources and racial discrimination, we watch


health care providers exhausted and overwhelmed farmers with no market for their crops we wonder ... have they, have we, been abandoned?

Jesus promised ... that we would not be orphaned; that you would send your Spirit; that, because he lives, we shall live; that you are not gone from us; that we have not been deserted; that you abide with us, and in us.

O God our Help, hear our prayer — to love you to keep your great commandment to love others to know you revealed through our loving acts to see you — here and now with us and in us, forever. 

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Scripture: Acts 2:1-21[4]                                                                                                      

Prayer of the Day                                                                                                             Rev. Jill Colley Robinson[5]

Holy Spirit of God, your children are scattered in the valley of the world, where songs of hope and cries for healing echo down the canyons carved deep to the ends of the earth.


Send your Spirit to this place.

Make the ground upon which we stand holy.

Put our feet on the upward path of glory.


Windy Spirit of God, lift from us the burdens and brokenness we carry, and lift up our eyes to the strength of the hills,

to the stronghold of the mountains, to the holy canopy of sky above.


Fiery Spirit of God, put in us the dream of a world where your righteousness is right in us.


Fluent Spirit of God, place in us your vision for the world where justice is not just for us; but where justice just is, for all. Amen.


Sermon “Are we Standing for Jesus?”                                                                         Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

Instrumental Interlude                     Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus                                               Dave Shrewsbury 



Apostle’s Creed                                                                                                            Leominster UMC, Leominster, MA

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.

From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic[6] church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


Lord’s Prayer[7] 

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. Amen.


Invitation to the Offering and Offertory Prayer                                                                                    Rev. Ted Crass

Offertory                              Spirit Break Out                                                     New England Pentecost Virtual Choir

Hymn:  #378                       Amazing Grace                                                        Mosaic-Bethany First Worship Team

Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound that save a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.

The Lord has promised good to me, his word my hope secures; he will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, I shall possess, within the veil, a life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.


Benediction                                                                                                                                                 Rev. Megan Stowe8 

May God give you grace to never sell yourself short! Grace to risk something big for something good! Grace to remember that the world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but Love! The Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us now and remain with us this day and always. Amen.


Postlude:                             I am Thine O Lord                                                    Mosaic-Bethany First Worship Tea

[1] Written by Rev. Jill Colley Robinson.

[2] Written by Rev. Steve Garnaas-Holmes.

[3] Written by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar.

[4] Scripture read by Rev. Grace Xia Chur in Mandarin, Rev. Juarez Goncalvez in Portuguese, Dongmyung Shim in Korean, Rene Wilbur in English, Irene Innis in Bassa, Nord Hovermann in French, Bonnie-jean Rowe will be signing in American Sign Language, Pat Parent in Western Abenacki, and Rev. Alicia Vélez Stewart in Spanish.

[5] Written by Rev. Jill Colley Robinson. Paintings by Rev. Tom Atkins. Photographs by Rev. Linda Brewster, Rev. Rae Fraumann, and Rev. Kelly Turney.

[6] universal

[7] Lord’s Prayer read by Rev. Grace Xia Chur, Rev. Juarez Goncalvez, Bonnie Hovermann, Irene Innis, Bishop John Innis, Pat Parent, Galen Schad, Dongmyung Shim, and Rev. Alicia Vélez Stewart. Lord’s Prayer is signed by Bonnie-jean Rowe. 8 Written by William Sloan Coffin.