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Bulletin May 31 Pentecost Ante-Communion

Published by David Ruberg on Thu, May 28, 2020 11:33 AM

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If you are reading at home with a partner or more, one can take the role of officiant (leader) and the other(s) read the responses in bold type. If reading alone, read both parts.

Prelude: Breathe on me, Breath of God. Text: Edwin Hatch; Tune: Lister R. Peace.

          Cathie Knox-Browning, soprano; Lola Wolf, keyboardist

The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday: Rite II

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,

     we worship you, we give you thanks we praise you for your glory.

 Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

     Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

     you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

     you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

     in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect of the Day The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit Among the People of God

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Let us pray.

God of all power and love, we give thanks for your unfailing presence and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss. Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire.  Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world; a people who pray, worship, learn, break bread, share a life, heal neighbors, bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit.  Wherever and however we gather, unite us in common prayer, and send us in common mission, that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Reading: Acts 2:1–21

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs — in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

Thanks be to God.

Response: Psalm 104:25-35, 37, Benedic, anima mea

Read responsively by whole verse.

25 O Lord, how manifold are your works! *

      in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

26 Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, *

      creatures both small and great.

27 There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, *

      which you have made for the sport of it.

28 All of them look to you *

      to give them their food in due season.

29 You give it to them; they gather it; *

       you open your hand, and they are filled with  good things.

30 You hide your face, and they are terrified; *

      you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.

31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *

      and so you renew the face of the  earth.

32 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; *

      may the Lord rejoice in all his works.

33 He looks at the earth and it trembles; *

      he touches the mountains and they smoke.

34 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; *

      I will praise my God while I have my being.

35 May these words of mine please him; *

      I will rejoice in the Lord.

37 Bless the Lord, O my soul. *


Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b–13

No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free —and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

Thanks be to God.

Alleluia: A Repeating Alleluia, Calvin Hampton (1938-1984)

          Courtesy of Epiphany Choir, Seattle

Holy Gospel: John 7:37–39 

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Christ.

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

The Gospel of our Savior.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Homily: The Reverend Kate E. Wesch

Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Dear People of God: In Holy Baptism we have been made part of that great fellowship of believers in all times and places, the Communion of Saints. In baptism God has adopted us as children and made us members of Christ’s Body and inheritors of God’s kingdom with the saints in light. Let us, therefore, renew the vows of our baptism by which God has made us a holy people.

The Baptismal Covenant

Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

I do.

Do you believe in God the Father?

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

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

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 to the dead. 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.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

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.

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

I will, with God’s help.

Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

I will, with God’s help.

Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

I will, with God’s help.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

I will, with God’s help.

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

I will, with God’s help.

May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

The Asperges

Voluntary: Variations, Arvo Pärt

          Lola Wolf, keyboardist

Prayers of the People

In the power of the Spirit who comforts us while we are unable to gather under one roof, we offer the deep yearnings of our hearts to God, praying, Spirit of the Living God,

Come close and hear our prayer.

For the Church, that it may serve as a beacon of hope to a suffering world. We pray for all who minister in your name in this time of new challenges. Spirit of the Living God,

Come close and hear our prayer.

For the leaders of the nations of the world, that they may work together for the common good. Erase the barriers that divide us so bonds of trust may be strengthened that benefit the whole human family. Spirit of the Living God,

Come close and hear our prayer.

Heal those who are sick with COVID-19; grant them your healing grace. Give strength to those who are caring for family and friends. Bless scientists and researchers around the world as they create a vaccine. Spirit of the Living God,

Come close and hear our prayer.

For those who have already lost loved ones to the virus and those who will suffer such loss, that they may know the consolation of your love. Spirit of the Living God,

Come close and hear our prayer.

Remove the presence of fear and anxiety from our hearts, that confident in your providence we may be generous in sharing our resources. Be present with parents working from home and caring for children, and with those who are unemployed and struggling financially. Spirit of the Living God,

Come close and hear our prayer.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others, especially _____ , and those we now name either silently or aloud _____ .

Silence may be kept.

Spirit of the Living God,

Come close and hear our prayer.

We thank you Lord, for all the blessings of this life, especially _____ , and invite your thanksgivings either silently or aloud _____ .

Silence may be kept.

Spirit of the Living God,

Come close and hear our prayer.

We pray for all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and those whose faith is known to you alone. We remember especially _____ , and those we now name either silently or aloud _____ .

Silence may be kept.

Spirit of the Living God,

Come close and hear our prayer.

Keep us, good Lord, under the care of your Holy Spirit. Sustain and support us in our trials, and remind us that nothing can separate us from your love. Amen.


 Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

A moment of reflective silence is kept.

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you

     in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done,

     and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart;

     we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us;

     that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways,

     to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

Offertory Sentence

Let us with gladness present the offerings and oblations of our life and labor to the Lord.

The congregation's gifts of money and donations for the Food Bank and Little Free Pantry are presented and placed on the Holy Table.

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The Lord’s Prayer

And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray,

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, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving as I proclaim your resurrection. I love you above all things, and long for you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.

(From Washington National Cathedral; material adapted from Prayer of St. Alphonsus de Liguori (1696-1787), and A Prayer Book for the Armed Services, 2007.)

The Blessing

May Almighty God, who enlightened the minds of the disciples by pouring out upon them the Holy Spirit, make you rich with his blessing, that you may abound more and more in that Spirit for ever. Amen.

May God, who sent the Holy Spirit as a flame of fire that rested upon the heads of the disciples, burn out all evil from your hearts, and make them shine with the pure light of his presence. Amen.

May God, who by the Holy Spirit caused those of many tongues to proclaim Jesus as Lord, strengthen your faith and send you out to bear witness to him in word and deed. Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

The Peace

The peace of Christ be always with you.

And also with you.


Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!

Postlude: Organ Prelude in C Major, BWV 553, J.S. Bach

          Lola Wolf, keyboardist

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