May 31st, 2020
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This worship liturgy is an aid for our worship at home, which is a participation of the worship that is already happening in heaven. Worship is less about what we do and more about what we get in on a cosmic scale. Parts can be shared by taking turns, the bold can be used as responses. Even if you are worshiping on your own, try reading this out loud. Getting it in our ears even if we are reading it is really helpful to hearing it.
Tithes & Donations: We can receive donations through the mail or in a box on the table in the foyer. The box will be checked daily and it is under surveillance.
Material Needs: if you are experiencing any sort of financial pinch, let us know and we’d like to see if we can help.
Recordings of the hymns and anthem are on YouTube. Find the links through our website: www.middleburghreformed.org à in home worship. Music for the hymns are on the last two pages of this bulletin.
Order of Worship
* invited to stand, bold said together
Prelude: O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing!
Call to Worship
This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
This is the day when the Spirit came.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
And again I say
—based on Psalm 118:24; Philippians 4:4
Prayer of Confession
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.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer, Amen.
Words of Assurance
Since we have been justified through faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith
into this grace in which we now stand.
And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out his love into our hearts
by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
—Romans 5:1-2, 5
O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever. Amen.
—Romans 11:33, 36
Prayer of Illumination
Lord, open our hearts and minds
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
that as the Scriptures are read
and your Word is proclaimed,
we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.
Scripture: Acts 2:1-13
The Word of the Lord!
Thanks be to God!
Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift,
teach us to render to you all that we have and all that we are, that we may praise you,
not with our lips only, but with our whole lives,
turning the duties, the sorrows, and the joys of all our days into a living sacrifice to you,
through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer of Intercession
Heavenly Father, you sent your Spirit of fire, and came as a rushing wind breathing life and hope into dead bones and cold hearts, impressing your love so deeply into lives that the world took notice of your glory, so we praise you for the comfort and guidance you have given the church throughout the ages:
for your presence in creation, especially for . . .
for changing hearts and guiding decisions as evidenced in . . . for your work through the church…
for your presence in our worship . . .
for your sanctifying work in our lives . . .
we pray for your comfort and guidance as we care for creation . . .
for the nations of the world . . .
for our nation and its leaders . . .
for this community and those who are in authority . . .
for the church as it participates in your healing…
for us in this community seeking to strike witness. . .
for persons with particular needs . . .
We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who live and reign together, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Let us go forth to serve the world as those who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God!
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