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Sunday Morning Worship 05 28 2023
Pam Smith
Pam Smith
Sunday, May 28, 2023

Order of Worship
Day of Pentecost
May 28, 2023





What a wildly wonderful world you have created God!
You made it all with Wisdom at your side. The earth overflows with your wonderful creations.

You send forth your Spirit and they spring to life;
And so you renew the face of the earth.

We will sing to the Lord our whole life long!
I will praise my God as long as I have breath.


Blessed are you, holy God.  You are the creator of the waters of the earth.  You are the fire of rebirth.  You poured out your Spirit on your people Israel.  You breathe life into our dry bones.  Your Son Jesus promised to send the Spirit to us that the world may know your peace and truth.

Pour out your Holy Spirit, and breathe new life into those who are baptized. By your Spirit adopt us all as your children, through our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading 
ELW 401

Gracious Spirit, heed our pleading,
fashion us all anew.
It's your leading that we're needing
help us to follow you

    Come, come, come, Holy Spirit, come.
    Come, come, come, Holy Spirit come.

Come to teach us, come to nourish
those who believe in Christ.
Bless the faithful, may they flourish
strengthened by grace unpricedRefrain

Guide our thinking and our speaking
done in your holy name.
Motivate all in their seeking
freeing from guilt and shame.  Refrain

Not mere knowledge, but discernment,
nor rootless liberty;
turn disquiet to contentment,
doubt into certainty.  Refrain.

Keep us fervent in our witness;
unswayed by earth's allure.
Ever grant us zealous fitness,
which you alone assure.  Refrain.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you. 


This Is the Feast
ELW 169

    This is the feast of victory for our God.
    Alleluia, alleluia.

Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain,
whose blood set us free to be people of God.  
Power, riches, wisdom and strength,
and honor, blessing, and glory are his.  Refrain

Sing with all the people of God,
and join in the hymn of all creation: 
Blessing, honor, glory, and might
be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.   Refrain

For the Lamb who was slain has begun his reign.
Alleluia.  Refrain

Let us pray.
O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

+ WORD +  

FIRST READING:  1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
Paul is helping the Corinthians understand the relationship between our God-given unity and Spirit-created diversity. The Spirit creates the unity of faith and gives all Christians diverse gifts for the common benefit of all. We need one another’s diverse spiritual gifts because the same Spirit has given them to each person for the common good.

3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says "Let Jesus be cursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit.
4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to 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. 11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
12For 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. 13For 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.

The Word of the Lord.  
Thanks be to God.

PSALM  104

When You Send Forth Your Spirit
ACS 945

Refrain — All

   When you send forth your Spirit,  we are renewed, we are renewed.
   When you send forth your Spirit,
   we are renewed, we are renewed.

Leader or All
Manifold your works, O God of might:
Maker of the earth, the air, the light.
Waters great and wide and all therein,
creatures that abide, let life begin.    Refrain

When we look to you to give us food,
you open your hand, fill us with good.
When you hide your face, we are dismayed;
when you take away our breath, we fade.    Refrain

May the glory of our God endure.
May our God be glad, be strong, be sure.
Unto you, O God, our praise we give:
we will sing your glory while we live.    Refrain

Now may evil cease upon the earth;
wickedness no more shall be of worth.
Pleasing God shall be our only goal.
Alleluia! Blest be God, my soul.    Refrain

SECOND READING:     Acts 2:1-21
Pentecost was a Jewish harvest festival that marked the fiftieth day after Passover. Luke portrays the Holy Spirit being poured out upon the disciples before the gathered and astonished people assembled in Jerusalem for the festival. Filled with the Spirit, the disciples were able to witness to the power of Christ’s resurrection.

1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs — in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" 13But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."
14But 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. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
 17'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.
 18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
 in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
 19And I will show portents in the heaven above
 and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
 20The sun shall be turned to darkness
 and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
 21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'


Halle, Halle, Hallelujah
ELW 172

Halle, halle, hallelujah,
Halle, halle, hallelujah,
Halle, halle, hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

GOSPEL:       John 7:37-39
The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, offering them a benediction, a commission, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The holy gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

37On the last day of the festival [of Booths], the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and 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.'" 39Now 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 the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.



God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind    
ELW 400

God of tempest, God of whirlwind,
as on Pentecost descend!
Drive us out from sheltered comfort;
past these walls your people send!
Sweep us into costly service,
there with Christ to bear the cross,
there with Christ to bear the cross!

God of blazing, God of burning,
all that blocks your purpose, purge!
Through your church, Christ's living Body,
let your flaming Spirit surge!
Where deceit conceals injustice,
kindle us to speak your truth,
kindle us to speak your truth!

God of earthquake, God of thunder,
shake us loose from lethargy!
Break the chains of sin asunder,
for earth's healing set us free!
Crumble walls that still divide us;
make us one in Christ our Lord,
make us one in Christ our Lord!

God of passion, God unsleeping,
stir in us love's restlessness!
Where the people cry in anguish,
may we share your heart's distress.
Rouse us from content with evil;
claim us for your kingdom's work,
claim us for your kingdom's work!


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

I believe in Jesus Christ,
   God’s only Son, our Lord,

   who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 
   born of the virgin Mary,
   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,
   he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
   and he will come to judge the living 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.


United in the hope and joy of the resurrection, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need.  

     A brief silence.  

Passionate God, you sent your Spirit through the gifts of fire, wind, and word. As you equipped the disciples for their work, equip us to bring the good news to all those who long for you. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Restoring God, wind and flame bring life and destruction throughout the world. We pray for those who work with wind energy, for migratory birds, for protection for lands facing destructive fire, for forestry managers and firefighters. Renew the face of the earth. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Ever-present God, your spirit embraces all. Send your spirit of understanding to immigrants, refugees, and any experiencing language barriers. Bless the work of translators, ESL teachers, ambassadors, and international peace organizations. Safely guide those fleeing war and danger. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Merciful God, you anoint us with your spirit. Bless nurses, doctors, midwives, chaplains, counselors, and hospice workers as they care for those in need. We pray for all who seek your comfort, particularly Arlene, Sherry, Mabel, Mike, Anna Mae, Kaden, Julie, Carol, Anne, Lydia, Paul, Wil, Betty, Bob, Jane, Scott, Ron, Flo, Doris, Dottie, Theresa, Marian, Tim, Betty, Bev, Julie, Henry, Mary, Greg, and Max.  Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Generous God, you impart a variety of gifts. Set aflame the desire to learn from one another, especially those who differ from us. Make your presence known through missionaries, peace workers, and through the outreach ministries of our synod and community (especially). Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

     Other intercessions may be offered.

Life-giving God, we give thanks for those who have died to new life in you (especially). As we observe Memorial Day, we remember those who died in military service. Comfort all who mourn, and usher in a world where war is no more. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Rejoicing in the victory of Christ’s resurrection, we lift our prayers and praise to you, almighty and eternal God; through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.


Peace of Christ be with you all.
And also with you.

  + MEAL +  

You may place your offerings in the offering plate as it is passed during the service.  Alternatively, some are using for online giving or are using their bank’s online banking option.  Whichever way you choose to give, we are grateful for your stewardship and generosity.



Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful
ELW 184

Let the vineyards be fruitful, Lord,
and fill to the brim our cup of blessing. 
Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown,
that we may be fed with the bread of life. 
Gather the hopes and dreams of all;
unite them with the prayers we offer. 
Grace our table with your presence,
and give a us a foretaste of the feast to come.

Let us pray.
Generous God, in this meal you offer your very self. We give thanks for these gifts of the earth. In the breaking of this bread reveal to us the Risen One. In the pouring of this wine pour us out in service to the world; through Christ our Lord. 



The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.


It is indeed right, our duty and our joy that we should at all times and places give thanks and praise to you almighty and merciful God of surprises, whose Spirit brooded over the waters at creation and lived among your chosen people in wilderness, exile, and promised land.  Your Spirit filled Mary’s womb at the moment of Jesus’ conception and came upon him like a dove at his baptism.

When Christ died on the cross your power raised him from the tomb on the third day, and that same evening he breathed your forgiving grace on those who had deserted him. On the day of Pentecost you sent your Spirit upon the fearful disciples, filling them with fire, with power, with wonder and joy, and making them your church.  

And so we gladly thank you, with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, singing the hymn of your unending praise.


Holy, Holy, Holy
ELW 173      

Holy, holy, holy Lord, 
Lord God of pow'r and might, 
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.  
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest.


God of comfort and strength, we look to your Holy Spirit to be with us in sorrow and in contentment, in crisis and in abiding stillness. 

Come among us now through the power of your Spirit, that we may be transformed into your image, and that these gifts of bread and wine may become for us the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ; who, at supper with his disciples, took bread, gave you thanks, broke the bread, and gave it to them, saying, “Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

After supper he took the cup.  Again he gave you thanks and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Drink this, all of you: this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Great is the mystery of faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

God of dreams and prophecy, send down upon us your gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and faith; of healing, discernment, and interpretation, that your church may be built up in the likeness of your Son.  

Let anyone who is hungry find in you the bread of life, and anyone who is thirsty find in you rivers of living water.

Speak your word to all who are alone and in fear or despair, and let each one of your children hear your voice in their own language, whether that language be art or science, work or play.

Sanctify your groaning creation, that your universe may breathe your breath and be filled with your life anew, that we may love what you love, and do what you would do, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, forever one God.

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.

The baptized children of God are invited by the Lord to the Lord’s Table where we receive Jesus’ very body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine. We commune at the head of the aisle where we receive the host. Then to Pastor’s side  is first, a chalice for intinction and second, a common cup for drinking, and a third chalice of juice. Gluten free bread is available. If you wish to commune, but cannot come forward, let an usher know and Pastor will come to you. If you do not wish to commune, you are welcome to come forward to receive a blessing. You may wish to remain at the rail for a time of personal prayer following which you may return to your pew down the side aisle.


O Christ, Lamb of God
ELW 196  

O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us.
O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us.
O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
grant us your peace.  Amen.


Spirit of Gentleness
ELW 396

    Spirit, Spirit of gentleness,        
    blow through the wilderness calling and free;        
    Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,        
    stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.

You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,        
then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;        
and over the eons you called to each thing:     
"Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings."    Refrain

You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand,        
and you goaded your people with a law and a land;        
and when they were blinded with idols and lies,   
then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes.    Refrain

You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still;        
and down in the city you called once again,     
when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind.    Refrain

You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes.        
From the bondage of sorrow all the captives dream dreams;        
our women see visions, our men clear their eyes.        
With bold new decisions your people arise.    Refrain 

And now may the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ preserve us on to life everlasting.  

Gracious God, in you we live and move and have our being. With your word and this meal of grace, you have nourished our life  together. Strengthen us to show your love and serve the world in Jesus’ name. 



Thine the Amen
ELW 826

Thine the amen thine the praise
alleluias angels raise
thine the everlasting head
thine the breaking of the bread
thine the glory thine the story
thine the harvest then the cup
thine the vineyard then the cup
is lifted up lifted up.

Thine the life eternally
thine the promise let there be
thine the vision thine the tree
all the earth on bended knee
gone the nailing gone the railing
gone the pleading gone the cry
gone the sighing gone the dying
what was loss lifted high.

Thine the truly thine the yes
thine the table we the guest
thine the mercy all from thee
thine the glory yet to be
then the ringing and the singing
then the end of all the war
thine the living thine the loving
evermore evermore.

Thine the kingdom thine the prize
thine the wonder full surprise
thine the banquet then the praise
then the justice of thy ways
thine the glory thine the story
then the welcome to the least
then the wonder all increasing
at thy feast at thy feast.

Thine the glory in the night
no more dying only light
thine the river thine the tree
then the Lamb eternally
then the holy holy holy
celebration jubilee
thine the splendor thine the brightness
only thee only thee.


Go in peace.  Follow the way of Jesus.
Thanks be to God.


Liturgical Text and Music from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, © 2006, 2020, 2022 Augsburg Fortress.  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License #SAS016761.  All rights reserved.

Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading, Text: Wilson Niwagila; tr. Howard S. Olson, b. 1922, Music: Wilson Niwagila, arr. Egil Hovland, b. 1924.  Text and music © Lutheran Theological College, Makumira, Tanzania, admin. Augsburg Fortress.. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved. .

When You Send Forth Your Spirit, Text and music: Ray Makeever, b. 1943.  Text and music © 1987 Ray Makeever, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

Halle, Halle, Hallelujah, Music: Carribean traditional ; arr. Mark Sedio, b. 1954.  Arr. ©  1995 Augsburg Fortress. Music reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274<.   All rights reserved.

God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind , Text: Herman G. Stuempfle Jr., 1923-2007, Text © 2000 GIA Publications, Inc.,  Text reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved..Music: John Hughes, 1873-1932.. Public domain.

Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful,  Music: Ronald A. Nelson, b. 1927.  Text and music © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress.  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

O Christ, Lamb of God,  Music: J. Bugenhagen, Christliche Ordnung, 1528.  Public domain.

Spirit of Gentleness, Text and music: James K. Manley, b. 1940, Text and music © 1978 James K. Manley, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved. 

Thine the Amen, Text: Herbert F. Brokering, 1926-2009, Music: Carl Schalk, 1929-2021. Text and music © 1983 Augsburg Publishing House, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.