Worship – May 31st – Pentecost

How to use this resource:
Set aside intentional time to read the words below, watch the videos, listen to the music, and be in prayer. Gather together everyone in your house for this time. Treat the time and space as sacred: shut of electronics, silence the cell phones, and minimize distractions.

As you move through the service, share the leadership! If you have kids or youth in your household, invite them to do a piece or two of the service.

For our Pentecost service, you will need a few items:
A bowl of water, a musical instrument, a plant or bowl or dirt/soil, and a candle
Bread and wine/grape juice for communion (if you are participating)

The kids’ bulletin, which is based upon the Acts reading, can be found here for this week!

Message – Pastor Adam

Scripture Readings – Acts 2:1-8, (9-21)
For our worship this week, we celebrate the many languages in which the story of God’s people is told. Below is the reading from the book of Acts for Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21). It is read in it’s entirety in English first. Then, first section of it is retold to us in French, Navajo, German, and Italian. Take a moment to listen to the beauty of God’s Word in all of these languages and give thanks that God’s Spirit is not bound to one place and language, but to a holy and universal tribe!

Thank you to our multi-lingual readers, Mike Scott, Nathalie and Mathias Hecht, and Sarah Hendricks

English – Acts 2:1-21
Read by Mike Scott

French – Acts 2:1-8
Read by Nathalie Hecht

Navajo – Acts 2:1-8
Read by Sarah Hendricks

German – Acts 2:1-8
Read by Mathias Hecht

Italian – Acts 2:1-8
Read by Nathalie Hecht

Centering Song – Spirit of Gentleness
Lyrics can be found here.
Played by Donna Natseway

Litany for Pentecost (the Holy Spirit in Creation)
For these readings, you will need to gather a few items from your house. These are meant to be tangible items to remind you of the many ways God’s Spirit is present to us in Creation. So, gather a bowl of water, a musical instrument (any one will do, even a bell!), a plant or bowl of soil/dirt, and a candle).

First Reading (All gathered pour or touch water):
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form and void,
and darkness was upon the face of the deep;
and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1: 1-2)
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, upon many waters.
 (Psalm 29: 3)

Second Reading (All or one of those gathered play an instrument):
The wind blows where it chooses,
and you hear the sound of it,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.
So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. (John 3:8)
The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
and strips the forest bare;
and in God’s temple all cry, “Glory!”
 (Psalm 29:9)

Third Reading (All gathered touch a plant or soil/dirt):
When you send forth your Spirit all living things are created;
and you renew the face of the earth. (from Psalm 104:30)
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world and those who live in it.
 (Psalm 24:1)

Fourth Reading (One or all gathered light a candle):
I baptize with you water;
but one more powerful than I is coming
who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (from Luke 3:16)
The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
 (Psalm 29:7-8)

Holy Spirit, Advocate, Teacher:
You are present in us
and in all of creation.
You speak to us of our Lord,
and show us the depth of his love.
Bring us into unity with all of our brothers and sisters in Christ
and show us how to work as God’s church
diverse and unified
through the gift and miracle of grace,

Song Before Communion – They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love
Lyrics are in the video.
Performed by the SOTH Worship Team

Service of Communion – Pentecost
This order of service can also be found at the following link so that it may be printed and followed during our live-stream:
Downloadable Service of Communion for Pentecost

Thank you to all who tuned into our live stream of communion! The internet was hesitant, but the Spirit was not!

Confession and Forgiveness
We do not stop enough to listen to our God. 
And like the many who gathered in Jerusalem long ago,
we often misunderstand the Spirit’s movement among us. 
In the silence and stillness of this moment,
let us draw near and listen to God.

[Silence for Reflection]

Let us confess together:
We confess to you, Renewing Spirit,
that we confuse unity with uniformity,
and diversity with divisiveness.

We speak and behave as if being a part of your family
means changing others to our way of living. 
We deny and destroy the beauty you created in each person. 

We long to change these patterns, O Creator,
Teach us to value many different voices. 
Help us to see strength in difference. 
And guide us to build your kingdom in creativity and love. 

[Silence for Reflection]

Hear the good news! 
God’s Spirit has been poured out upon all flesh,
and we have been made one. 
We are no longer scattered or divided,
but gathered together to build up the kingdom on this earth. 
Thanks be to God!

Words of Institution – Spoken by Pastor Adam

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.

Sharing the Meal

Blessing after the Meal
So now we leave this shared time of worship
And while so much of the road ahead is uncertain,
the path constantly changing,
we know some things that are as solid and sure
as the ground beneath our feet,
and the sky above our heads.

We know God is love.
We know Christ’s light endures.

We know the Holy Spirit is there,
found in the space between all things,
closer to us than our next breath,
binding us to each other,
until we meet we again,

Closing Song – Come As You Are
Lyrics are in the video
Performed by the SOTH Worship Team

Offering and Giving
Shepherd of the Hills will continue to provide worship, support and outreach as the COVID-19 situation progresses. Of course, your giving helps support these efforts. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries. There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.
Thank for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.

Litany for Pentecost written by John Paarlberg, pastor of First Church in Albany, New York
Confession and Forgiveness written by Rev. Mary Nelson Abbott.
Blessing after the Meal written by Rev. Nora Vedress