The Spirit on the Loose – May 31, 2020

The Spirit on the Loose – May 31, 2020

Paxtonville United Methodist Church

Encounter | Understand | Practice

May 31, 2020

NOTE: This special program is meant to help guide you through PUMC’s online worship experience on 05-31-2020. If worshiping with others, take the time to talk, discuss, pray, sing, and interact as a “church without walls.” Here is the link where the video will be posted at 10:30AM: www.facebook.com/PaxtonvilleUMC

10:30am Worship Service on Facebook and Website

Welcome & Discipleship Announcements with Pastor Ryan

Opening Praise Song…………………………………………………………………………….“Holy Spirit”

Opening Prayer

Leader: I’m going to ask, if you’d like to, if you’ll join me in the following opening prayer that you can find in today’s program. Today is Pentecost, sometimes called the Birthday of the Church. In the yearly church calendar, this is a day to remember when the disciples were together in Jerusalem and received the gift of the Holy Spirit from Heaven. Let’s rely on that very gift in these moments as we pray together.

Together: God of fire and power, who raised Jesus from the dead, and who gave the Holy Spirit to his followers, we pray that your winds catch us today. On that first Pentecost, the disciples were also alone, locked in a room, separated from the world. Yet, Lord, you used their isolation for good. You spoke messages of peace, hope, and freedom; these messages were shared into Jerusalem and beyond. So, for us, Lord Jesus, we pray you keep showing up in our isolation and distance, keep speaking words of freedom and hope. May our faith grow stronger, even in adversity. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, amen. 

Time for Personal Prayer

Leader: When the Holy Spirit surprised them, the disciples were praying together. And so, we will continue our attitude of prayer together. While we do that, we trust that God is weaving all of our separate prayers together. We invite you to pause with us and spend some time in personal prayer with God, or to pray in your group at home.

 If you have a prayer request, you can leave it in the comment section of this video. And, in a few minutes we will begin the Lord’s Prayer, and you will be invited to repeat the Lord’s Prayer with me. Please join me in a time of reflection and prayer.

Together: 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen

Scripture Lessons ………………………………………………………….Numbers 11:24-30; Acts 2:1-21

Sermon …………………………………………………………………….. Pentecost – The Spirit on the Loose

Worshipping Through Giving 

Leader: Hebrews 13:20-21 says “May the God of peace…equip you with everything good for doing His will.” We have been distant for so long, but I am confident that God has been working in us and equipping us in the meantime. There are still ways to serve God and love our neighbors if we are willing to look and get “out of the box.”

For those who are able, we invite you to continue regular gifts and offering to the church. These can be mailed, hand-delivered during office hours, or you can even use our new online giving system. We are grateful and humbled for these continuous gifts.

For many weeks, you may know that we had a COVID-19 supply closet. Please note that the items in this supply closet are now gone; they have been distributed to many families in need. At this time, we are not taking any more items. We are, however, setting aside supermarket gift cards to offer to persons and families who are in need. Any church donations given to the “supply closet” or “COVID relief” will be used to get these at IGA or other places, and will then be distributed as needed and requested. If you or someone you know is in need, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Closing Hymn #539……………………………………………. “O Spirit of the Living God”  

*Parting Blessing from Pastor Ryan