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Sunday May 31, 2020 | Pentecost
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TODAY'S FOCUS

I will pour out my Spirit. God’s Old Testament people celebrated the gathering of the harvest at the Festival of Weeks. On the fiftieth day, God sent the promised Counselor on the day we call “Pentecost” (Greek for “fifty” from the LXX in Lev 23:15: ἀριθμήσετε πεντήκοντα ἡμέρας). This day marked the birthday of the New Testament Church and celebrates the harvest of souls won by the Son and gathered by his servants empowered by his Spirit. Pentecost is the third great festival of the Church and has been commemorated since at least 217 A.D. The Church dresses in red to remind us of the tongues of fire that marked the Spirit’s gift and the blood of the martyrs which was the seed of the Church. This day culminates the Season of Easter when our risen Lord now empowers his people to be witnesses of the resurrection for the world.

SERVING IN WORSHIP

Preacher: Pastor Ben Schone
Piano/Organ: Sarah Roth
Elder on Duty: Peter Mgema (8:00), Jason Edmonds (10:30)
Usher Team Lead: Josh Roberts (8:00), Randy McSwain (10:30)

OPENING HYMN: Blessed Jesus at Your Word | CW 221

1  Blessed Jesus, at your Word We are gathered all to hear you.
Let our hearts and souls be stirred Now to seek and love and fear you,
By your teachings, sweet and holy, Drawn from earth to love you solely.

2  All our knowledge, sense, and sight Lie in deepest darkness shrouded
Till your Spirit breaks our night With the beams of truth unclouded.
You alone to God can win us; You must work all good within us.

3  Gracious Savior, good and kind, Light from Light, from God proceeding,
Open now our heart and mind; Help us by your Spirit’s pleading.
Hear the cry your people raises; Hear and bless our prayers and praises.

4  Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Praise to you and adoration!
Grant that we your Word may trust, Confident of our salvation,
While we here below must wander, Till we sing your praises yonder.

INVOCATION

P:      In response to love beyond reason,
C:      We come to worship God, our Creator.
P:      In response to love that would go to a cross and die for us,
C:      We come to worship Jesus, our Savior.
P:      In response to love that fills us and gives us power for today and every day,
C:      We come to worship the Holy Spirit, the life-giving presence of God inside us.
P:      For thoughts that have wandered and led us dangerously close to things that would destroy us;
C:      Forgive the sin of our thoughts and lead us to health and healing.
P:      For careless words that have hurt others or profaned your name,
C:      Forgive the sin of our lips, and lead us to health and healing.
P:      For actions that have betrayed you and stepped on others in pursuit of our own agendas,
C:      Forgive the sin of our deeds, and lead us to health and healing.
P:      We separate ourselves from God by what we think, say, and do.  Today there is good news for all of us.  God gives us the free gift of love and grace to bridge the gap between us.  God’s love is most evident in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are made new people as we trust God for all that is necessary for our life. The sin of our thoughts, words, and actions has been forgiven-for now, and for all eternity. Praise God for forgiveness!

SONG OF PRAISE: Blest Be the God of Israel | CW 275

1  Blest be the God of Israel, Who comes to set us free;
He visits and redeems us; He grants us liberty.
The prophets spoke of mercy, Of freedom and release;
God shall fulfill his promise And bring his people peace.

2  He from the house of David A child of grace has giv’n;
A Savior comes among us To raise us up to heav’n.
Before him goes his herald, Forerunner in the way,
The prophet of salvation, The harbinger of day.

3  On prisoners of darkness The sun begins to rise,
The dawning of forgiveness Upon the sinner’s eyes.
He guides the feet of pilgrims Along the paths of peace.
Oh, bless our God and Savior With songs that never cease!

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M:     The Lord be with you.
C:      And also with you.
M:     Let us pray.
Holy Spirit, God and Lord, come to us this joyful day with your sevenfold gift of grace. Rekindle in our hearts the holy fire of your love that in a true and living faith we may tell abroad the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, one God, now and forever.
C:     Amen.

FIRST LESSON: Joel 2:28-29

28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

SECOND LESSON: Acts 2:1-21

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

HYMN OF THE DAY: Come, Oh, Come, Life-Giving Spirit | CW 181

1  Come, oh, come, life-giving Spirit, God from all eternity!
May your power never fail us; Dwell within us constantly.
Then shall truth and life and light Banish all the gloom of night.

2  Show us, Lord, the path of blessing; When we trespass on our way,
Cast, O Lord, our sins behind you And be with us day by day.
Should we stray, O Lord, recall; Work repentance when we fall.

3  With our spirit, Lord, bear witness That we are the saints of God
Who rely upon him solely When we’re chastened by the rod;
For we know, as children should, That the cross is for our good.

4  Prompt us, Lord, to come before him With a childlike heart to pray;
Sigh for us, O Holy Spirit, When we know not what to say.
Then our prayer is not in vain, And our faith new strength shall gain.

5  Grant our hearts in fullest measure Wisdom, counsel, purity,
That we always strive to please you, Working for you willingly.
Let the gospel spread and grow, Bringing Satan’s overthrow.

SERMON: John 16:5-11

but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

What does the Holy Spirit Do?
1. He Comforts
2. He Convinces

APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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 into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

OFFERING

Giving an offering is an act of worship, when we give back to the one who gave us eternal life. At this time we encourage you to make use of our Online Giving. You can find that at www.abidingwordtx.org/support. We will take a few minutes to pray.  Please use this time to pray with your family, or comment below or message us directly with prayer requests to pray in our service.

SERMON HYMN: O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace | CW 185

1  O Holy Spirit, grant us grace
That we our Lord and Savior
In faith and fervent love embrace
And truly serve him ever,
So that when death is near at hand
We at his cross may firmly stand
And there find our salvation.

2  Help us that we your saving Word
In faithful hearts may treasure;
Let e’er that bread of life afford
New grace in richest measure.
Make us to die to ev’ry sin;
Each day create us new within
That fruits of faith may flourish.

3  Then when our earthly race is run,
Death’s bitter hour impending,
May your good work in us begun
Continue till life’s ending,
Until we gladly may commend
Our souls into our Savior’s hand
To rest in peace eternal.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

LORD’S PRAYER
Matthew 6:9-13
C:      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 the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

BLESSING
P:      Brothers and sisters, go in peace.  Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look on you with favor and ☩ give you peace.
C:      Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: I Love to Tell the Story | CW 562

1  Christ high-ascended, now in glory seated,
Throned and exalted, victory completed,
Death’s dread dominion finally defeated—We are his witnesses.

2  Christ, from the Father ev’ry pow’r possessing,
Who on his chosen lifted hands in blessing,
Sends forth his servants, still in faith confessing—We are his witnesses.

3  Christ, who in dying won for us salvation,
Lives now the firstborn of the new creation;
To win disciples out of ev’ry nation, We are his witnesses.

4  Christ in his splendor, all dominion gaining,
Christ with his people evermore remaining,
Christ to all ages, gloriously reigning—We are his witnesses.

5  As at his parting, joy shall banish grieving,
Faith in his presence strengthen our believing;
Filled with his Spirit, love and pow’r receiving, We are his witnesses.

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