(Please take this time
during the prelude to quiet your hearts before God
anticipate the movement of the Holy Spirit.)
*Call to Worship
On this day, may Grace’s breath
shatter the shutters of our hearts.
On this day, may we step out of our fears
to welcome the new life gifted to us.
the midst of our sisters and brothers, may our
frozen souls be enflamed by justice’s Spirit.
we catch a glimpse of the dreams of those around us,
as we listen to the voices of the oppressed in every
days to come, may we speak
God’s love and the Spirit’s peace for all.
So that people will find a community awaiting them,
those rejected by everyone else.
*Hymn of Praise
On Pentecost Day long ago, your great Spirit came upon the saints
in Jerusalem. May your Spirit come upon us and this
community of faith here this day. We welcome the flame and
light of your Spirit here in this place today. Renew us with
an energized faith and affirm us as your people here to
worship and celebrate with strength, courage and hope in
WE TALK TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER
Praises, Joys and
Hymn of Preparation
Pastoral Prayer and
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,
power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS
Offerings, Tithes and Gifts to the
Doxology and Prayer of
“Doxology” UMH #95
CELEBRATING THE WORD
Blessing of Campers
New Testament Reading
Together” TFWS #2226
The shutters of our
hearts have been flung open
by the fresh
breath of God!
We will go to
offer God’s love to everyone around us.
Our souls have been set on fire by the justice of the
Brother of the poor.
We will go to share visions of hope,
to listen to
the dreams of the oppressed.
Our loneliness and fears have been set aside
by the Spirit of
inclusion creating community.
We will speak words of peace to all we meet,
we will open
ourselves to the gifts of others.
Affirmation of Faith Covenant
and Reception into
Pastor: Brothers and
sisters in Christ:
the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ's holy
Church. We are incorporated into God's mighty acts of
salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit.
All this is God's gift, offered to us without price.
the reaffirmation of our faith, we renew the covenant
declared at our baptism, acknowledge what God is doing for
us, and affirm our commitment to Christ's holy Church.
I present those seeking
church membership, Merrilee Sharie and Dianne Williard,
through reaffirmation of faith and Helen Hedderick, through
letter of transfer from Glenwood United Methodist Church.
Renunciation of Sin and Reaffirmation of Faith
Pastor: (to Merrilee and Dianne) Since the earliest
times, the vows of Christian baptism have consisted first of
the renunciation of all that is evil and then the profession
of faith and loyalty to Christ.
behalf of the whole Church, I ask you:
Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness,
reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your
Pastor: Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to
resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms
they present themselves?
Pastor: Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole
trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord,
in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people
of all ages, nations, and races?
Pastor: According to the grace given to you, will you
remain faithful members of Christ's holy Church and
serve as Christ's representatives in the world?
Pastor: (to congregation) Do you, as Christ's body,
the Church, reaffirm both your rejection of sin
and your commitment to Christ?
Pastor: Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith
and life and include these persons now before you in
Congregation: With God's
help we will proclaim the good news and live according to
the example of Christ.
will surround Merrilee and Dianne with a community of love
and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God,
and be found faithful in their service to others.
will pray for them, that they may be true disciples who walk
in the way that leads to life.
Pastor: Let us join together in professing the Christian
faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and
believe in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven
Pastor: Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy
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,
is seated at the right hand of the
and will come
again to judge the living and the
Pastor: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?
All: 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.
Reception into the United Methodist Church
Pastor: As members of Christ's universal Church, will you be loyal
to Christ through The United Methodist Church, and do all in
your power to strengthen its ministries?
Reception into Membership of
Henderson United Methodist Church
Pastor: (to Merrilee, Dianne and Helen) As members of this
congregation, will you faithfully participate in its
ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your
service and your witness?
COMMENDATION AND WELCOME
Pastor: Members of the household of God, I commend Merrilee, Dianne
and Helen to your love and care. Do all in your power to
increase their faith, confirm their hope, and perfect them
Merrilee, Dianne and
Helen, the God of all grace, who has called us to eternal
glory in Christ, establish you and strengthen you by the
power of the Holy Spirit, that you may live in grace and
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Call to Reconciliation
Pastor: When our
lives remain hidden, when are hearts are shuttered, when our
souls are fill with fear because of all we have done and
said, God comes, breathing new life, blowing away our
failings, restoring us to new hope. Please join me, as we
pray together, saying,
Unison Prayer for Forgiveness
Spirit of Pentecost, would that all would tell of your
wonders in our lives, your overflowing grace – but we are
too busy complaining of someone’s social media post. Would
that we might share the Spirit which has transformed our
lives, but we bottle it up, hoping to sell it on the
internet. Would that we might let go of all the envy we
have about others, but we let erode our souls day by day.
Forgive us and pour your mercy into the closed rooms of our
hearts. Breathe your peace upon us, that we might be
healers of brokenness. Breathe your hope upon us, that we
might open ourselves to the lonely. Breath your love into
us, that we might be as generous and welcoming as Jesus
Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Silence is kept
Assurance of Pardon
Pastor: Listen! This
is the good news spoken long ago, yet brought fresh to us by
the Holy Spirit. God forgives us and fills us with all
Thanks be to God! God
gives us new hope, new joy, new life – this day and in all
the days to come. Amen.
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
Pastor: May the
Spirit of Pentecost touch you this day.
And touch you,
May the fresh breeze of
love fill your hearts.
We open them
to the Spirit who would overflow from our hearts.
May the words of Pentecost offer you new songs.
We will sing
praise and thanksgiving to our God.
Wow! What you do, God
of imagination and wonder!
You breathe your
Spirit into chaos,
shaping all that
you speak your
Word into silence, and
rivers flow down
inhabit the grasslands,
butterflies dance with flowers,
blue whales leap
out of the oceans.
Like them, you would
feed those created
in your image
with goodness and grace, but we run off with temptation,
in death’s upper room.
glory is eternal,
you continued to
send women and men
to tell your
words of forgiveness and welcome,
yet we continued
to huddle in fear
with sin and its
So you sent Jesus to us,
to breathe your
peace upon us
and to bring us
back to you.
With those who continue
to live in fear
with those who
share the Spirit with others,
we will sing your
praise forever and ever:
holy are you, Shattering Spirit.
All creation will
sing until it has no more breath.
Hosanna in the
Blessed is the One
who stands in our midst speaking peace.
Hosanna in the
Pastor: Like your
glory, may your holiness be eternal,
God of wind and
and may your Child,
Jesus, bless us
with words of
wonder and joy.
Though we would
close our hearts,
he comes to open
them with love;
though we would
shutter our souls,
he comes to throw
them wide open
with laughter and
though we would remain
hidden away in death’s cold upper room,
he enters to take
its power over us away, so the bright flames
resurrection might dance
over our lives
bringing us hope.
As we would open our
hearts to the Spirit,
as we would
welcome the peace and power,
we tell of that
faith grounded in Pentecost’s mystery:
People: Drawing his
last breath, Christ died for us;
sudden breath of the resurrection,
return, to breathe the Spirit into us forever.
Here in this place, with
people gathered in this space,
may you pour the
Spirit of Pentecost
upon the simple
gifts of the bread and the cup. With the brokenness of the
we pray hope might dance
upon our souls
so we will rush
out like a mighty wind
to bring healing
to our shattered world.
Drinking from the
cup of grace,
we pray it flow
to become a fountain
to parched people
And when that day comes
when we no longer
to huddle under the
covers of fear,
you will gather
us around the Table
with our sisters
of every time, of
Spirit upon us,
telling us the
Word of grace and hope,
as we sing our
thanks forever and ever,
God in Community,
Holy in One. Amen.