Sunday, May 23, 2021 – Pentecost

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Love is the force that moves the universe.



Welcome Slide Music                         “Come Just As You Are” – CLC Praise Band   


Prelude:                               “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” – arranged by Diane Bish

Welcome                     No matter who you are or where you are on your journey,        you are welcome here!


We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence



Gathering Song:                                   “The Prayer” – led by Enid Rank 


First Reading: Acts 2:1-21

Originally Pentecost was a Jewish thanksgiving-type festival celebrated seven weeks after Passover. On this particular Pentecost, however, the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the entire community of believers just as Jesus had promised and the scriptures had prophesied. Empowered by the Spirit, the entire community bears witness to God’s activity in multiple languages.

1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] 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.’ ”

                                            “Listen” – led by Kathie Jones and Steve Wysocki

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Hebrew word rendered as ruach means “spirit,” “wind,” or “breath.” This reading plays on the different meanings of the word. Just as the dry bones in Ezekiel’s vision are given new life, flesh, and breath (or spirit), so God will give the exiles God’s own spirit and will bring them home to the land of Israel.

1The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
7So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” 10I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
11Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ 12Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.”                                     

Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.


Message Song                                       “Eagle’s Wings” – led by CLC Praise Band

                                      “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying” – led by Enid Rank

Prayers                                                                          Carolyn Raudenbush

Alive in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring our prayers before God, who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love.  We begin with our silent personal prayers.

A brief silence.

Gracious God, you give the Holy Spirit to your church, filling it with many and varied gifts. In our own congregation and in the church throughout the world, strengthen our visioning and dreaming. We want to discover anew the Spirit’s creative work and bring it to fruition.

God’s spirit lives within and through us.

God of life, your mighty works are too numerous to count. The earth is full of your creatures, living things both great and small. Send your fresh Spirit over the face of the earth, and we will work to protect all of your creation.

God’s spirit lives within and through us.

God of the nations, at the sound of the rushing wind, people speaking different languages proclaimed and heard together your deeds of power. Fill the leaders of nations with your Holy Spirit, so that they exercise your gracious will in the lives of their people and all people throughout the world.

God’s spirit lives within and through us.

God of faithfulness, you tend to the needs of your people, even the sighs of our hearts. Hear those who cry out to you in distress. Restore to wholeness all who are in any need this day, especially for Mary Ann and Ester, Timmy Henn, Jr., Andrea & Jerry, Hugh, Linda and Leo, Mel, Kristen, Tim M., Dawn, Joe, Debbie, Kyle, John, Pat & Al, Maryse, Paige, Teri, Claudia, Glenn Mayer, Carl Laub, Dianne Diehl, Arianna, Beverly, Will Hasselbusch, Lois H. and Be Linney.

Sam Losagio on hospice care

and those we name in our hearts.

God’s spirit lives within and through us.

God of love, the hearts of the members of this congregation are filled with gratitude for the gifts we have received from you. Renew our ministries, heal any divisions that may arise, and open us to the needs of our neighbors. We want to do your work and share your love.

God’s spirit lives within and through us.

God of hope, those who have died in you raise their eternal song of praise. We give you thanks for the many gifts of your people and rejoice in the witness of those who have gone before us.

God’s spirit lives within and through us.

In the hope of new life in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

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.                                                                     

Closing Hymn                                      “The Blessing” – led by Enid Rank                                            


Dismissal:    Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.