And in the Power of the Holy Spirit... The Outsiders Join Us
This service begins with a quick, confident act of recognition of all persons who have started a connection with the congregation or its ministries during the past year. Last week focused primarily on outreach ministries to people who are different from the dominant culture and socio-economic location of people in your congregation. This week focuses on people who are finding a home among you recently primarily in worship, Christian formation ministries, and other ministries of the church.
- Acts 10:44-48
- Psalm 98 (UMH 818)
- 1 John 5:1-6
- John 15:9-17
And in the Power of the Holy Spirit... Leaders Are Raised Up
The good news of this story is that the Lord knows the hearts of God’s people. Ministry requires many different kinds of leadership, and God prepares many different kinds of people to lead.
- Ascension Sunday
- Acts 1:1-11
- Psalm 47 or Psalm 93
- Ephesians 1:15-23 (more...)
And in the Power of the Holy Spirit... Proclaim Jubilee!
Pentecost is about the moment the church was born. It is about what the church of Jesus Christ is supposed to be. It is about the Holy Spirit bringing people together as one in spite of their differences: different cultures, different languages, different traditions, different beliefs, different interpretations, different theologies. Pentecost is about being unified in words, and in a salvation that is for all people. And so we come to the end of the series, and the end of the season of Easter with the celebration of the church’s beginning, we go forth rejoicing with great hope, proclaiming salvation for all people!
- Acts 2:1-21
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (UMH 826)
- Romans 8:22-27
- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Life in the Trinity : Prologue to Post-Pentecost
Today we make the transition from seasons of preparation for discipleship and mission (Lent and Easter) to an extended season of living out our discipleship on God’s mission in Christ’s name and the Spirit’s power.
- Isaiah 6:1-8
- Psalm 29 (UMH 761)
- Romans 8:12-17
- John 3:1-17
Today’s service is in the form of morning prayer, which lay at the basis of the early Methodist preaching services common when the travelling elder was not in town (eleven weekends out of twelve for many early American Methodist Episcopal churches). We use our current form for Morning Prayer (see UMH 876-877) as the basic outline for this service order.
- 1 Samuel 3:1-20
- Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (UMH 854)
- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12
- Mark 2:23-3:6
What we have the power to do in our season of “Why?” is exactly what Samuel and God did. We can pray, processing what we’re seeing before the face of the Almighty. We can hear God’s word for us in the face of our “Why?”. We can hear God reminding us of our role, and God’s, in the midst of our situations. And maybe we can sense God reminding us that God still has good work for us to do...
- 1 Samuel 8:4-20 (11:14-15)
- Psalm 138 (UMH 853)
- 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
- Mark 3:20-35