Scripture, Call to Worship & Lectionary

May 20, 2018 10:15 a.m. Worship Service
PENTECOST
Scripture:  Acts 2:1-4, 12-17, 21
The message will be delivered by Rev. Dr. Richard A. Wing
Sermon:  THE DAY THE CHURCH CAUGHT FIRE

 Weekly Lectionary Readings: Year C


 Call to Worship May 20, 2018                  

Leader: God’s spirit opens minds and hearts to make the commonplace exceptional.         

People: We want to see, hear, and feel what the Holy Spirit has in store for us.

Leader: Listen for the wind and feel the flames; be alert for God’s surprises.

People: Come, Holy Spirit, to make all things new; light the flame of love in our lives.

Leader: Friends, you are chosen by Christ; you are those Christ calls friends, and asks to share in the work of peace.

All: Let us give praise to our Creator God!


 

Scripture May 20, 2018

Acts 2:1-4, 12-17, 21 (NRSV)

When the day of Pentecost had come, they 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.

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.

21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

 Acts 2:1-4, 12-17, 21 (MSG)

1-4 When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

 Their heads were spinning; they couldn’t make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: “What’s going on here?”

13 Others joked, “They’re drunk on cheap wine.”

14-17 That’s when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: “Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight. These people aren’t drunk as some of you suspect. They haven’t had time to get drunk—it’s only nine o’clock in the morning. This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen:

And whoever calls out for help    to me, God, will be saved.”

 
Scripture Snippets:

Exodus 33:12-24 Moses said to the LORD, “See you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’/ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me.

Psalm 99 The LORD is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.

Philippians 4:6-7 (MGS) 6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Luke 12:48b (NRSV) From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Luke 12:48b (NRSV) From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Matthew 5:48 (NRSV)
48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect..