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Pentecost Ideas

Pentecost Service

Welcome: give a short background of the scripture story of Pentecost and the Jewish Feast, Pentecost

Hymn: “On Pentecost They Gathered”  CCS 483

Proclamation of Love:  Doctrine and Covenants 163:10

Collectively and individually you are loved with an everlasting love that delights in each faithful step taken.  God years to draw you close so that wounds may be healed, emptiness filled, and hope strengthened.  Do not turn away in pride, fear, or guilt from the One who seeks only the best for you and your loved ones.  Come before your Eternal Creator with open minds and hearts and discover the blessings of the gospel anew.  Be vulnerable to divine grace.

Hymn of the Spirit: “O Holy Dove of God Descending  CCS 44 (stanza 1)

Pentecost Scripture: Acts 2:1-2

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Hymn of the Wind: “O Holy Wind of God Now Blowing”  CCS 44 (stanza 2)

Pentecost Scripture: Acts 2:3-4

Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Hymn of Flame: “O Holy Flame of God Now Burning”  CCS 44 (stanza 4)

Pentecost Scripture: Acts 2:5-8

And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.  And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.  Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?”

We Invite the Holy Spirit

Hymn: “Come, Holy Spirit, Come  CCS 154 (sing three times)

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  James 1:5

Choir/Ensemble/or solo  “Spirit Fill Us  CCS 160
Choir sings the first time, both verses, and then the congregation sings both verses.

I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know these things, by the power of the Holy Spirit, which is the gift of God to all those who diligently seek him…for his is the same yesterday, today and forever.  I Nephi 3:26-27

Hymn: “Kum by yah     

Kum ba yah, My Lord
Come by here, my Lord
Someone’s Singing Lord, Kum by yah

Choir/Ensemble sings the harmonic background part on CCS 75

Disciples Generous Response:  “Kanisa Litajengwa”  CCS 338 or Audio Files-vocal

Receive the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Peace

Scripture: John 20:19-22

When it was evening on that day the first week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  And after he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.

Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “receive the Holy Spirit.”

Be Still and Know that I am God-a time for meditation while the Hymn “Be Still”  CCS 156 Audio Files-Vocal is played

Read “My Peace”  CCS 149 (read 3 times each by a different voice)

Choir/Ensemble/Trio: “Clothe Us in Your Spirit  CCS 584
Choir sings both verses, and then the congregation sings both verses

Spirit of God

Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 10:6-7

Verily, verily I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy, and then shall ye know, or by this shall you know, all things what so ever you desire of me, which is pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive. 

Hymn: “Touch Me, Lord, With Thy Spirit Eternal”  CCS 574

Choir/Ensemble: “God Is Calling”  CCS 172/congregation joins on the third verse

Hymn: “When Holy Ghost Shall Come in Power”  CCS 628

Ask the Father in my name, in faith believing that you shall receive, and you shall have the Holy Spirit which manifest all things, which is expedient unto the children of men.  D&C 16:4c

Hymn: “The Spirit of God like a Fire is Burning”  CCS 384

Closing Prayer

Sending Out

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

Hymn Festival

Pentecost/Endowment Day

Prelude

Welcome and Sharing

Call to Worship: Psalm 104:33

Hymn of Praise: "Wind Who Makes All Winds That Blow”  CCS 485
OR “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”  CCS 101

Invocation

Response: "I Will Sing, I Will Sing”  CCS 112 (stanza 1 and refrain)

CONFESSION

Confession for Today: Doctrine and Covenants 163:4a

Hymn: "Let Your Heart Be Broken"  CCS 353 (stanza 1)

Confession for Today: Doctrine and Covenants 163:4b

Hymn: "God of Creation"  CCS 147 (stanza 1 and refrain)

Confession for Today: Doctrine and Covenants 163:4c

Hymn: "Creator of Sunrises"  CCS 207 (stanza 2)

Silent Prayers Asking for Forgiveness

Hymn: "Peace, Salaam, Shalom”  CCS 310
Light a peace candle during the first stanza

Prayer for Peace

Disciples' Generous Response

Generosity for Today: Doctrine and Covenants 163:9

Blessing and Offering of Mission Tithes

Offertory Hymn: "Put Peace into Each Other's Hands"  CCS 309 (stanzas 4 and 5)

PROCLAMATION

Proclamation of Love: Doctrine and Covenants 163:10

Hymn of the Spirit: "O Holy Dove of God Descending"  CCS 44 (stanza 1)

Pentecost Scripture: Acts 2:1-2

Hymn of the Wind: "O Holy Wind of God Now Blowing"  CCS 44 (stanza 2)

Pentecost Scripture: Acts 2:3-4

Hymn of the Flame: "O Holy Flame of God Now Burning"  CCS 44 (stanza 4)

Holy Cacophony:     "Holy"     "Santo"     "Heilig"     "Saint"

This activity creates a type of "holy" noise, using four different languages. The congregation experiences something like the amazing early church cacophony of many languages being spoken at once. Divide the congregation into four groups and assign each group one of the words for "Holy," listed above. At the leader's direction each group repeats their assigned word over and over, getting louder and louder. The leader motions for each group to join the activity, building the cacophony. Lead these groups as though they were a choir, motioning to increase the sound and eventually decreasing the volume to end.

Pentecost Scripture: Acts 2:12-16

Congregational Sung Proclamation: O Holy Dove of God Descending"   CCS 44 (stanza 1)

Congregational Unison Reading of the Prophet Joel: Acts 2:17, 21

'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.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved.'

Demonstration

Materials for the demonstration: a large clear glass bowl, a small clear glass vase, and a clear glass pitcher full of water. The vase is placed inside the bowl. Begin the demonstration by slowly pouring the water from the pitcher into the vase. As the water overflows the vase into the bowl, quote verse 17 of the Acts scripture ("I will pour out my spirit on all flesh"). Continue slowly pouring water into the vase, allowing it to overflow into the bowl until the pitcher is empty. For a more vibrant visual effect, dye the water blue.

COMMITMENT

Challenge and Testimony of the Holy Spirit

Connect the early church Pentecost experience with a personal testimony of the Holy Spirit. How might the early church experience inform our commitment?

Hymn of the Spirit: "The Spirit of God like a Fire is Burning”  CCS 384

Prayer for the Spirit's Blessing

Postlude

Light and Spirit

Worshipers are given lighted candles as they arrive at the back of the sanctuary, along with a slip of paper with the following instructions:

Silently proceed down the central aisle to the rostrum. After offering a silent prayer for peace, please place your candle on the table among the others, and find a seat.

Chimes (or slow ringing of a bell or gong)

Procession

Minister(s) proceed down the aisle with lighted candles and turn to face the congregation before the table, still holding candles. The following reading may be read by one minister or split into two or three sections to be shared among several ministers.

Call to Worship: Based on John 1:1–5

May you have grace and peace from Jesus Christ,
who was and is, and is to come.
We gather in the midst of God’s Spirit
to honor and glorify God with our worship.
Out of the waiting silence,
Hear the word of God:
In the beginning was the Word and the Light of Revelation,
and the Light was with God and the Light was God.
The Light was in Christ Jesus who came among us,
Who gave us new life,
And the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

Minister(s) place candles on the table and face congregation.

Prayers of Confession:

We invite you to silently add your prayers of the heart as we petition our Creator and God:

Kindling Spirit, build well the fire in our hearts this day.*

Silence.

Almighty God, we confess we have turned away from Your light, and denied your presence in our lives with our sin.

Silence.

Forgive us, we pray, and illumine our minds and hearts with your Spirit.

Silence.

In spite of our darkness, you come to us in silence like a field of light, offering mercy, forgiveness, and grace. Thank you.

Silence.

Fan us to flame, that we may shine as your witnesses of love. Kindling Spirit, build well the fire in our hearts this day. Amen.

* This phrase is taken directly from Colbert S. Cartwright and O. I. Cricket Harrison, ed., Chalice Worship  (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1997), 148. The sentence prayers are paraphrased from the content on that page.

Chimes, bells, or gong sounds

Congregational Song: “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart”  CCS 48
OR Holy Spirit, Come With Power”  CCS 46

Congregational Unison Response based on Psalm 27:

The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
I will not be afraid.
Even when a host of my enemies camp around me,
I will trust in God.

I only desire one thing:
to dwell in God’s presence,
to behold God’s beauty,
and to walk in God’s spirit forever.

Proclamation of the Word: Based on Acts 2:1–21

Reading and Response:

Choose one or more readers to share the following thoughts. After the first reading, have a soloist sing the first line of "What Wondrous Love Is This," CCS 454.  Between the other readings, portions of the congregation will sing the line, concluding with the entire congregation joining together in singing the line.

Reading:    

At Pentecost God sent the Holy Spirit
To be with Jesus’ followers in comfort and powerful witness.
Divisions among different peoples
Were overcome in a mighty rush of wind.
People from every tongue, tribe, and nation
Heard the Gospel proclaimed clearly.
In the same way today, all peoples are united in the community of Christ.

Solo:      

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!

Reading:    

The disciples felt lost without Jesus.
In the giving of the Spirit, Jesus came once again.
The Spirit filled them with light and hope,
The Spirit prompted them to faith and witness,
The Spirit comforted them and met their needs,
Then sent them forth to serve the needs of others.
Right side:    What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!

Reading:    

Feel the Spirit moving in your heart,
Inspiring women and men of all ages
To share God’s love with a neighbor,
To speak of grace moving in the world,
To witness of love in the midst of despair,
And cry "justice" for the oppressed.
The Spirit sends us to proclaim peace and liberty
And goes before us to prepare the way.

Left side:    

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!

Reading:    

Today, like the day of Pentecost, God blesses you
With the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We can praise our God freely and openly,
We can fellowship in worldwide community.
We can see each person as gifted and filled with worth.
Today, as at Pentecost, God’s grace and love overflows
To bless and challenge us.
Praise God and the wondrous love of God!

All:     

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul

Disciples Generous Response

Blessing and Receiving of Mission Tithes

The three selections build in tempo and energy into a great celebration of the Spirit!
"O Holy Dove of God Descending"   CCS 44
"Touch Me, Lord, with Thy Spirit Eternal"  CCS 574
"The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning"  CCS 384

Sending Forth

Response

Postlude
Include the ringing of chimes, bells, or gong


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