Sunday, May 23, 2021


“When you strip it of everything else, Pentecost stands for power and life. That’s what came into the church when the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost.
David Wilkerson

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Good morning FCCG online and in-person family! Our Joys, Concerns and Announcements this week include:

  • Birthdays or anniversaries coming up this week: Debbie Burgess’ Birthday (May 27); Craig & Debbie Burgess’ Anniversary (May 27). Let us know if we missed yours!
  • Pastor Clancy’s retirement party will be tomorrow, May 23rd, immediately following services. We will hold it in the church yard on the north side of the building, weather permitting. The Church will provide a box lunch for everyone, and individual cakes and beverages. No need to bring anything if you are coming. The party will be held in Fellowship Hall if it rains, so please remember to bring a mask.
  • Candidating Sunday for our potential new minister will be June 6th, at 10:00am.

Introit ………………… Take My Hand Precious Lord
Performed by Elvis Presley

The peace of God be with you today.
Receive with joy the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We feel the winds of God blowing among us.
We sense the tongues of fire empowering us.
How amazing is the power God gives us.
How manifold are the works of our Creator.
The breath of God fills us with confidence.
The Spirit creates new life within and among us.
God calls us to be dreamers and prophets.
God gives us a vision for a world of Peace.
May the glory of God endure forever.
We will sing praise to God as long as we live.

OPENING HYMN ……………………………………………….. #237 On Pentecost They Gathered

God of the Spirit, whose ways are beyond our knowing, we long to grow spiritually.  We are thirsty for the living water you have promised to those who seek.  We are eager to catch the Spirit, to be set on fire with confidence and trust, to use the gifts you have given.  Let the Pentecost happen again in this gathering of your people.  Inspire us to witness to your love and prophesy in your name.  Give us courage to speak of your deeds of power, and to take the risks of daring discipleship.  Amen.

We can say the words that come with Pentecost:  spirit, wind, fire.  We can claim an interest in knowing the God of all creation. But how much time have we devoted to this quest?  How open are we to God’s unpredictable summons and direction? Let us confess our sin before God and one another, and may God have mercy.
May Christ have mercy.
May God have mercy.
O God, we are frightened by strange tongues and people out of control.  We want to manage our own lives and assure our own safety.  We are afraid that you will ask more of us than we are willing to risk.  We do not want others to consider us strange or fanatical.  We are skeptical of dreams and visions.  We cannot trust some people you ask us to love.  We want to believe, but how can we know that you are more than our collective imagination, a hope we cling to in our despair? Help us, God.  Amen.

Hear now these words of assurance:
God comes unexpectedly to those willing to wait and listen and trust.  The Spirit amazes and astonishes even those who wait expectantly.  There is more to life than the things we can see – and more in the things we see than our eyes can discern.  So, too, God is more than we can know or think. Even now, the Holy Spirit is resting on you and on this family of God’s people. Do not be afraid!

GLORY PATRI ………………………………………………………………………………………… #35

All readings are from the English Standard Version bible.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON ………………………………………………….. Genesis 11:1-9
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

PSALTER LESSON …………………………………………………..Psalm 90
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
   or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
   from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You return man to dust and say,
   “Return, O children of man!”
For a thousand years in your sight
   are but as yesterday when it is past,
   or as a watch in the night.
You sweep them away as with a flood;
   they are like a dream,
   like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
   in the evening it fades and withers.
Return, O LORD! How long?
   Have pity on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
   that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
   and for as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be shown to your servants,
   and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
   and establish the work of our hands upon us;
   yes, establish the work of our hands!

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON ………………………………………………….. Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians —  we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.

“But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “’And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

HYMN ……………………………………………….. #239 Wake the Dawn is Now Full Rising

GOSPEL LESSON …………………………………………………….. John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

SERMON ……………………..…… The Ascension …………….……….. Rev. Rebecca Clancy

From out of the depths into visible corporate acts.
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Gathering the fragments of our church into a living icon of the redeeming, reconciling, prophetic Christ.
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Bonding together the dissenter, the affirmer, and the questor.
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Radiating the power and light of your rainbow hued people.
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Revealing your presence in and among each perceived or self-defined minority, wounded, lonely, or angry.
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Gathering the fragments of our church into dynamic communities of faith engaged in prophetic, redemptive, and reconciling ministries of love.
Come, Holy Spirit, come!   

The Lord’s Prayer
performed by Denyce Graves

SPECIAL MUSIC …………. I will Rise
performed by Chris Tomlin

Your gift is needed for the church to be complete.  What we invest in the church’s work is an expression of our thanks to God for all the gifts we have received.
God of wind and fire, may new life be breathed into the world because of these gifts we return to you. Grant us enhanced capacity to carry your revelation to others in ways they can understand. We seek to be to one another channels of your love and peace, both in person and through the outreach of our offerings. Amen.

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CLOSING HYMN ……………………………………………………..……………. #249     Spirit

May the Lord watch between me and thee, while we are apart one from the other, Amen.

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Please keep the following individuals in your prayers this week:

  • Jodi Holleran’s mom (illness);
  • Mercedes Nuss (illness);
  • Jess Reddy’s friend, Keeley (illness);
  • Sue Cechner’s friend, John (Illness);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s friend, Alice (illness);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s nephew’s daughter, Kenzie (illness);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s daughter-in-law, Kim (illness);
  • Lisa Peterson (illness);
  • Lisa Peterson’s niece-in-law, Wendy (illness);
  • Linda Moran (illness);
  • Faith DiMaria’s brother, Steve, and family (illness);
  • The Connolly Family (lots of prayers);
  • Karen’s Cousin, Dwight, (Illness);
  • Those affected by violence as well as those serving in the military;

One thought on “Sunday, May 23, 2021

  1. It has been a honor to have have met Becca & have such an immediate connection. Mom passed 2 yrs ago & with COVID, I quietly moved up to de pere wi to be with my daughter & grandsons. I also have been involved with mayo with trials for this cancer I have. I wish her & family the best.

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