Read-along Service for Sunday June 5, 2022 – Pentecost

Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church
Order of Worship
Pentecost Sunday, June 5 2022

Welcome, Announcements
Lighting The Christ Candle
We light this candle as a symbol of the light of Christ, which shines in each one of us, and the darkness cannot overcome it. May the light of resurrection fill our lives with hope.

Hymn         Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty                           VU 315

  1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;
    holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,
    God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
  1. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
    casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
    which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.
  1. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
    though the eye made blind by sin they glory may not see,
    only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
    perfect in power, in love, and purity.
  1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!
    All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea;
    holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,
    God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Call To Worship
The Spirit descends like a gentle dove, bringing peace to unite the world. The Spirit comes like a breath, bringing life to renew the people of God. The Spirit spreads like fire, bringing energy for witnessing to the love of God. The Spirit gives us breath to sing and strength to serve. Spirit of the living God be present among us here today, so you might transform our lives by the gift of your life giving power.

Anthem “Look At The World”

Hymn         For the Beauty of the Earth                                VU 226

  1. For the beauty of the earth,
    for the glory of the skies,
    for the love which from our birth
    over and around us lies,
    God of all, to you we raise
                      this our hymn of grateful praise.
  1. For the beauty of each hour
    of the day and of the night,
    hill and vale, and tree and flower,
    sun and moon, and stars of light,             Refrain
  1. For the joy of human love,
    brother, sister, parent, child,
    friends on earth, and friends above,
    for all gentle thoughts and mild,               Refrain
  1. For each perfect gift sublime
    to our race so freely given,
    graces human and divine,
    flowers of earth and buds of heaven,      Refrain

Prayer of Approach
Holy Spirit, with great astonishment, we see that you renew our strength constantly. When one thing ends, something new is getting ready to be born.  May we never forget your abiding presence. May we grow in our trust in you.  We ask that your spirit teach us to speak in tongues of comfort to those weeping over the bodies of their loved ones. Teach us to speak in tongues of courage to those living in fear. Let us speak in tongues of care for the most vulnerable in our world– whether they be human beings, animals, or the planet we call home. And when our tongues are still, when we have no words to speak, let our hearts burn with your fire. May our hearts be open to your presence in the people around us. May our joy be overflowing as we express our gratitude in this time of celebration and song. Lift us up so we might shine with your light. Amen.

Hymn         I Danced in the Morning                                     VU 352

  1. I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
    and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
    and I came from heaven and I danced on the earth;
    at Bethlehem I had my birth.
    Dance, then, wherever you may be;
                      I am the Lord of the dance, said he,
                      and I’ll lead of you all, wherever you may be,
                      and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.
  1. I danced for the scribe and the pharisee,
    but they would not dance and they would not follow me;
    I danced for the fishermen, for James and John;
    They came with me and the dance went on.              Refrain
  1. I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame;
    the holy people said it was shame;
    they whipped and they stripped and they hung me high,
    and left me there on a cross to die.                             Refrain
  1. I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;
    it’s hard to dance with the devil on your back;
    they buried my body and they thought I’d gone,
    but I am the dance and I still go on.                            Refrain
  1. They cut me down and I leap up high;
    I am the life that will never, never die;
    I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me;
    I am the Lord of the dance, said he.                           Refrain

Scripture Reader:  Peter Raaphorst

First Scripture Acts 2:1-21

Anthem “Ave Verum”

Hymn         Crown Him with Many Crowns                                    VU 211

1.  Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne:
hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
through all eternity.

  1. Crown him the Lord of life,
    who triumphed o’er the grave,
    and rose victorious in the strife
    for those he came to save.
    His glories now we sing
    who died and rose on high,
    who died eternal life to bring,
    and lives that death may die.
  1. Crown him the Lord of peace,
    whose power a sceptre sways
    from pole to pole, that wars may cease,
    absorbed in prayer and praise.
    His reign shall know no end;
    and round his piercèd feet
    fair flowers of Paradise extend
    their fragrance ever sweet.
  1. Crown him the Lord of love;
    behold his hands and side,
    rich wounds yet visible above,
    in beauty glorified.
    All hail, Redeemer, hail!
    for thou hast died for me;
    thy praise shall never, never fail
    throughout eternity.

Second Scripture John 14:8-17, 25-27


Hymn O Lord My God (How Great Thou Art)                       VU 238

  1. O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
    consider all the works thy hand hath made,
    I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
    thy power throughout the universe displayed.
    Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee,
                      How great thou art! How great thou art!
                      Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee,
                      How great thou art! How great thou art!
  1. When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
    I hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
    when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
    and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.          Refrain
  1. But when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
    sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,
    that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
    he bled and died to take away my sin.                        Refrain
  1. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
    and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
    Then I shall bow in humble adoration
    and there problem, “My God, how great thou art!”     Refrain

The offering
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Anthem “Amazing Grace”

Hymn         If I Have Been the Source of Pain                               MV 76

  1. If I have been the source of pain, O God;
    if to the weak I have refused my strength;
    if, in rebellion, I have strayed away;
    forgive me, God.
  1. If I have spoken words of cruelty;
    if I have left some suffering unrelieved;
    condemn not my insensitivity;
    forgive me, God.
  1. If I’ve insisted on a peaceful life,
    far from the struggles that the gospel brings,
    when you prefer to guide me to the strife,
    forgive me, God.
  1. Receive, O God, this ardent word of prayer,
    and free me from temptation’s subtle snare,
    with tender patience, lead me to your care.
    Amen, amen.

Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymns:

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour                        VU 665

  1. Pass me not, O gentle Saviour,
    hear my humble cry;
    while on others thou art calling,
    do not pass me by.

                   Refrain:     Saviour, Saviour,
                                      hear my humble cry;
                                      while on others thou art calling,
                                      do not pass me by.

  1. Let me at thy throne of mercy
    Find a sweet relief,
    kneeling there in deep contrition
    help my unbelief.                   Refrain
  1. Trusting only in thy merit,
    would I seek thy face;
    heal my wounded, broken spirit,
    save me by thy grace.           Refrain
  1. Thou the spring of all my comfort,
    more than life to me,
    whom have I on earth beside thee?
    Whom in heaven but thee?   Refrain

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah                              VU 651

  1. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
    pilgrim through this barren land.
    I am weak, but thou art mighty,
    hold me with thy powerful hand.
    Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
    feed me till I want no more,
    feed me till I want no more.
  1. Open now the crystal fountain,
    whence the healing stream doth flow;
    let the fire and cloudy pillar
    lead me all my journey through.
    Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
    be thou still my strength and shield,
    be thou still my strength and shield.
  1. When I tread the verge of Jordan,
    bid my anxious fears subside;
    death of death, and hell’s destruction,
    land me safe on Canaan’s side:
    songs of praises, songs of praises
    I will ever give to thee,
    I will ever give to thee.

So now we leave this space of worship. Things will never be the same. Change is part of every breath we take and every step we make.  And while so much of the road ahead is uncertain, we know some things that are as solid and sure as the ground beneath our feet, and the sky above our heads.

We know God is love. We know Christ’s light endures. We know the Holy Spirit is here, found in the space between all things, closer to us than our next breath, binding us to each other, until we meet we again, Go now in peace. Amen.

Choral Amen                 Amen, Amen, Hallelujah, Amen!                        VU 974