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Pentecost Sunday - May 31, 2020

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Pentecost Sunday - May 31, 2020

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  • The entire order of service is laid out in the "Worship Service Folder" link above. It is also printed below with a video of the songs and the sermon.
  • The sermon will be posted first thing on Sunday morning on YouTube as well as Facebook. 
  • Worship actively! Whether you are by yourself or with others, read the parts of the service aloud (responses, lessons, and prayers). Try singing along with the hymns as well.
  • This service is for children too. Help them participate. Ask those who have that ability to read a prayer or lesson aloud. Take a moment to describe what’s happening. Ask questions. Encourage little ones to draw what they are hearing while you all listen. Unlike our more typical Sunday worship at church, you can pause at any time for discussion.
  • Pause for a moment of quiet meditation. Then pray:
  • O Lord — my Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter — I come before you to hear your holy Word. Open my heart by your Holy Spirit that I may repent of my sins, believe in my risen Savior Jesus Christ, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear me for your mercy’s sake. Amen.

New Worship Series - "Better Together"

Our recent isolation has been a helpful reminder that being alone was never Jesus’ intention for his people. Rather than leaving us stranded as individual Christians, Christ has woven his people into the beautifully ornamented fabric that is his Church. As members of that Church, we are far better together than alone. 

Today’s Focus:

Each Christian is unique, blessed with individual gifts, abilities, and interests. Yet our Lord Jesus has bound us together by the Holy Spirit. Working through Sacrament and Word, the Spirit fills our hearts with the only faith that saves as together we drink the life-giving water he freely provides and testify to the name of the Savior. 

SONG - “Come Holy Ghost, God and Lord”


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ † and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

And also with you.



In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2)

The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.  (Job 33:4)

O Lord, where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  (Psalm 139:7-8)

The Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever.”   (Genesis 6:3)

O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony.

Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.   (Psalm 6:1-2,4)

Silence for private confession and meditation.

Jesus said to his disciples, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven;
if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”  (John 20:21-23)

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.   (Isaiah 61:1)

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death.   (Romans 8:1-2)

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.   (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of your faithful people;

and kindle in us the fire of your love.   (2nd century prayer)


Holy Spirit, God and Lord, come to us this joyful day with your sevenfold gift of grace. Rekindle in our hearts the holy fire of your love that in a true and living faith we may tell abroad the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, one God, now and forever.


EPISTLE LESSON - 1 Corinthians 12:3-11

3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

GOSPEL OF THE DAY - John 7:37-39

37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.


SONG - “Speak, O Lord”


MESSAGE - John 7:37-39


The Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed, with Martin Luther’s Explanation

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does this mean?

I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.

But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.

In this Christian Church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers. On the Last Day he will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.



Offerings may be given online at, mailed to the church office, put into the offering plate if you come for private communion, or dropped off at the office during regular hours.



Lord God, heavenly Father, Creator of all things great and small, we come before you with gratitude and praise. Not only have you marvelously made all things, but you have provided for their continuing needs. You open your hands, and our lives are filled with good things. For your care and providence day after day, we give you humble thanks.

Lord Jesus Christ, we are especially grateful on this day of Pentecost, for you have poured out your gift of the Holy Spirit. With your holy Law you have crushed the false pride of selfish ambition and brought us to our knees in sorrow over our many sins. Yet your Holy Spirit comes to us again and again through the Gospel. Through his work, we pray, give us hearts that are new, pure, and full of life. Restore to us the joy of your salvation, given as that amazing gift earned at the cross and confirmed at the empty tomb.

Dear Savior, let your Holy Spirit flow from us with gracious words as we tell other sinners, too, about your merciful ways. Bless our witness to your glorious name so that many more souls may know your great love and join us rejoicing before your throne.

Special prayers and intercessions may follow.

Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our quiet petitions.

Silent prayers.

Accept these and all our prayers for the sake of your great mercy. May all glory, praise, and honor belong to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, even as we join together in the Lord’s Prayer:



Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.    (2 Corinthians 13:14)



SONG - “Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God”