A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

This Week in Worship

May 20, 2018

Pentecost Sunday

Sermon by Reverend Dr. Robin Crawford

"A New Language"

Scripture  

Acts 2:1-21

Centering Prayer

On Pentecost Day long ago, your great Spirit came upon the saints in Jerusalem. May your Spirit come upon us and this community of faith here this day. We welcome the flame and light of your Spirit here in this place today. Renew us with an energized faith and affirm us as your people here to worship and celebrate with strength, courage, and hope in Christ.  Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: Spirit of the living God, visit us again on this day of Pentecost.

ALL: Come, Holy Spirit.

ONE: With rushing wind that sweeps away all barriers,  

ALL: Come, Holy Spirit.  

ONE: With tongues of fire that set our hearts aflame,  

ALL: Come, Holy Spirit.  

ONE: With speech that unites the Babel of our tongues,  

ALL: Come, Holy Spirit.

ONE: With love that overlaps the boundaries of race and nation,

ALL: Come, Holy Spirit.  

ONE: With power from above to make our weakness strong,

ALL: Come, Holy Spirit.


Prayer of Invocation

Move among us, Spirit, and gather us together with you.  Take our many selves – our lives, our loves, our ideas, our questions, our speech, our silence – and unite us as your people.  Give us the gifts of perception and understanding, so that even as we dream your dreams and see your visions, we may be able to witness to your presence in our common life.  Amen.


Response Hymn #286




Preparation for the Word Hymn #288


Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Centering Prayer

O God, whose holiness is not limited to grand cathedrals or saintly persons, spectacular mountains or mountain-moving leaders; O God, whose holiness is often discovered in simple everyday places and simple everyday folk, plant Your holiness in this place, in us now.  Grow us this hour, that we might flower, right where we are, with the beauty of Your holiness. This we pray.  Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: We have come to worship God, the living God,

ALL: Who calls prophets and teachers to bear witness. One: We have come to praise God, the almighty God, All: Who answers the forces of hatred and hurt with the power of grace.

ONE: We have come to worship God, all-gracious God,

ALL: Who chooses even you and me, to receive and carry the Word of life and hope. All glory to God!


Prayer of Adoration

The Word you spoke, and keep speaking, O God is the life, the sustenance, of all that is – seen and unseen.  The Life you gave, and keep giving, O Christ, is the recreation, the renewed birth

of every broken, wounded and sinful creature.  The breath you breathed, and keep breathing, O Spirit, is the inspiration for creativity, compassion and community that connects and unites all that God has made.  Life-giving, Life-restoring, Life-fulfilling God, our worship seeks to honor you, our hearts are devoted to you, and our lives are completely given over to you.  Amen.


Response Hymn #286




Preparation for the Word Hymn #288




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May 27, 2018

Sermon by Reverend Dr. Robin Crawford

"Thanks"

Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Centering Prayer

Something made the hairs stand up on our necks.  Was it you, O God?  Was it you that we saw blowing over the water?  Was it you that we heard moving through those feet?  Was it you that we felt in the beating of our own hearts?  Was it you that called our names?

Come, O God. Come to search us. Come to know us again.  We were knit in your womb.

We have tried to count your works.  Come, O God, so that we can hear you calling our names.  Here and now.  Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: What do you do, when God calls?

ALL: Wake up. Listen. Act.

ONE: What do you do when God asks you to do something difficult?

ALL: Wake up. Listen. Act.

ONE: What do you do when God asks you to do something impossible?

ALL: Wake up. Listen. Act.  Because with God, nothing is impossible.

ONE: Even changing ourselves?

ALL: Even changing the world. Wake up. Listen. Act.

ONE: And, with all this living,

ALL: we worship God.


Prayer of Invocation

As we turn aside from all else... speak Lord, your servants are listening.

As we declare our faith... speak Lord, your servants are listening.

As we acknowledge our need... speak Lord, your servants are listening.

As we search for wisdom... speak Lord, your servants are listening.

As we listen for your call... speak Lord, your servants are listening.

As we lift up our hearts... speak Lord, your servants are listening.

Amen.


Response Hymn #286




Preparation for the Word Hymn #288




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June 3, 2018

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Holy Listening"

Scripture  

I Samuel 3:1-19

Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Centering Prayer

Lord, we want to follow you wherever you lead.  Reach out to us this day, stirring our souls and spirits with the winds of your power that we may faithfully be your disciples.  For we ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: To the fisherman Jesus said:

ALL: “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”

ONE: To the tax collector Jesus said:

ALL: “Follow me.”

ONE: To the rich man Jesus said:

ALL: “Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

ONE: At the last supper Jesus said:

ALL: “Follow me.”

ONE: To you, and to me, and to all of us Jesus says:

ALL: “Follow me!”


Prayer of Commitment

Jesus, you have called us: Come, follow me, take up your cross, deny yourself and live.  Jesus, I am willing though I am weak; I'll trust you, and I'll go where you lead.

I will follow,

I will follow,

I will follow where you lead.

Jesus, you have shown us how we should live: in sacrifice, humility and love.

Jesus, I am willing though I am weak; I'll follow you with your Spirit in me.


Response Hymn #286




Preparation for the Word Hymn #288




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June 10, 2018

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"What is God Doing in Your Life Today?"

Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Centering Prayer

In this sacred space, in these moments of stillness, our thoughts and silence are like incense.

Holy God, whose glory touches and transfigures the mind and the material, whose intimate, gentle Spirit embraces our vulnerability and fills our empty saes with hope, may we know the deep calm that only You can give.  Through the mystery of absence and presence, come, fill us with Your emptiness, your eternal silence.  Amen.


Call to Worship

We worship the God who inhabits our world and indwells our lives.  We need not look up to find God, we need only to look around: within ourselves, beyond ourselves, into the eyes of another.

We need not listen for a distant thunder to find God, we need only listen to the music of life, the words of children, the questions of the curious, the rhythm of a heartbeat.  We worship the God who inhabits our world and who indwells our lives.


Prayer of Invocation

God of justice, peace and righteousness, come into our midst this morning. Breathe your breath,

your Spirit of prophecy, your energy, your enlivening, your imagination on us.  Wake us up, open our eyes. Unplug our ears that we might hear, that we might see, that we might grieve, that we might dream, that we might follow the ways of your extraordinary kingdom.  Amen


Response Hymn #286




Preparation for the Word Hymn #288




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June 17, 2018

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Mission: Possible"

Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.