Online Worship – The Day of Pentecost – May 30th/31st, 2020

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Prelude: Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

by Ken Medema, arr. C. Kenny. Performed by the STJLC Virtual Choir
Thanks to our Virtual Choir Members:
Sandie and Heather Buscarino, Brett Dixon, Caitlin and Ryan Howard, Judy Jacobson, Alyssa Kenny, Karen Limardo, Jim Lundgren, Sandra McIlvene, Don Reinertsen, Rosemarie Sandhop, Julie Wolf

Welcome and Invocation

Opening Song: Spirit of Gentleness

Refrain:
Spirit, spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness, calling and free,
Spirit, spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.

1 You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;
and over the eons you called to each thing;
“Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.”

2 You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand
and you goaded your people with a law and a land;
and when they were blinded with idols and lies,
then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes. (Refrain)

3 You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still;
and down in the city you called once again,
when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind.

4 You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow all the captives dream dreams;
our women see visions, our men clear their eyes.
With bold new decisions your people arise. (Refrain)

Text: © 1978 Augsburg Fortress James K. Manley Publishing. Used by permission: CCLI no. 11105072

Kids Message

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Sermon Text: Acts 2:1-21

1When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

14But 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. 15For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

17“‘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;
18even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

Sermon – “The Answer is…Blowing in the Wind.”

Response to the Message – Confession and Forgiveness

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Testimony: Jim Sauer

Prayer of the Church and Lord’s Prayer

Song: The River is Here

Down the mountains the river flows, 
And it brings refreshing wherever it goes 
Through the valleys and over the fields 
The river is rushing and the river is here! 

[Chorus] 
The river of God sets our feet to dancing. 
The river of God fills our hearts with cheer. 
The river of God fills our mouths with laughter, 
And we rejoice for the river is here! 

The river of God is teeming with life, 
And all who touch it can be revived; 
And all who linger on this river’s shore, 
Will come back thirsting for more of the Lord! [Chorus] 

Up to the mountain, we love to go, 
To find the presence of the Lord. 
Along the banks of the river we run; 
We dance with laughter giving praise to the Son! [Chorus 2x] 

Text: © 1994 CCLI. Used by permission: CCLI no. 11105072

Announcements

Benediction

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6 Comments

  1. This was truly a most memorable Pentecost Sunday. How much more meaningful to celebrate communion with community in our situation where community is not the norm. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who planned and labored to bring us all the gift of Holy Communion as well as a beautiful church service. The Holy Spirit is alive in our community. Let us all be filled to sharing His overflow with our neighbors. Thank you all and God’s continued blessings to all.

  2. DORIS HOLMSTEDT

    Thank you again St James Lutheran Church. I look forward each week to listen and learn, have to say it fills my heart with joy. Wonderful songs, sermon and prayers. Thank you so much….Doris Holmstedt

  3. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    How wonderful to celebrate Pentecost with everyone. Receiving Communion this morning, after sharing confession and receiving absolution, was a blessing as was giving and receiving virtual hugs to all we saw. Pastor Wackenhuth, thank you for reminding us of the strength and motivation we receive thru the Holy Spirit. Jimmy Sauer, your Testimony encourages us to reach out to others as Christ always does to us. The SS lesson lifts our spirits every week. Thanks, Christine, for encouraging the choir to try something new. We hope the joy of this day never ends.

  4. Deb and Brian Whalen

    Ty for today. The church looked beautiful. Ty to the Ushers, Christine, Jim, Carol and of course Pastor. Today was great. Great sermon Pastor Wackenhutha!!! Hugs back to you !

    1. Maria & Warren

      We so enjoyed celebrating Pentecost this year and seeing our church family. What a blessing to receive Holy Communion. Thank you Pastor Wackenhuth for the inspiring message. Thanks Jim for your heartfelt testimony and to all of you who made this day so special in difficult times.

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