Morning Worship – 28 May 2023

Pentecost Sunday/Memorial Day Observance

Prelude “Little Prelude in G-major” (J.S. Bach)
“Arioso” (Alfred V. Fedak)

Congregational Welcome

Choral Introit “Come, Gracious Spirit” (Paul Sjolund)

Call to Worship
*Opening Hymn #128 On Pentecost They Gathered

*Prayer of Pentecost
One voice: The Gospel of John says this: “While Jesus was standing (at a festival), he cried out ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ Now, Jesus said this about the Spirit…” Let us pray for the many ways God brings us this Holy Spirit.
All: God of wind and flame and energy and eternity, and our God, along with unknown siblings in time and beyond time, we rejoice in the birthday of your body, the Church, on this day. We praise you for what you deliver in the rush of a mighty wind, so that our sons and daughters might prophesy. We praise you that call us by name, surround us with Spirit, and promise us that we can drink deeply of your living water. We pray to know the ways to use your good and varied gifts, revealed to us through Jesus’ embrace, so we entreat you to be with us now, through Jesus’ name, Amen.

*Assurance of Forgiveness
*Response in Praise
From all that dwell below the skies
Let the creator’s praise arise:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let the redeemer’s name be sung
through every land, in every tongue.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

*Sharing of Peace

The Hebrew Bible Numbers 11: 24-30

The Children’s Time Wendy Donnell
Hymn Response #304 Jesus Loves Me (Children proceed to an activity)

The History of the Church Acts 2:1-21

The Morning Meditation The Rev. Kenneth F. Baily

Call to Offering
Choral Offering “Hymn to the Spirit” (Russell Nagy)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Christ the word in flesh born low,
Praise Holy Spirit evermore,
One God, Triune, whom we adore. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer
“Our Father and Mother…trespasses…”

*Hymn (insert) God of the Ages, Who with Sure Command

*Benediction Response “Go Now in Peace” (Dale Wood)

Postlude “Prelude and Toccata on ‘Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee’” (Fedak)

* Those who are able please stand


Our worship is “masks optional.” We continue to be careful,
our leaders are vaccinated, and our choir continues with masks.

We now pass plates for our offering. Meanwhile, you are welcome to
use our website for any offerings; and thank you.

Thanks to worship leaders Kenneth Baily, Wendy Donnell,
Nadya Mikhaylova, Jan Zimmerman, Isabelle Draper, Melissa Dietrich,
Yumiko Matsuoka, and Misha Hill.

NHCC is an Open and Affirming, Still Speaking congregation
where all are welcome regardless of the divisions or separations
that some in society would impose: whoever you are, you are
welcome in God’s house. “In Christ we are a new creation,”
so we are blessed to be together in Christ’s name.

Would you like to learn more about membership at NHCC?
Contact Ken Baily or any Deacon (readers and welcomers).

“Memory is the soil in which hope survives.”

-Fred Craddock

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