• Glebe Road United Church

Sunday Worship -- June 5, Pentecost

We Gather Together

Musical Prelude


Promise of Divine Welcome

Invocation: Come, O Holy Spirit, Come, VU 383

Wa wa wa Emimimo. (Emimoloye.)

Wa wa wa Alagbara. (alagbarameta.)

Wao, wao, wao. (Emimimo).

Come, O Holy Spirit, come. (O wise Spirit, come.)

Come, almighty Spirit come. (Almighty Trinity.)

Come, come, come. (O Spirit, come.)

Call to Worship:

One: Divine Teacher, whirl around us with your wisdom,

All: Divine Comforter, encircle us with the peace that comes only from you.

One: As the Holy Winds fill our lives with dreams, empower us

to live God’s hope in this world.

All: As the Holy Fire fills our hearts with visions,

empower us to create a world of justice and peace.

One: May the Divine Gales of this day move us to know the love of God.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Listening in the Light of Reconciliation

Opening Hymn: Come, O Spirit, Dwell among Us, VU 198

Come, O Spirit, dwell among us, come with pentecostal power;

give the church a stronger vision, help us face each crucial hour.

Built upon a firm foundation, Jesus Christ, the cornerstone,

still the church is called to mission that God’s love shall be made known.

We would raise our hallelujahs for the grace of yesteryears;

for tomorrow’s unknown pathway, hear, O God, our humble prayers.

In the church’s pilgrim journey you have led us all the way,

still in presence move before us, fire by night and cloud by day.

Come, O Spirit, dwell among us, give us words of fire and flame.

Help our feeble lips to praise you, glorify your holy name.

God, all holy, Son and Spirit, three in one: what mystery!

We would sing our loud hosannas now and through eternity.

Opening Prayer

Invitation to Confession

Song:Listen, God Is Calling, MV 97

Listen God is calling, through the Word inviting,

offering forgiveness, comfort, and joy.

Prayer of Confession

One: Loving God, Divine Comforter,

Peace is absent from our hearts. From pain to grief,

and from turmoil to frustrations, we yearn for what we lack.

All: We ache for the pains and injustices of this world to cease.

One: What we forget is to pause and voice our concerns to you.

How can we better integrate your presence in our lives?

When have we forgotten to include you in our joys and heartaches?

All: Move us to seek you and speak the burdens of our hearts to you.

One: May your Spirit refill our souls with peace.

All: Amen.

Words of Assurance

Song: Behold,I Make All Things New, MV 115

Behold, behold, I make all things new,

beginning with you and starting from today.

Behold, behold, I make all things new,

my promise is true, for I am Christ the way.

Choral Anthem

Children’s Hymn: Dance with the Spirit, MV 156

Dance with the Spirit early in the mornin’,

walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’,

listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

Move with the Spirit…

Sing with the Spirit…

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, the power, and the glory

forever and ever. Amen.

Children’s Prayer:

God, be in my eyes and in my looking.

God, be in my ears and in my listening.

God, be in my mouth and in my speaking.

God, be in my heart and in my understanding. Amen.

God Calls and We Respond to the Word

Psalm 104 (Part 2), VU 827, with Sung Response:

Bless, O my soul, the Almighty, who rules all creation.

O God, how manifold are your works!

With Wisdom at your side you made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures. R

There lies the great and mighty Sea,

teeming with living things both great and small.

Upon it sail the ships, and there is Leviathan,

the monster you made to play in it.

All these look to you,

to give them their food in due season.

What you give them they gather up.

When you open your hand,

you fill them with good things.

But when you hide your face they despair.

When you take away their breath, they die, and return to dust.

But when you send out your spirit, they live again,

and you renew the face of the earth. R

May your glory, O God, endure forever.

May you rejoice, O God, in your works.

When you look at the earth it trembles,

when you touch the mountains they smoke.

I will sing to God as long as I live.

I will praise my God while I have being. R

Acts 2:1-21

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

“In the last days it will be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions,

and your old men shall dream dreams.

Even upon my slaves, both men and women,

in those days I will pour out my Spirit;

and they shall prophesy.

And I will show portents in the heaven above

and signs on the earth below,

blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

The sun shall be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood,

before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.

Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Sermon: “This is the Church” – Rev. Cynthia O’Connell

Hymn: Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness, VU 375


Spirit, Spirit of gentleness,

blow thro’ the wilderness calling and free,

Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,

stir me from placidness, Wind, Wind on the sea.

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:

wake from your slumbers and rise on your wings. R

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. R

You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes,

from the bondage of sorrow the captives dream dreams,

our women see visions, our men clear their eyes,

with bold new decisions your people arise. R

Invitation to the Offering


Doxology: Grant Us, God, the Grace, VU 540

Grant us, God, the grace of giving,

with a spirit large and free,

that ourselves and all our living

we may offer faithfully.

We Pray

Prayers of the People

Poem: God’s Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.

It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;

It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil

Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?

Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;

And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;

And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil

Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;

There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;

And though the last lights off the black West went

Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

Closing Hymn: God Who Sings Us into Being

God who sings us into being, now we sing your praise as one;

As the rivers seek the ocean, in its deeps becoming one.

As the Raven warmly brooding births her children 'neath her wing;

By the love of the Great Spirit drawn together, so we sing.

Sing we now of mighty waters bringing justice, flowing deep;

Sweeping us from old oppressions, bringing hope to those who weep.

May your church in every nation sing your kingdom into birth,

Bringing peace to your creation, and the greening of your Earth.

Songs of praise may not be ended till a thankful song we raise

For your Son who condescended, walking all our human ways.

On a Cross we glimpse His glory, in His risen life we live.

Thirsty traveler, hidden Saviour, living water He will give.


One: In each gust of wind,

go and reach out to the God of inspiration.

All: In each flicker of flame, may we follow the Christ of light.

One: For the Spirit of God surrounds you, filling your hearts with dreams,

All: our minds with visions, and our souls with the energy

to create the realm of God on earth.


Song: Amen!, VU 974

Amen! Amen! Hallelujah, amen!

Amen! Amen! Hallelujah, amen!


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