Sunday, May 31st

Pentecost Sunday


We welcome everyone to this service of worship this morning. 

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Rick and Karen Wheeliker and family in the passing of Rick’s mother Patricia Wheeliker on Saturday, May 23.

To the Current Fund

  • In memory of Tom & Marguerite Penny by Eileen MacNeil
  • In memory of Patsy Wheeliker by Kathy Hardy

To the Choir Fund

  • In memory of Allison Shaw by Flossie MacLean
  • In memory of Allison Shaw by Roy & Kay Gallivan
  • In memory of Tom & Marguerite Penny by Roy & Kay Gallivan
  • In memory of Albert Wheaton by Roy & Kay Gallivan

To the Benevolent Fund

  • In memory of Gertie MacIntyre by Alan & Brenda Skinner
  • In memory of Gertie MacIntyre from Gus and Alixe MacAskill
  • In memory of Tom and Marguerite Penny from Catherine and David Sneddon
  • In memory of Albert Wheaton from Catherine and David Sneddon

Mission Moment

May 31: A long journey for a Rohingya family

Polio left 20-year-old Kafietula and his 10-year-old sister Shohita unable to walk. One day, arson and killings in their neighbourhood forced these Rohingya children to flee their home. For a week, Kafietula’s family members carried him and his sister until they reached safety in Bangladesh. There are many families like Kafietula’s who, after brutal journeys, are far away from home and without food or proper shelter. Working with partners at Canadian Foodgrains Bank, PWS&D is providing food vouchers so that families can shop at local markets. With diversified foods to help them stay healthy, many Rohingya people can begin to dream again. “Shohita is able to go to school and is learning English. She has a dream of being a teacher and wants to help others.”

PWS&D helps people who have been forced from their home

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Worship Service

Prelude Afron (minor)
Call to Worship, Opening Prayer
Hymn    On this assembled host

On this assembled host, in this accepted hour,
O Spirit, as at Pentecost, descend in grace and power.

We meet with one accord in our appointed place,
and wait the promise of our Lord, the Spirit of all grace.

Like mighty rushing wind upon the waves beneath,
move with one impulse every mind; one soul, one spirit breathe.

The young, the old inspire with wisdom from above,
and give us hearts and tongues of fire to pray and praise and love.

Spirit of light, explore and chase our gloom away,
your splendour shining more and more unto God’s perfect day.

Old Testament Lesson  Numbers 11:24-30

24 So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took some of the power of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied—but did not do so again. 26 However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27 A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” 29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30 Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp. (NIV)

Responsive Psalm # 104:24-34, 35b

24 How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number – living things both large and small.

26 There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.                                                                                                          27 All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time.

28 When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.

30 When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.                                                                                                    31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works –

32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.                                                                                  33 I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.   

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.   35b Praise the Lord, my soul. Praise the Lord. (NIV)

Hymn   Holy Spirit, Living breath of God

Holy Spirit, living Breath of God, breathe new life into my willing soul.
Bring the presence of the risen Lord to renew my heart and make me whole.
Cause Your Word to come alive in me; give me faith for what I cannot see;
Give me passion for Your purity. Holy Spirit, breathe new life in me.

Holy Spirit, come abide within; may Your joy be seen in all I do—
Love enough to cover every sin in each thought and deed and attitude,
Kindness to the greatest and the least, gentleness that sows the path of peace.
Turn my striving into works of grace. Breath of God, show Christ in all I do.

Holy Spirit, from creation’s birth, giving life to all that God has made,
Show your power once again on earth; cause Your church to hunger for Your ways.
Let the fragrance of our prayers arise. lead us on the road of sacrifice
That in unity the face of Christ will be clear for all the world to see.

Copyright © 2006 Thankyou Music/Adm. by songs excl. UK & Europe, adm. by Kingsway Music. Used by permission. CCLI 505652 Streaming License 20478338

N.T. Lesson    Acts 2:1-21

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.  10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (NIV)

N.T. Gospel Lesson  John 20:19-23

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (NIV)

Sermon:  The wait…the Holy Spirit comes  
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Hymn Come down, O love divine, seek now this soul of mine

Come down, O love divine, seek now this soul of mine,
And visit it with your own ardor glowing.
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,
And kindle it, your holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn, till earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let Thy glorious light shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part,
And pride in earthly glory scorns with loathing.

And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
Shall far out-pass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, till we become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Prayer of the People
Hymn       O Breath of life, come sweeping through us

                                                                                                                                      O Breath of life, come sweeping through us,
Revive your church with life and power;
O Breath of life, come, cleanse, renew us,
And fit your church to meet this hour.

O Wind of God, come bend us, break us,
Till humbly we confess our need;
Then in your tenderness remake us,
Revive, restore, for this we plead.

O Breath of love, come breathe within us,
Renewing thought and will and heart;
Come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us,
Revive Thy church in every part.

O Tongues of fire, come rest upon us So we may speak your word aright Kindle the flame of love among us;                                                            Equip your church to spread the light.

Benediction & Choral Amen
Postlude     Boundless Mercy


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