Dear Veradale Friends and Members,
How are you doing? Please, let me know if you have concerns or joys to be added in prayer.
There is lots of room in church this Sunday if you want to be in person. We also continue to have Zoom and Facebook.
Do you want to read scripture for this Sunday? Let me know.
I’ve been asked about church membership. Stay after worship this Sunday and learn about the UCC and Veradale UCC.
Please, keep in prayer
Marilyn who is still very weak from Covid.
Helen whol needs to gain strength.
Wayne, as he grieves the loss of his step-mom, Marj Shull.
Our church to be found by those seeking a community and spiritual practice like ours.
Our nation’s violence that includes the violence with words, laws, loop holes, denial of healthcare, hate, and guns.
The conflict between Israel and Palestine. (See our UCC statement: https://www.ucc.org/ucc-disciples-condemn-israeli-attacks-on-palestinians-oppose-evictions-of-jerusalem-families/)
For those in-person, we still follow our Covid Careful process and are making plans for when we will go mask free. For now we continue:
- Enter through front door (church wings will both be closed).
- Only the one bathroom by the front doors will be used.
- Temperature and names will be taken at the door.
- Masks are required (we will have masks for forgetful folk). No Face shields unlessthey include a cloth mask which MUST be worn over the nose.
- Chairs are set at 6’ apart. Please, do not move chairs.
- The Bibles, Hymnals, pens, pencils, coloring pages are all removed from the sanctuary. If you want to print your own bulletin or bring your own Bible, that is fine.
- There will be absolutely no eating or drinking in the building.
- Singing in the sanctuary is with masks on and seated.
I hope to see you on Sunday!
Join our Sunday Zoom Gathering
Meeting ID: 878 8402 0669
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Veradale United Church of Christ
An Open & Affirming Congregation
Worshiping God in Christ – Welcoming All – Working for Justice & Peace
“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”
Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021 • 10:30 a.m.
10:20 Gathering and Prelude
Wayne Shull, Music Director
Charlie Salt, Acolyte and AV
Naomi Hanvey Facebook Monitor
Scotty Patton, Zoom Monitor
10:30am Worship begins:
God searches the heart. . . all the time!
All the time . . . God searches the heart life!
Passing the Peace of Christ and Welcoming the Light of Christ
*Hymn: “Every Time I feel the Spirit” 282 (NCH)
Refrain: Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I will pray. Yes, every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I will pray.
1 Upon the mountain, when my Lord spoke, out of God’s mouth came fire and smoke. Looked all around me, it looked so fine, ‘till I asked my Lord if all was mine. [Refrain]
2 Jordan River, chilly and cold, it chills the body but not the soul. There is but one train upon this track; it runs to heaven and then right back. [Refrain]
Response 812 (NCH) Public Domain
Amen, amen, amen.
A Time of Offering
An Invitation to Share
780 (NCH) Public Domain
Praise God from whom all blessing flow. Praise God all creatures here below. Praise God above, you heavenly hosts: Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.
Spirit of Truth, fill us with your light and life. Give to us clarity of speech, thought, and action that we may be the body of Christ in the world today. Bless all our gifts and offerings. May all that we are and all that we have be a reflect of our practice of compassion and justice. We pray in the name and love of Jesus. Amen
Listening for God
Acts 2:1-21 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
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.’
John 15:26-27; 16:4-15 NRSV
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning….
But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.
“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason, I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Message: “The Spirit of Truth”
Our Light moves into the World God Loves
Hymn: “Our Light moves into the World God Loves
Hymn “Christian, Rise and Act Your Creed” 537 (NCH)
1 Christian, rise and act your creed; let your prayer be in your deed; Seek the right, perform the true,raise your work and life anew.
2 Hearts around you sink with care, you can help their load to bear; You can bring inspiring light, strengthen them to do the right.
3 Offer others hope and joy, and God’s worship your employ; Giving thanks in humble zeal, learning all God’s will to feel.
4 Come then, law divine, and reign; faith that doubt assails in vain, Perfect love bereft of fear, born in heaven and radiant here.
Benediction and Love Round
Love, love, love, love, Christians this is your call. Love your neighbor as yourself for God loves us all.
Please, remember offerings can be given through the church website at https://veradaleucc.org
There is an orange donate button on the right side of the page.
send checks to Veradale UCC, 611N Progress Road, Spokane Valley, WA 99037
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