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Veradale United Church of Christ
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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 31, 2020 • 10:30 a.m.
10:30am Worship begins:
God calls to us . . . all the time! All the time . . . God calls to us!
Words of Welcome
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]
Last Sunday we grieved the nearly 100,000 who had already died of Covi-19.
This Sunday we grieve the violent deaths of black men, women, and children. Here is a partial list:
From Chyna Smith
1999, AMADOU DIALLO New York, (While taking out wallet, officers fired 41 shots by four officers, who were all acquitted.)
2006, SEAN BELL, New York, (Hosting a bachelor party, 50 rounds fired by police officers, who were found not guilty of charges.)
2009, OSCAR GRANT, California, (Handcuffed and face-down, officer shot him in the back. Officer found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.)
2010, AIYANA JONES, Michigan, (Sleeping 7 year old girl, accidentally shot by officer in a raid on wrong apartment. Officer cleared of all charges.)
2012, JORDAN DAVIS, Florida, (Killed because he was playing loud music. Shooter found guilty of first-degree murder.)
2012, TRAYVON MARTIN, Florida (Walking home with iced tea and Skittles. Shot by George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty.)
2013, JONATHAN FERRELL, North Carolina (Asking for help after auto accident. Shot twelve times by police, case ended in mistrial.)
2013, RENISHA MCBRIDE, Michigan, (Auto accident, knocked on door for help. Homeowner was found guilty of second-degree murder.)
2014, MICHAEL BROWN, Missouri, (Shot by twelve times by officer, including in the back. No charges filed.)
2014, JOHN CRAWFORD, Ohio, (Shopping at Walmart, holding a BB gun on sale, police officer was not charged.)
2014, TAMIR RICE, Ohio, (Playing with toy gun, shot by police officer arriving on scene. Officer was not charged.
2015,SANDRA BLAND, Texas, (Pulled over for traffic ticket, tasered and arrested. Suspicious “suicide” while in jail. No charges.)
2015, FREDDIE GRAY, Maryland, (Beaten to death by officers while being transported in police van. All officers involved were acquitted.)
2015, COREY JONES , Florida, (Waiting by his disabled vehicle, was shot three times by police officer, who was found guilty of murder.)
2015, WALTER SCOTT, South Carolina, (Pulled over for brake light, shot in the back by police officer, who pleaded guilty to civil rights violations.)
2016, PHILANDO CASTILE, Minnesota, (Pulled over in car, told officer he had a legally registered weapon in car. Officer acquitted of all charges.)
2016, TERRENCE CRUTCHER , Oklahoma, (Standing unarmed by his disabled vehicle, shot by police officer, who was found not guilty of manslaughter.)
2016, ALTON STERLING, Louisiana, (Selling CDs, shot at close range while being arrested. No charges filed.)
2016, KEITH SCOTT, North Carolina (Sitting in car, reading. Shot by police officer, who was not charged.)
2017, JORDAN EDWARDS, Texas, (Riding in a car. Shot in the back of the head by police officer, who was found guilty of murder.)
2018, STEPHON CLARK, California, (Holding a cell phone. Shot 8 times, 6 in the back. Officers not charged.)
2018 BOTHAM JEAN, Texas, (Shot at home, which police officer mistook for her own. Officer found guilty of murder.)
2019, ATATIANA JEFFERSON, Texas, (Looking out her window, shot by police officer, who is still under indictment for murder.)
2020, AHMAUD AUBREY , Georgia, (Jogging, shot by two men who claimed they suspected him of burglaries. Both men charged with murder and aggravated assault”
2020, GEORGE FLOYD, Minnesota, (police called by shop owner who suspected the $20 dollar bill he used was a fraud. Taken from his car. Killed by excessive police force.)
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.
Blessed Spirit, fill us with your light and life that we may be the body of Christ in the world today. Bless all our gifts and offerings. May we work with you to bring the day when it is on Earth as it is in Heaven. We pray in the name and love of Jesus. Amen
Listening for God
Acts 2:1-21 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 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. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14 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. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘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.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
John 20:19-23 (NRSV)
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
“So I Send You”
Our Light moves into the World God Loves
*Hymn: “Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer” 18 (NCH)
1 Guide me, O my great Redeemer, pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but you are mighty; hold me with your powerful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me ‘til I want no more, feed me ‘til I want no more.
2 Open now the crystal fountain, where the healing waters flow. Let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through. Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer, ever be my strength and shield, ever be my strength and shield.
3 When I reach the River Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside. Death of death, and hell’s Destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side. Songs of praises, songs of praises I will ever sing to you, I will ever sing to you.
*Benediction and What does the Lord Require of You
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- What does the Lord require of you? What does the Lord require of you?
2. Justice, kindness, walk humbly with your God.
3. To seek justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.
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