Sunday Moments

May 31, 2020

Pentecost Sunday

Gathering Song

O Day Full of Grace ELW #627

This hymn for Pentecost Sunday was recorded from submissions sent to the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians during the current pandemic. The deadline was May 15 and on May 27 this video you are about to see was made available to congregations. The lyrics are included in the video for you to sing along in your home. Enjoy the various instruments and vocal parts as well as the descant in the final stanza. 960 singers and 364 instrumentalists participated in this virtual hymn project.

Prayer of the Day*

Almighty God, your Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ disciples, hidden in an upper room in Jerusalem. A violent wind and tongues of fire were the symbols of a new thing happening in their lives. May your Holy Spirit burst into our lives today, encouraging and inspiring us to proclaim boldly the good news of Jesus Christ who offers healing and hope to all people. Amen.

Gospel: John 20:19-23

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 Judeans, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Thought for the Day

It’s Pentecost Sunday, marking the end of the Easter season. And it has been a long Easter season…and different than any of us ever expected. Like the disciples in today’s gospel reading, some of us are still behind our doors, perhaps cautious or truly afraid to leave our homes. Some of us are afraid to go out on the streets because of our race. Some of us may have been sick with Covid-19. Some of us have compromised health conditions. Some of us have lost loved ones. Some of us have lost our jobs. Our lives have been changed. And when we do leave our homes, we wear masks, quickly run our errands, and rush back. For those who have returned to their places of work during this pandemic, there may be anxiety and new procedures to keep everyone safe. We aren’t sure of what the future holds.

Yet in these messy days we are reminded today of the gift of peace. In our Gospel reading today Jesus offered peace to his disciples. Peace we too are longing for today. And this peace comes from the One who was crucified for us, who was buried, and who rose again! For us…for all of us. Stop for a moment and take that peace from Jesus right now.

The comforting news for the disciples was that Christ breathed the Holy Spirit on each one in that locked room. In our baptisms, we are called to the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit…the One who was promised to us…the One who is our advocate…the One who will never leave us. We are filled with the Spirit despite these challenging and unknown times we are experiencing. This is the hope we are longing for and in need of right now.

Confirmation class for me was many decades ago but if I was asked to tell you what I remember from those weekly classes this is it: We can’t do anything without the help of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has called us, enlightened us, sanctified or made us holy, keeps us in our faith and forgives us even though we have no understanding of how that all works. And we become living signs of God’s grace, love and faithfulness in the world.

Remember you are not alone. Go out into the world either virtually or physically…and share this good news. Go where the Spirit sends you…in person, via Facebook, in Zoom or online worship, through a handwritten letter, or a good old fashioned phone call and share the Spirit with those who too live in fear. And pray that peace will prevail in our nation during these turbulent times. Don’t be afraid to speak up for racial justice and peace. Continue to pray for healing for those afflicted by Covid-19. Pray for lives lost.

“Grant us wisdom, give us courage for the facing of these days, by the power of the Spirit, all for the sake of the kin-dom that we share in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (ELCA Worship)
~Judy Hakanson Smith, Director of Family & Adult Programs


Amazing Love (You Are My King)

I'm forgiven because you were forsaken.
I';m accepted, you were condemned.
I'm alive and well your Spirit is within me,
Because you died and rose again.

Amazing love, how can it be,
That you my King would die for me?
Amazing love, I know it's true.
It's my joy to honor you, in all I do, I honor you.
Billy Foote © 1996 songs. CCLI License# 383771

Prayers of Intercession**

On this day of Pentecost we unite in prayer, asking God to send the Holy Spirit on the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church around the globe:
For the Eastern Orthodox churches, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
For the Roman Catholic church, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
For Protestant and Anglican churches, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
For Pentecostal churches, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
For evangelicals and independents, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
For our own congregation, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
For our outdoor ministry sites and Calumet, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
And for everyone who searches for you, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

Restore your whole creation, especially the lands and waters laden with pollution and the animals whose habitats are threatened.
A brief silence.
For your earth, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

Send your Spirit on the leaders of nations, on legislators, and on judges, that the people of the world will benefit from your justice and your peace.
A brief silence.
For the nations of the world, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

Visit all who are suffering, all who face racial injustice, all who feel hopeless, and all who face death. Send healing to those we name here before you…
A brief silence.
For all who are in need, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

Bless our cities and make them place of safety for all your people. End turmoil and chaos and bring understanding, patience, and willingness to listen to one another. Unite your people around common goals for the good of all.
A brief silence.
For all our cities especially Minneapolis and other cities in distress, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

Restore to health those who have contracted the virus. Uphold health-care workers, grant jobs to those who are unemployed, and assist researchers in discovering a vaccine.
A brief silence.
For all who are confronting the coronavirus, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

Bless those who are graduating from schools and universities. Give our youth hope for their future.
A brief silence.
For our graduates we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

Show our nation and our churches how to connect with those whose language we cannot speak.
A brief silence.
For the speakers of every language under the sun we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

Give us ways during this time to share with one another the faithfulness we receive from you. Surprise us with unexpected grace.
A brief silence.
For family members and friends, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

Hear also the cries of our own hearts.
A brief silence.
For ourselves, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

Receive our praise for all who for centuries have gone before us in the faith, from the first Pentecost, throughout Christian history, and up to this week.
A brief silence.
That at the end… we and all the saints will rejoice in your presence, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sending song

Our sending song should be familiar from two weeks ago…when we heard the UK version of the song The Blessing. Today we will hear a version from the composers/arrangers of The Blessing. The main text is from Numbers 6:24-26. May you go with the peace of the Lord today.

The Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you.
Make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you.
The Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
Amen, Amen, Amen.

May his favor be upon you
and a thousand generations,
and your family, and your children,
and their children, and their children.

May his presence go before you,
And behind you, and beside you,
all around you, and within you.
He is with you, He is with you.

In the morning, in the evening,
in your coming, and your going,
in your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, He is for you.
Chris Brown | Cody Carnes | Kari Jobe | Steven Furtick
© 2020 Capitol CMG Paragon (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Music by Elevation Worship Publishing (Admin. by Essential Music Publishing LLC)
For use solely with the SongSelect® CCLI License # 383771


Go out into the world in peace
as Pentecost people;
have courage;
hold on to what is good;
return no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak, and help the suffering;
honor all people;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
You got this, Calumet Nation!
Thanks be to God.
* 5-31-20
***Adapted from This Far By Faith hymnal,,
Annual License #SAS006505

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