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May 31 Virtual Worship
  Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church
  May 31, 2020    Day of Pentecost

Welcome to Worship! We invite you to join with those in your home – or in spirit with others from Shepherd – and worship God this day. You are invited to use as little or as much of these resources as you like. (If you experience any trouble accessing this material, including links, please send feedback to Cathy Lovejoy at children@shepherdpres.org.)

Instrumental Prelude:  Every Time I Feel the Spirit   click here

Praise Prelude:  Amazed   click here

Welcome:   click here 

Call to Worship: Come to Jesus, you who are thirsty.  Drink deeply of the Holy Spirit.  Let your heart overflow with the living water that renews the face of the earth. Alleluia! Thanks be to God.

Hymn:  We Have Come to Join in Worship   click here

Call to Confession: God has promised that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Therefore, let us call upon the Lord, confessing our sins.

Prayer of Confession: God of new creation, we confess that we have failed to trust your bountiful goodness. By the power of the Holy Spirit you brought forth the earth and its creatures in abundance. Yet, we hoard earth’s resources and refuse to share your gifts. We dishonor your generosity by withholding our charity to those in need.  We betray your kindness by dealing harshly with our enemies. We disregard your compassion by severely judging the sins of others. Forgive us. By the power of your Spirit renew our hearts and free us from sins that we may enjoy the fullness of your blessing upon all creation. Amen.    (Please take a moment for silent confession.)

Assurance of Forgiveness: Sisters and brothers, God offers forgiveness of our sins and the grace of repentance. Accept God’s grace, repent of your sin, and be restored to abundant life.  Friends, believe the Good News! In Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

Sung Response:  Jesus, Lover of My Soul  
(v. 3)   click here

Passing of the Peace:  Click here for photo greetings from some of our Shepherd friends. Additionally, if you wish to stay connected with others from Shepherd, find us on Facebook here. Or, search for “Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church. “Like” or “Follow” us, or say hello on today’s worship post.

Time with Young Disciples:   After watching the message from Ms. Cathy, talk with your family about the ways that the church still exists, even though our buildings are closed. What are some of the ways you and your family can be the church, empowered by the Holy Spirit, during this time? What will you do, with Flat Jesus as a reminder of God's presence with us?  

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Click here to access the children's materials for your family, including a Holy Moly video about the day of Pentecost, a coloring and family sheet, and some worship coloring bulletins. Because these materials are copyrighted, you will need to enter the user ID and password included in the Friday email. After watching the video, talk about what happened that day and why it was important that the Holy Spirit came to the believers that day. How do you think the Holy Spirit works in people today?

Scripture and Sermon:   “A Narrative of Power”

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Acts 2:1-21  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.'

Hymn:  Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart  
(vs. 1,3,4,5)   click here

Minute for Mission - Pentecost Offering   click to view video   Please consider offering a gift to this denominational offering that will benefit PC(USA) ministries for youth, as well as vulnerable children in our local community. This offering may be entered as a separate gift in our online giving, or you may note "Pentecost Offering" on the memo line of your check and mail to the church.

Offering & Prayer of Dedication:  click here   We invite you to continue to give by mailing a check to the church office, using your online bill pay service, or click here to donate online now.

Sung Response:  Doxology   click here

Focus on Stewardship   click here
Prayers of the People / The Lord’s Prayer    

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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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

If you are feeling vulnerable, have a specific need for assistance, or are experiencing financial distress, please reach out to your deacon or Pastor Dave at 916-652-4851. For prayer requests, email pastor@shepherdpres.org.

Hymn:  Your Grace Is Enough   click here

Sending:  The wisdom of God has been shared with us; re-creation and renewal have been offered us. O God, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all. In Christ, we are one body, even during this time of separation. Varied gifts are preparing us for service. The waters of baptism have drawn us together; the Spirit is given to each for the common good. The Spirit has visited us and prepared us to dream; wind and fire have equipped us to witness. We have been filled with the Holy Spirit; let us dare to speak and act as inspired people.

Sending Hymn:  Shalom   click here

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