ORDER OF WORSHIP
The Day of Pentecost
May 31, 2020
PRELUDE AND SILENT PRAYER
Reflection on “Adoro Te Devote”
Andrew Moore (b.1954)
Monique Weiss Byrnes, piano
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Blessed is the one who lives eternally and exists for ever.
People: Blessed is the One who redeems and saves.
Leader: Blessed is the Holy One.
HYMN Breathe on Me, Breath of God NCH 292, v. 1
Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love the way you love and do what you would do.
OPENING PRAYER Liturgy for All Occasions
Holy One, we remember today that your Church was born in wind and fire, not to sweep us heavenward like a presumptuous tower, but to guide us down to the dusty roads of this world, so that we may lift up the downcast, heal the broken, reconcile the lost, and bring peace amidst unrest. On this day of Pentecost, we again vow to be your Church, your people in a world that so desperately needs us. Amen.
ANTHEM Come, Holy Spirit, Creator Blest
Arr. Michael Bedford (b.1949)
Jaime Bonney – soprano, Margaret Rodriguez – alto
Jonathan Zink – tenor, Connor Burke – bass, recording
Monique Weiss Byrnes – organist, conductor
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our hearts take up your rest; come with your grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which you have made. O, Comforter, to you we cry, heavenly gift of God Most High; O fount of life, and fire of love and sweet anointing from above. O Holy Spirit, through you alone, know we the Father and the Son; be this our firm unchanging creed, that you do from them both proceed. Praise we, our God, the Father and Son, and Holy Spirit with them one, and may the Son on them bestow, all gifts that from the Spirit flow. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Genesis 11: 1-9
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the Lord said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
HYMN Breathe on Me, Breath of God NCH 292, v. 2
Breathe on me, Breath of God, until my heart is pure, until my will is one with yours, to do and to endure.
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON Acts 2: 1-18
When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples 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.
MESSAGE Broken Towers; New Songs
Breathe on Me, Breath of God NCH 292, v. 3
Breathe on me, Breath of God, stir in me one desire; that every earthly part of me may glow with holy fire.
CALL TO PRAYER AND SILENCE
LORD’S PRAYER Chalice 307
It is our practice to offer ourselves and the fruits of our labors by dedicating a portion of them to God. You will find directions for giving on our website. Please also keep in your hearts those in our city who are suffering from food scarcity and give what you can to love these neighbors.
Breathe on Me, Breath of God NCH 292, v. 4
Breathe on me, Breath of God, so shall I never die, but live with you the perfect life of your eternity.
Postlude on “Veni, Sancte Spiritus”
Colin Mawby (1936-2019)
Monique Weiss Byrnes, piano
Hymn Note from Monique
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Renting Space at Eliot
Eliot Church of Newton’s beautiful church building is where we minister to ourselves as a spiritual family, and through which we find an important expression for our Christian outreach. By sharing our facilities with our neighbors and making it a place where the needs, hopes, and joys of a larger community can be felt, we express our religious commitment to the world and the people around us. Eliot Church has been a vital member of the Newton community since 1845. We are an active family-oriented church with approximately 60 members. We are part of the United Church of Christ denomination. We are located at 474 Centre Street in Newton, within two blocks from Exit 17 off the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90). Our building is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator connecting the upper and lower levels. There is one wheelchair-accessible restroom on the upper level. Rooms available for rental use include the Sanctuary, a multi-purpose Chapel, a Parlor, and Fellowship Hall.
All spaces are wheelchair-accessible. The church has 12 large round tables and 120 folding chairs. Eliot has a "no alcohol" policy.
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Descriptions and photos of spaces available
Fellowship Hall Lounge
Chapel: The chapel is an open space, can seat 75 persons in chairs or 40 people at round tables. It has a small grand piano and a PA system. It is on the upper level.
Rental Rate, Chapel...................$80/hour
Sexton services, normal.............$20/hour, paid directly to sexton
Sexton services, special.............Negotiated
Fellowship Hall: The Hall can accommodate 125 persons at tables, or 200 in chairs, and offers an adjoining full-service kitchen.
Fellowship Hall Lounge: The Lounge is connected to Fellowship Hall by a set of double doors. It can seat 30 people in chairs.
Fellowship Hall and Lounge are on the church's lower level.
Fellowship Hall Lounge.................................$25/hour
Sexton services, normal...............................$20/hour, paid directly to sexton
Sexton services, special...............................Negotiated