Speaking of God

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about the way the Holy Spirit empowers us to deliver God’s message just the way others need to hear it. Based on Acts 2:1-13

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On this Pentecost Sunday, we also prayed a portion of the “Brief Statement of Faith” which can be found on page 312 of the Book of Confessions (in the The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church Part I) which  is available here: http://oga.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/oga/pdf/boc2016.pdf.

The portion we recited can also be found below after the scripture.

We also participated in the Lord’s Supper. It might be interesting to read up on the theology of this sacrament in the Book of Order (in the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church Part II).
It can be found on page 95, here: http://oga.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/oga/pdf/book-of-order2017-electronic.pdf

*Call to Worship
We come together to lift our voices in praise of God;
We come to listen and learn from the Scriptures.
We may come empty;
but we leave full of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit seeks to fill us to overflowing so that we may go into the world and share all we know about God, to all who will listen.
Let us be filled with the Holy Spirit and worship God!

*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, we profess to be followers, but often stop short of your commandment to go and tell others about You. We look for truth and for knowledge to be better witnesses, but close our eyes to those who need to hear. Even when You give us a voice to be bold, courage to be fearless and a heart to be resolute, we often back away from our promise to share Your love. Help us use that fire You have placed in our hearts to speak to all who must hear that you are Savior of the world...(Silent time of prayer)

*Assurance of Pardon
If you believe that the fire in your heart is there because of the love, mercy and forgiveness of Jesus, our Savior, then you are indeed saved!
Thanks be to God!

Acts 2:1-13 (NRSV)

The Coming of the Holy Spirit
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.”

*Brief Statement of Faith

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere giver and renewer of life.

The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church.

The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of Baptism, feeds us with he bread of life and cup of salvation and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church.

In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all people to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in the Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen