May 28, 2023: We are One in the Spirit

Pentecost Sunday


Scripture: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

  • Prelude: “Spirit of God Descend,” music by Ellen Jane Lorenz; Pauline Olsen, piano
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  • Introit: “Spirit of the Living God,” by Daniel Iverson; Trinity Singers
  • Hymn 71: “Glory Be to the Father (Gloria Patri),” by Henry W. Greatorex
  • Hymn 404: “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” African American Spiritual, arr. by William Arms Fisher
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  • Hymn 2120: “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness,” by James K. Manley
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  • Offertory: “Moment Of Worship,” by Ellen Jane Lorenz; Pauline Olsen, piano
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  • Hymn 95: “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” words by Thomas Ken, music attr. to Louis Bourgeois
  • Special Music: “Fill -A Me Up!” by Pepper Choplin; Trinity Singers
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  • Readings from Scripture: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
  • Sermon: “We are One in the Spirit,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 3185: “Send Us Your Spirit,” by Dan Schutte© 1985 Daniel L. Schutte and New Dawn Music
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  • Benediction Hymn 431: “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson, harm. by Charles H. Webb
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  • Postlude: “With Faith Renewed,” music by Ryan Thomas
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We Are One in the Spirit

Sermon Outline, Day of Pentecost, May 28, 2023

Lectionary Readings

Acts 2:1-21 Divided tongues as of fire… Peter’s first sermon

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b you send forth your spirit…and renew the ground

1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 One body and many members

John 7:37-39 Let anyone who is thirsty come to me…living waters

I. Enthused and Inspired

• Birth of the church
• Baptized by water and Spirit

II. A little background . . .

  • Spirit/Wind/Breath
    • רִיחַ Hebrew: Ruach
    • Πνεύμα Greek: Pneuma
    • Latin: Spiritus
  • Pneumatology
  • Holiness Movement and Pentecostalism

III. Unity with diversity

• Power of the Spirit
• Power of an inspired church

IV. Inspired or expired?

• We are one in the Spirit
• They will know we are Christians by our . . .

A Prayer for Memorial Day

Almighty God, before whom stand the living and the dead, we as your children, whose mortal life is but a hand’s breadth, give thanks to you:

For all those through whom you have blessed our pilgrimage, whose lives that have empowered us, whose influence is a healing grace, we lift up our thankful hearts.

For the dear friends and family members whose faces we see no more, but whose love is with us forever…

For the teachers and companions of our childhood and youth, and for the members of our household of faith who worship you now in heaven…

For those who sacrificed themselves, our brothers and sisters who have given their lives for the sake of others…

That we may hold them all in continual remembrance, and ever think of them as with you in that city whose gates are not shut by day and where there is no night…

That we may now be dedicated to working for a world where labor is rewarded, fear dispelled, and the nations made one.

O Lord, save your people and bless your heritage.

Day by day we magnify you, and worship your name, for ever and ever. Amen.

-United Methodist Book of Worship

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

– John McRae