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Pentecost: The Fiftieth Day of Easter
May 31, 2020
Liturgy of the Word, Rite II

Words in bold, italicized print are words of the gathered assembly.
BCP refers to The Book of Common Prayer (1979).  Holy Scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
Gathering Music
              Every time I feel the spirit                                                          African-American Spiritual
                                                                           Mr. David Crump, soloist
Welcome and Hospitality Blessing
Holy Spirit, living within us, guide our hearts and minds as we welcome today all those who worship with us at St. Alban’s. Give us discerning hearts so that everyone who crosses our threshold feels welcomed in the spirit of your love. Help us to recognize each person as an individual sent by you who will enrich our lives. And most of all, O God, let this be a place of love and acceptance of all of your children; in the name of your Child, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. 
Hymn 513 “Like the murmur of the dove’s song” v. 1 and 2
1. Like the murmur of the dove’s song,
like the challenge of her flight,
like the vigor of the wind’s rush,
like the new flame’s eager might:
come, Holy Spirit, come.
2. To the members of Christ’s Body,
to the branches of the Vine,
to the Church in faith assembled,
to her midst as gift and sign:
come, Holy Spirit, come.
Presider:    Alleluia. Christ is risen!

People:        The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Hymn 513 “Like the murmur of the dove’s song” v. 3
3. With the healing of division,
with the ceaseless voice of prayer,
with the power to love and witness,
with the peace beyond compare:
come, Holy Spirit, come.
The Collect of the Day
Presider:    The Lord be with you.
People:        And also with you.
Presider:    Let us pray.
O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Readings
The First Reading – Numbers 11:24-30
Worship Leader:            A reading from the Book of Numbers.
So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.
Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’ And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, ‘My lord Moses, stop them!’ But Moses said to him, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!’ And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.
Worship Leader:            The Word of the Lord.

People:                                    Thanks be to God.
The Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 104:25-35,37

Worship Leader:          The responsorial psalm appointed for today is a portion of Psalm    
104. We will pray these verses responsively by whole verse. 
25 O Lord, how manifold are your works! *
       in wisdom you have made them all;
       the earth is full of your creatures.
26 Yonder is the great and wide sea
   with its living things too many to number, *
       creatures both small and great.

27 There move the ships,
   and there is that Leviathan, *
       which you have made for the sport of it.
28 All of them look to you *
       to give them their food in due season.
29 You give it to them; they gather it; *
       you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30 You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
       you take away their breath,
       and they die and return to their dust.

31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
       and so you renew the face of the earth.
32 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; *
       may the Lord rejoice in all his works.
33 He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
       he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; *
       I will praise my God while I have my being.
35 May these words of mine please him; *
       I will rejoice in the Lord.
37 Bless the Lord, O my soul. *
The Second Reading – Acts 2:1-21

Worship Leader:            A reading from the Book of Acts.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they 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.
The following section will be read aloud in French.
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.’
The following section will be read aloud in Mandarin.
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:
The following section will be read aloud in Spanish.
              “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.
              Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
                in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
                  and they shall prophesy.
              And I will show portents in the heaven above
                and signs on the earth below,
                blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
               The sun shall be turned to darkness
                and the moon to blood,
              before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
              Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Worship Leader:            The Word of the Lord.

People:                                    Thanks be to God.
Hymn 511 “Holy Spirit, ever living” v. 1
1. Holy Spirit, ever living
as the Church’s very life;
Holy Spirit, ever striving
through her in a ceaseless strife;
Holy Spirit, ever forming
in the Church the mind of Christ;
thee we praise with endless worship
for thy fruits and gifts unpriced.
The Holy Gospel – 20:19-23

Presider:    The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
People:        Glory to you, Lord Christ.

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 Jews, 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.’
Presider:    The Gospel of the Lord.
People:        Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Hymn 511 “Holy Spirit, ever living” v. 2
2. Holy Spirit, ever working
through the Church’s ministry;
quickening, strengthening, and absolving,
setting captive sinners free;
Holy Spirit, ever binding
age to age, and soul to soul,
in a fellowship unending
thee we worship and extol.
Reflection                                                                                                                                                                 The Rev. Erin Hensley
Renewal of Baptismal Vows BCP p.303
Presider:            Let us join with those who long to commit themselves to Christ and renew
our own baptismal covenant.
The Baptismal Covenant
Presider:    Do you believe in God the Father?
People:        I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Presider:    Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People:        I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
                            He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
                               and born of the Virgin Mary.
                            He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
                               was crucified, died, and was buried.
                            He descended to the dead.
                            On the third day he rose again.
                            He ascended into heaven,
                              and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
                            He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Presider:    Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People:        I believe in the Holy Spirit,
                            the holy catholic Church,
                            the communion of saints,
                            the forgiveness of sins,
                             the resurrection of the body,
                            and the life everlasting.
Presider:    Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers?
People:        I will, with God's help.
Presider:    Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People:        I will, with God's help.
Presider:    Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
People:        I will, with God's help.
Presider:    Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People:        I will, with God's help.
Presider      Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
People          I will, with God's help.
Prayers of the People
The Associated Parishes of Liturgy for Mission
Worship Leader:          We have not received a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear.
                                                      We have received a spirit of adoption.
                                                      Let us pray with confidence, then,
                                                      to the one who hears and answers when we ask,
                                                      as we say:
                                                      “May your Holy Spirit guide us into truth.”
Worship Leader:          God who orders all things for the common good,
                                                      we pray for the church.
                                                      We hold before you the wider Episcopal Church,
                                                      and our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry.
                                                      We pray, too, for this Diocese, and our Bishops, Andy, Kai, Jeff, and Hector {pause for silent prayer}
                                                      Set us aflame with the Spirit’s power.
                                                      Cause hearts to overflow with courage and conviction.
                                                      Announce in word and witness the marvels you have done.
                                                      We pray to you, O God:
People:                                  May your Holy Spirit guide us into truth.
Worship Leader:          God who makes of us joint heirs with Christ,
                                                      we pray for those seeking baptism,
                                                      who, with the baptized, have been given to drink of one Spirit,
                                                      {pause for silent prayer}
                                                      Awaken dreams and visions.
                                                      Loosen tongues to prophesy.
                                                      Make of us signs of your Spirit,
                                                      outpoured in the heavens and upon the earth.
                                                      We pray to you, O God:
People:                                  May your Holy Spirit guide us into truth.
Worship Leader:          O God, you open your hand
                                                      and fill your creatures with good things.
                                                      We pray for every nation under heaven, especially the United States of America
                                                      {pause for silent prayer}
                                                      Let the good news resound in every tongue.
                                                      Kindle gladness in all your works.
                                                      May your glory endure now and forever.
                                                      We pray to you, O God:
People:                                  May your Holy Spirit guide us into truth.
Worship Leader:          God who hears the cry of those in need,
                                                      we pray for all who know poverty or displacement
                                                      {pause for silent prayer}
                                                      Come, Father of the poor.
                                                      Come, generous Spirit.
                                                      Set free and restore the creatures you have fashioned.
                                                      We pray to you, O God:
People:                                  May your Holy Spirit guide us into truth.

Worship Leader:          How manifold are your works, O God of wisdom!
                                                      We pray for the health and wellbeing of creation.
                                                      {pause for silent prayer}
                                                      Send forth your spirit.
                                                      Renew the face of the earth.
                                                      Stir our hearts to rejoice in all your works.
                                                      We pray to you, O God:
People:                                  May your Holy Spirit guide us into truth.
Worship Leader:          Abba! Father,
                                                      we pray for those weighed down by despair,
                                                      suffering from addiction,
                                                      or burdened by illness, particularly those on our parish prayer list,
                                                      {pause for silent prayer}
                                                      Deliver them from fear.
                                                      Fill them with hope.
                                                      Give them to know the glorious liberty
                                                      of those you adopt and name as your children.
                                                      We pray to you, O God:
People:                                  May your Holy Spirit guide us into truth.
Worship Leader:         God of yesterday, today, and forever,
                                                      we remember those whom we love but see no longer, especially Harold David Norman, David Norman’s father,
                                                      {pause for silent prayer}
                                                      Have mercy on the Beloved.
                                                      Awaken both the living and the dead.
                                                      Raise us into the splendor of endless Easter.
                                                      We pray to you, O God:
People:                                  May your Holy Spirit guide us into truth.
Presider:                  God who hears and answers prayer,
                                          you have turned our Lenten ashes
                                          into the life-giving fire of Pentecost.
                                          Like the first disciples in Jerusalem,
                                          send us out into our daily worlds
                                          proclaiming your wonderful works.
                                          Together, may we stand as a sign and foretaste of your Kingdom,
                                          a covenant to the people,
                                          a light to the nations.
                                          We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ,
                                          the Risen and Ascended Lord. Amen.
Congregational Offertory Hymn “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow”
Sung to the tune of Hymn 618 “Ye watchers and ye holy ones"
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Oh, praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Oh, praise Him! Oh, praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
The Prayer attributed to St. Francis
Presider & People:       
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Presider:    And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
Presider & People:
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 trespasses,
  as we forgive those
 who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
   but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
 and the power, and the glory,
   for ever and ever. Amen.
Day of Pentecost Blessing
Presider:            May Almighty God, who enlightened the minds of the disciples by pouring out upon them the Holy Spirit, make you rich with his blessing, that you may abound more and more in that Spirit for ever. Amen.

                                    May God, who sent the Holy Spirit as a flame of fire that rested upon the heads of the disciples, burn out all evil from your hearts, and make them shine with the pure light of his presence. Amen.
                                    May God, who by the Holy Spirit caused those of many tongues to proclaim Jesus as Lord, strengthen your faith and send you out to bear witness to him in word and deed. Amen.
                                    And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.
The Peace
Presider:                  The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:                      And also with you.
Hymn 438 “Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord” v. 1, 2, and 3
1. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Savior shall my heart rejoice.
2. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age the same;
his holy Name-the Lord, the Mighty One.
3. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
The Dismissal
Presider:                  Alleluia, alleluia! Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of  the  Spirit.
People:                      Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!
Sending Music
              Songs of Thankfulness and Praise                                                                  Hal Hopson                  
Director of Music, Dottie Norman

St. Alban’s Parish Prayer List
Elmer A., Kellsey B., Rosanne C., Becky C., Tanyia C. and David H.,
Lee and Rachel D. and family, El Buen Samaritano staff, Kristofer E., Addie F.,
Dr. Farrish and family,  Ellie H., Guyanese Community NY, Carter L., Abigail J., Jodi J.,
Jim M. Richard and Shannon M.,
Menchaca Elementary School, Chris, Eleanor, and Meredith M.,
 David N. and family, Nancy P., Michael R.,
 Bobby and Kim R., Fred R., Gus and Lauren R., Elizabeth, Evans, and Susannah S., Tom S.,
Haley T., Ashley V., Robby V., Michael W., Ron W.
To add a request to the published prayer list and or the private, unpublished prayer list prayed for by St. Alban’s Daughters of the King, go to Scroll down on the
home page to the welcome box. Then, click on the link to submit a prayer request online. You can choose on this link whether this prayer request is for the public or private prayer list. Please note prayer requests remain on the list for one month unless the request is renewed.

Ministry Leaders:

  • If you would like to reserve space at St. Alban's for your ministry, please use the Facilities Reservation Request Form found here.
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