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Worship Bulletin—May 19, 2024

Prelude: Sing When the Spirit Says Sing (arr. Jan Marvyn Youngblood)

Call to Worship

One (English):
Holy Spirit, in the beginning you moved over the waters.
From your breath all creation drew life.
Without you, life turns to dust.

All (English): Come, Holy Spirit!

One (Swahili):
Mshauri Mtakatifu, kwa uvuvio wako manabii walinena na kutenda kwa imani.
Uliwavika uwezo wa kuwa watumishi wa Neno lako.
Holy Counselor, by your inspiration the prophets spoke and acted in faith.
You clothed them in power to be bearers of your Word.

All (English): Holy Counselor, come!

One (Arabic):
يا روح القوة، أتيت كالنار إلى تلاميذ يسوع؛ وأعطيتهم صوتا أمام حكام هذا العالم.
Spirit of Power, you came as fire to Jesus’ disciples; you gave them voice before the rulers of this world.

All (English): Strengthen us, Spirit of Power!

One (French):
Esprit Sanctifiant, tu fais de nous le temple vivant de ta présence;
tu intercèdes en nous avec des soupirs trop profonds pour les mots.
Sanctifying Spirit, you make us the living temple of your presence;
you intercede within us with sighs too deep for words.

All (English): Be alive in us, Sanctifying Spirit!

One (Korean):
성령이시여, 당신은 당신이 세우신 교회를 인도하십니다. 당신께서는 우리에게 선물의 주십니다 – 지혜의 성령
Holy Spirit, you guide the Church that you have created. You give us gifts—The spirit of wisdom…

One (Swahili):
Roho ya ujasiri…
The spirit of courage…

One (Arabic):
روح القداسة…
The spirit of holiness…

One (French):
L’ esprit de respect…
The spirit of reverence…

One (Korean):
모든 창조 만물이 아버지의 뜻대로 될수있게 하시도록
…so that the whole creation may become what you want it to be.

All (English): Holy Spirit, guide us and be with us.

One (English):
True and only Light, who gives us every good gift,
send your Spirit into our lives with the power of a mighty wind.
Open our minds by the flame of your wisdom.
Loosen our tongues to praise you,
for only in your Spirit can we embody your peace
and proclaim Jesus as Lord.

Song: I’m Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing

I’m gonna sing when the spirit says sing
I’m gonna sing when the spirit says sing
I’m gonna sing when the spirit says sing
And obey the spirit of the Lord

I’m gonna shout …

I’m gonna preach …

I’m gonna pray …

I’m gonna sing …

Traditional. © Public Domain. CCLI License # 133385.

Prayer of Confession

Almighty God, you called the church into being.
By water and your Holy Spirit you baptized us to be your own.
In every time and place, we find our true identity and belonging in you.

Yet we often turn our attention and actions away from you.
We fail to see your presence in the ordinary events of our lives.
We do not listen for your voice of grace.
We fail to speak the good news of your love in word and deed,
to live as a people made one in Christ,
to participate in your ministry of reconciliation.
Forgive us.

Through the cross, you show us the way of love.
Through the resurrection, you show us a way of life.
Renew our faith and transform our lives as we seek to follow you here and now.

Assurance of Pardon

One: Friends, believe the good news:
All: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and are being made whole. Amen.

Passing the Peace

One: The peace of Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.

Regathering Music: Sweet, Sweet Spirit

There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place
And I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord
There are sweet expressions on each face
And I know they feel the presence of the Lord

Sweet Holy Spirit
Sweet heavenly dove
Stay right here with us
Filling us with your love
And for these blessings
We lift our hearts in praise
Without a doubt we’ll know
That we have been revived
When we shall leave this place

There are blessings you cannot receive
Till you know him in his fullness and believe
You’re the one to profit when you say
I am going to walk with Jesus all the way

Doris Akers. © 1962. Renewed 1990 Manna Music, Inc. CCLI License # 133385

Welcome & Litany of Parting

Adults: May God be with you there.
Children: May God be with you here.

Musical Reflection: Breathe On Me

Holy Spirit breathe on me
Until my heart is clean
Let sunshine fill its inmost part
With not a cloud between
Breathe on me breathe on me
Holy Spirit breathe on me
Take thou my heart cleanse ev’ry part
Holy Spirit breathe on me

Holy Spirit breathe on me
My stubborn will subdue
Teach me in words of living flame
What Christ would have me do
Breathe on me breathe on me
Holy Spirit breathe on me
Take thou my heart cleanse ev’ry part
Holy Spirit breathe on me

Holy Spirit breathe on me
Fill me with pow’r divine
Kindle a flame of love and zeal
Within this heart of mine
Breathe on me breathe on me
Holy Spirit breathe on me
Take thou my heart cleanse ev’ry part
Holy Spirit breathe on me

Holy Spirit breathe on me
Till I am all thine own
Until my will is lost in thine
To live for thee alone
Breathe on me breathe on me
Holy Spirit breathe on me
Take thou my heart cleanse ev’ry part
Holy Spirit breathe on me

B. B. McKinney, Edwin Hatch. © 1937. Renewed 1965 Broadman Press. CCLI License #133385

Scripture: Acts 1:1-14

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying: Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

One: The word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

Sermon: “Can I Get A Witness?”

Ordination / Installation of Officers

Do we, the members of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, accept these individuals as Elders, or Deacons, chosen by God through the voice of this congregation to lead us in the way of Jesus Christ? Do we agree to encourage them, to respect their decisions, and to follow as they guide us, serving Jesus Christ, who alone is head of the Church?
(We do.)

Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Call to Give

Song: Called As Partners

Called as partners in Christ’s service
Called to ministries of grace
We respond with deep commitment
Fresh new lines of faith to trace
May we learn the art of sharing
Side by side and friend with friend
Equal partners in our caring
To fulfill God’s chosen end

Christ’s example Christ’s inspiring
Christ’s clear call to work and worth
Let us follow never faltering
Reconciling folk on earth
Men and women richer poorer
All God’s people young and old
Blending human skills together
Gracious gifts from God unfold

Thus new patterns for Christ’s mission
In a small or global sense
Help us bear each other’s burdens
Breaking down each wall or fence
Words of comfort words of vision
Words of challenge said with care
Bring new power and strength for action
Make us colleagues free and fair

So God grant us for tomorrow
Ways to order human life
That surround each person’s sorrow
With a calm that conquers strife
Make us partners in our living
Our compassion to increase
Messengers of faith thus giving
Hope and confidence and peace

Jane Parker Huber, John Zundel. © Words: 1981 Huber, Jane Parker; Music: Public Domain.


Postlude: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Diane Bish. © 1980 Fred Bock Music Company.)

Worship Leaders

The Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell, Senior Pastor
The Rev. Mark Stryker, Associate Pastor for Community Care
The Rev. Drew Paton, Associate Pastor for Justice & Outreach
The Rev. Tom Elson, Associate Pastor for Ministerial Vocation & Mentorship
James Parrish Smith, Director of Music & the Arts
Michele Lebrun, Hospitality Coordinator
Liturgy: David Kyeu, Rachel Kim, Sophia Hanna, James Obert
Music: Phenius Lathon, Jeannine Anderson, Kal Saitoh, Oneal Dorsey


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