Worship at 9:30am, Spiritual Growth Minutes at 9:08am

June 8, 2014                                                                              Pentecost

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Come, Holy Spirit! The Spirit is given on the first Christian Pentecost in fulfillment of promise and prophecy, and he continues to come to his faithful through Word and sacrament. Thus the Church never ceases to be renewed and to grow.

Order of Service: Service of the Word, page 38 in front of the hymnal

Opening Hymn- Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord, #176

Prayer of the Day: Holy Spirit, God and Lord, come to us this joyful day with your sevenfold gift of grace. Rekindle in our hearts the holy fire of your love that in a true and living faith we may tell abroad the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, one God, now and forever. Amen (sung)

First Lesson- Joel 2:28,29

Joel prophesies the outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost heralding the dawn of the New Testament church. This outpouring will show itself in visions and dreams granted by God, but especially in the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ by young and old, men and women, and all to whom the Spirit is given.

Psalm of the Day- Psalm 51b, page 87 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson- Acts 2:1-21

In fulfillment of Jesus' promise and Joel's prophecy the Holy Spirit comes upon the apostles and disciples in Jerusalem on Pentecost. Boldly and with a miraculous gift of language the apostles preach the wonderful works of God in Christ Jesus to the crowd that assembles to hear and see what is happening. Peter, speaking for all the apostles, preaches a bold sermon of repentance and faith in Jesus.

Gospel Lesson- John 16:5-11

On the night of his betrayal the Lord Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to his disciples. The Spirit will come for their consolation and empowerment, and to judgment of unbelief that rejects the Son.

Hymn of the Day- Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling, #182

Sermon- Acts 2:1-13—Pentecost Is God's Harvest Festival

Hymn- God Has Spoken by His Prophets, #281

Closing Hymn- May the Grace of Christ Our Savior, #326