At CCC, we honor and celebrate people
of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual orientations & gender identities.

10:30 A.M. SERVICE OF WORSHIP | PENTECOST SUNDAY

*Please stand as you are able
Please turn off mobile phones before worship begins

Let us now enter into the Holy One’s presence.

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

We invite you to sign & pass the red pew registers as worship begins

PRELUDE, O Lux Beatissima
Men’s Quartet

O lux beatissima, O Light most blessed,
Reple cordis intima, Fill the inmost heart
Tuorum fidelium. Of all thy faithful.

Sine tuo numine, Without your grace,
Nihil est in homine, There is nothing in us,
Nihil est innoxium. Nothing that is not harmful.

*CALL TO WORSHIP
The Middle School Church School Class

In the beginning, when it was very dark, God said: “Let there be light.”

And there was light.

[The sign of light—a lighted candle—is placed on a central table.]

In the beginning, when it was very quiet, the Word was with God.

And the Word was God.

[The sign of the Word—an open Bible—is placed on the table.]

When the time was right, God sent a Son.

He came among us and was one of us.

[The sign of the Son—a rose—is placed on the table.]

A SERVICE IN THE STYLE OF TAIZÉ

Taizé is a village in the eastern part of France and home to an ecumenical monastic community. Contemplative prayer is the center of their life. In Taizé, the music is simple and repetitive. It is meant to be sung by the people, not just the choir, so please join in. The service is meant to be quiet and contemplative, yet also joyous and exuberant. As we sing, you may wish to come forward and light a tea light, or simply stay in your seats, sing the chants, and meditate.

*CHANT, Sing Praise and Bless the Lord 


INVOCATION OF THE SPIRIT & THE LORD’S PRAYER
The Middle School Church School Class

Come to us God; open our locked doors and hearts. Enter in. Dust us off and makes us new. Let us listen to your breath within for it is the stirring of belief. Let us voice our doubts for that is the making of faith. Lead us to a generous response to your love for that is discipleship. We pray together saying …

Holy God, who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. AMEN

*CHANT Holy Spirit, come to us

SCRIPTURE READING, Acts 2:1-6
The Middle School Church School Class

*CHANT OF PREPARATION, In the Lord 

SCRIPTURE READING, Acts 2:14-17, 21
Pastor Matt Braddock

MEDITATION
Pastor Matt Braddock

CALL TO OFFERING
Pastor Gloria Grant

OFFERTORY, Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God
Chancel Choir Keith Getty & Stuart Townend, arr. Lloyd Larson
Meleny Weber, cello

Holy Spirit, living Breath of God, breathe new life into my willing soul.
Bring the presence of the risen Lord to renew my heart and make me whole.
Cause your Word to come alive in me; give me faith for what I cannot see.
Give me passion for your purity; Holy Spirit, breathe new life in me.

Holy Spirit, come abide within; may our joy be seen in all I do.
Love enough to cover ev’ry sin in each thought and deed and attitude.
Kindness to the greatest and the least; gentleness that sows the path of peace.
Turn my striving into works of grace. Breath of God, show Christ in all I do.

Holy Spirit, from creation’s birth, giving life to all that God has made.
Show your power once again on earth, cause your church to hunger for your ways.
Let the fragrance of our prayers arise; lead us on the road of sacrifice,
That in unity the face of Christ will be clear for all the world to see.

*DOXOLOGY | OLD HUNDREDTH

Praise God whose breath fills all the earth
Whose love reveals our sacred worth
Whose Spirit forms one family
Whose grace brings peace and harmony.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
The Middle School Church School Class

O God, for all that we have, and all that we are, we give you thanks.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

CCC practices open communion. Anyone who seeks the love of God is welcome at the Table. Jesus shared his life for the whole world; we seek to be as welcoming and open as he is. Ushers will invite you to come forward by row from the center aisle. As you approach the Table, you may take bread and then dip the bread in the cup, returning to your seat by the side aisle.

Invitation

Prayer of Blessing

God, as we come to share the richness of your table, we cannot forget the rawness of the earth. We cannot take bread and forget those who are hungry. Your world is one world and we are stewards of its nourishment.

God, put our fullness at the service of the poor.

We cannot take wine and forget those who are thirsty. The ground and the rootless, the earth and its weary people cry out for justice.

God, put our fullness at the service of the empty.

We cannot hear your words of peace and forget the world at war or, if not at war, then preparing for it.

Show us quickly, God, how to turn weapons into welcome signs and the lust for power into a desire for peace.

We cannot celebrate the feast of your family and forget our divisions. We are one in spirit, but not in fact. History and hurt still dismember us.

God, heal your church in every brokenness.

Words of Institution

Sharing the Bread and the Cup

Prayer of Thanksgiving

COMMUNION HYMN, Eat This Bread


RECOGNIZING OUR GRADUATES

Today we also take the time to honor and bless our graduating seniors. They have worked long hours in school, developed lasting friendships, shaped our church’s youth program and explored a variety of endeavors that have shaped them. We at CCC have the unique responsibility to offer a blessing on the young women and men they have become. Will our graduating High School seniors please come forward?

Responsive Prayer

God of Life, we marvel at the individuals these students have come to be. We remember watching them growing up in faith, questioning, exploring, serving and leading. We pray that you keep them in your care as they embark on the next part of their faith journey, beyond the walls of our church and the arms of our community. We offer thanks for these youth and pray your blessings be upon them wherever they are led. God of all, help these young people recognize the new beginning that they are facing is one of many they will experience in their lives. Foster in them gratitude for the blessings of family and community, and sustain them with the gifts of understanding, grace and forgiveness as they move into the world as adults and face the challenges and joys that will shape them.

Mother-Father God, protect these individuals with whom we have had the privilege of sharing their childhood. Guide them when the path they seek is hard to find or leads to a dead end. Strengthen them when the pressures of the world leave them feeling weak. May they embody your Spirit and be instruments of your love throughout the days of their lives. AMEN.

*BENEDICTION
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

POSTLUDE, Set Me as a Seal
Men’s Quartet

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death.
Many waters cannot quench love; neither can the floods drown it.

A special thank you to the Men’s Quartet (Dan Pence, Rick Brush, Tom Ault & Dave Ackerman), our musicians (Lynne Joseloff, Jane Weber & Meleny Weber) and cantors (Rick Brush & Sandi Zeese) for sharing their musical talents with us this morning.

Musical resources printed in our worship bulletins are used with permission under CCLI License No. 2837543

The flowers on the altar are donated by Albert Papazian
in memory of Alin S. Papazian

The Sanctuary Committee invites you to take a bouquet of flowers, made from the beautiful altar arrangement, to someone to whom you’d like to extend support and prayers.
You will find the bouquets in the church lobby window after the worship service.

THIS WEEK IN PASTORAL CARE

As the church of God in this place, we ask your prayers for the persons listed below. If persons no longer need our immediate prayers, please let the church office know so we can keep the list current.

Immediate Care … We ask your prayers for Merlene Bagley; Corine Bloss; Erven Boettner; Carl Brandt; Jenni Bunch; Jean, Randy and Ellen Caswell; Grace Dietz; Ben Gallup; Ruth Kaupert; Tina Lincoln; Doris Raber; Barbara Thorn; Harriett Duff, mother of Larry Duff; Steve Edwards, brother-in-law of Marti Hoffacker; Alice McElhinney, mother of Alison Petersen.

In Memoriam: Steve Caudill, step-father of Trisha Lay; Elijah Simpson-Sundell; Mary Kukis, mother of Maggie Hawkins; Barry Johnson; Helen Mae Davis, granddaughter of David and Maureen Squires; Richard Skinner; Grace Dietz

For more information on Pastoral Care needs, see our Prayer and Care Booklet, found in the lobby.

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