Order of Worship for Sunday, June 9, 2019

Posted June 7th, 2019


The Haitian language has roots in French, Spanish and West African dialects.

French is also an official language in Haiti, but only the well educated

upper class know how to speak it.



God’s diverse, multilingual creation is called forth to speak the Good News to all the world.


Gathering Music    “Here I Am, Lord”    – Daniel Schutte/Hayes

Sharing Time

….a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Moment of Mission    “The Reuter Organ”    – Kendra Flory

Focusing Music    “All Hail the Power”    – arr. Robert Lau

*Words for Gathering


Unpredictable, irrepressible, dancing, laughing Spirit, when we’re tempted to be cautious and hesitate,


Draw us forward into the surprising and joyful future you have waiting for us.


Unpredictable, elusive Spirit, when we’re tempted to opt for certainty,


Free our spirits to adventure and risk, as your people have always done.


Unpredictable, people-loving, freedom-loving Spirit, when we’re tempted to be shackled to comfort and conformity,


Enable us to leave such things behind, call us through your people into the surprise of each new day.


Clear our vision, so we may see things, to which we’ve paid no attention in the past.


Sharpen our listening, so we may hear pleadings and cries we’ve never heard before.


Strengthen our hands, so we may do things we’ve previously not dared try.


Put a new spring into our step, so we may follow your leading into new situations. Draw us dancing and laughing into tomorrow.

– written by John Connan

*Gathering Song    “Spirit of Life”    Insert

Old Testament Scripture    Genesis 11: 1-9

“Cultural diversity is the consequence of God’s design for the world.”  Ralph W. Kline


At the dawn of Creation we were – One Earth.

We were one people with one language – in one place.

We built one city, one tower – and laid claim to one name for ourselves.

Our need was for cultural solidarity and identity.

At the dawn of Creation we were – One Earth.

And then…….

YHWH mixed our language and our people.

YHWH dispersed us to multiple places.

We became many languages, many peoples in many places – on One Earth.

YHWH sought an extravagant array of cultural diversity and identity.

The Spirit of YHWH entered our souls and expanded our capacities and our capabilities.

The Spirit of YHWH entered our lives and Creation expanded and blossomed –

continuing and feeding the cycle of re-creation.    KAFW

Invitation to Give

Giving Music    “The Voice”    – Stanton Lanier

Giving Prayer    “Somewhere someone:”    by Binkley & McKell/jke (adapted)

Children’s Time

Following story: Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

New Testament Scripture    Acts 2: 1-21

These are the many who can tell the gospel in every language, who can bear witness to the ends of the earth in the languages of the people of the world.

Pentecost affirms the divine sanction of multilingualism and diversity whereby the Good News is shared with all of creation.

Margaret P. Aymer (paraphrase)

Song of Witness    “God Who Stretched”    #414

Ordination of Joanna Davidson Smith

Ordination Vows/Congregational Response    Western Plains District Executive – Sonja Griffith

Anointing/Prayer    Reverend Kenneth Davidson

Proclamation and Charge    Sonja Griffith

Response    Joanna Smith Davidson

Centering Silence and Prayer

after an intentional pause – please join in singing the closing song

*Closing Song    “What a Wonderful World”    Screens

*Sending Words

*Sending Music

You may greet Joanna at a cookie reception

in the Good Shepherd Foyer, immediately after worship.


*Please rise in body and/or spirit.

Ask about: Large Print Bulletins/Hymnals and/or

How to use the ‘Hearing Loop’ or a ‘Sound Mate

Reminder: The bulletin announcements/weekly newsletter are sent to your email address every Friday. You may receive a paper copy from an usher or pick one up from the stand by the elevator, on the sanctuary level, or from the literature rack immediately inside the front door of the Education Building.


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