Adult Service — May 31, 2020

Pentecost Sunday

Below is the service each person or family can use for Sunday worship in their homes. Let’s all try to start worship at 10:45 on Sunday Mornings. As you gather for worship, please think about who you can  Facetime  or otherwise electronically connect to your worship. If you want to worship individually, please say this service out loud.

If you’re worshipping as a family, the head of the household should lead worship. This means the Father, but, if the Father is not available, then the Mother should lead. Some parts of the service (such as the Scripture reading and prayers) can be delegated out to others as they become familiar with the service.

The group responses are in blue.

Please don’t worry about how “messy” these family worship times can be. Children will get distracted, others may be embarrassed to participate. The goal is to come together and worship the Lord. Have fun with it!


Worship Service

The coming of COVID-19 came through our lives like a wrecking ball.  It has brought new realities, and thus, new questions to our lives.  This five part sermon series is designed to answer the five most asked theological questions brought out by this pandemic.  We are also creating a webpage with short, videoed answers to the other questions.  We pray this series serves as a compass to you and those you love as we navigate these new waters.

OPENING SONGS

THREE OPENING SONGS:
1. Before the Throne of God Above; 2. Lord I Need You; 3. Rest Upon Us

Leader: Blessed be God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

And blessed be his Kingdom, now and forever.  Amen!

Leader: 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, forever and ever. 

Amen.

READING: John 14:18-27

SERMON

Rev. Hamilton Smith

REFLECTION TIME

Take ten minutes to reflect upon what was preached.  To help, ask yourself/your family these questions:

  1. What was your favorite part of the sermon and/or reading?
  2. What do you have questions about?
  3. What was the most comforting part?
  4. What was the most challenging part?
  5. How is the Holy Spirit causing you to respond to this sermon?  What action(s) do you need to do?

REFLECTION SONG

REFLECTION SONG
Mystery

Leader: Let us now reaffirm our faith in the words of the ancient baptismal confession, the Apostles’ Creed.

Celebrant: Do you believe and trust in God the Father?

I do.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant: Do you believe and trust in Jesus Christ?

I do.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by 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.

Celebrant: Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?

I do.
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. Amen.

Leader: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Almighty and most merciful Father;
We have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep,
We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
We have offended against your holy laws,
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
And we have done those things which we ought not to have done,
And there is no health in us.
But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders;
Spare those, O God, which confess their faults,
Restore those that are penitent,
According to your promises declared unto us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
That we may hereafter live a Godly, righteous, and sober life,
To the glory of your holy Name.
Amen.

Leader: Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
Who of his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins
To all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him;
Have mercy upon us; pardon and deliver us from all our sins;
Confirm and strengthen us in all goodness;
And bring us to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

PRAYERS

Leader: The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Leader: Let us pray.

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.

Leader: We pray for this community of St. Thomas’ Church, that by the power of your Holy Spirit, you would so knit us together, that our love and care for one another might be a catalyst for those around us to trust in Jesus and find true belonging in his body.
Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our Prayer.

Leader: For all those who proclaim the Gospel at home and abroad, especially:

  • Shay and Hamilton, our clergy;
  • Kathy, our Families’ and Children’s Minister;
  • Adam, our Student Minister;
  • Shane Williams and Warren Bazemore, our missionaries to the arts;
  • The Rev. Robert Sturdy and St. Alban’s, the Citadel;
  • The Rev. Justin Hare and CCO College Ministries, Clemson University;
  • Pastor Jose Maria Sandino and the Church of God of Prophecy in Rio Mena, Nicaragua; that many would come to love and follow Jesus through their ministries.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our Prayer.

Leader: For those with whom we live, work, play, and learn that have not put their trust in Jesus Christ. Please pray for three people either silently or aloud.
Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our Prayer.

Leader: For our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted for their faith, that many would come to faith by their witness. (Please pray for a Church or Country silently or aloud.)
Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our Prayer.

Leader: For our nation, for those in authority, and for all in public service, that they may impartially administer justice, uphold integrity and truth, and restrain wickedness and vice.
Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our Prayer.

Leader: For all those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. Please pray for those in need either silently or aloud.
Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our Prayer.

Leader: Heavenly Father, grant these our prayers for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

CLOSING SONG

CLOSING SONG
Praise the Father, Praise the Son

Leader: Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time, with one accord, to make our common prayers to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that we two or three are gathered together in his Name you will grant their requests.

Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us, granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting.

Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore.

Amen.