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Sunday, May 31, 2020
Pentecost Sunday

As We Prepare For Worship

What can "top" the story of Easter? For fifty days, the Church has exalted in the glory of the resurrection of Jesus, shouting, "The Lord is risen" and "He is risen indeed." "This is the feast of victory" we've said and sung. But our risen Lord has told us there is more -- there is something greater. Today, on the great fiftieth day of our celebration, the Lord poured out in a dramatic way the Holy Spirit. Not as if the Spirit has been absent until now, for wherever faith is, there is the evidence of the working of God the Holy Spirit. Not a different helper, but the one true triune God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- is poured out into the world. We hear the mighty acts of God in our own language to this day. We heard God the Father say at our Lord's transfiguration, "Listen to Him." Today our attention is diverted from the Holy Spirit as He means to tell us, "It is all about Jesus!"


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Sermon by Pastor Dusan Toth

Welcome brothers and sisters at the Celebration of the Pentecost. I am glad to be connected with you virtually through this video.


In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit!


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love, Alleluia.
How many are your works, O Lord. In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them they gather it up.
When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love, Alleluia.


O God, on this day you once taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending them the light of your Holy Spirit.
Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice his holy consolation;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in communion with the same Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Reading: Acts 2:1-13

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: "Aren't all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs -- we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?" Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine."


I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
It is with the heart that man believes and is justified,
and it is with his mouth that he confesses and is saved.

Gospel: John 14:15-21

"If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever -- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them."

Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Hallelujah.


Prayer - The Lord's prayer.


The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you!
The Lord lift up his countenance on you and give you peace!

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