Pentecost – 5/31/20

All! – Acts 2.1-13
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Lord, you give us the joy of celebrating Easter again and again throughout this season. Give us also the joys of life in your service, and bring us at last to the full joy of life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In keeping with Governor Northam and Bishop Lewis, we will not be gathering in-person so long as there is a risk for those who would come to church. We at Cokesbury, and the United Methodist Church in Virginia, are still discerning whether or not this is the right course of action in the present moment. Particularly considering that the zip-code surrounding Cokesbury has the highest number of cases of any zip-code in the state.
We will keep everyone updated as to our plans going forward and we will continue to provide online worship until it is safe for us to gather together in person again.
Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our immediate community.
Until we are back together in person, online giving can be made on our About page on the church website, which will be linked in the video description for live worship as well as checks through the mail.
We’ve been sending out regular emails from the church about opportunities for online Bible Studies, devotionals, prayer requests, and updates on our local community. If you are not receiving those emails, and would like to, please send an email to

Hymn 249 – Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of his glory and grace.

Lord, the wildness of the Spirit compels our attention, and today we pray for hearts that might catch aflame with the good news of your salvation. We confess, however, that amidst the tedium of worshipping online, and learning about the scriptures through email, the worship of You feels like a job – just “one more things” on our to do list. Thank you, therefore, for the unsettling ofour lives, wherein we discover the splendor of the kingdom made possible by your Son, Jesus Christ. We pray that you will ever be here among and within us, unsettling our attempts to domesticate the wildness of your Spirit…

And as you taught us, so now we 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 forever. Amen.


Scripture: Acts 2.1-13:
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Hymn 393 – Spirit of the Living God
V1. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
V2. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.
Melt us, mold us, fill us, use us.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.

Sermon: All!


Lord of grace, you sent the promised gift of the Holy Spirit upon those first followers, upon Mary the mother of Jesus and his brothers, and even upon us. Fill your church with power, kindle flaming hearts within us, and cause us to proclaim your mighty works in every tongue; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Offering – Reminder for online giving, through the mail, or the drop slot at the church.

Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. 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.

Calling A Thing What It Is:
A Christian is someone who says what a thing is, calls a spade a spade.
I said that a few weeks ago after the developments in the Ahmaud Arbery murder came into public focus, and we need those words again. We need those words again because, as Christians, we have an obligation to love one another as followers of Jesus. We are called to speak the truth about what is right and wrong and good and evil in our society. We need to establish contexts where we can have real disputes with others. The conflicts and conversations will hurt and not everyone will be happy with the result; but at least we’ll be talking about things that really matter.
This week, as much as is possible, look again at what you are culturally consuming. How many books have you read by black authors? How many black actors on on your favorite television shows? If there are any, are they the heroes or the villains? Talk with a friend or a family member about how you see the effects of racism around you. Pray to God and confess the ways you’ve been complicit in reinforcing stereotypes.
Consider this worship service a book hurled in your direction. What will come from it?


Blessing and Benediction