Spirit is Upon Us Celebration

Spirit is Upon Us Celebration
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Spirit is Upon Us Celebration Introduction:
The water source for the community is a place where all are admitted, no club membership needed to access this sustainer of daily life.
Our psalm is brimming with dyads. As the sun illuminates all, the Creator rules over all. The psalm informs us that we must remain attentive to the Lord’s instruction.
Paul wants us to see something more valuable than perceiving unity as uniformity. It is the Holy Spirit that strengthens our best qualities to be used for the good of all. We are individuals within communities, all with strengths as a part and within the whole. It is no reason to separate and apply boundaries between communities as far as the Holy Spirit seeks to join all of mankind.
Luke describes how Jesus overcomes temptation through strength from the Holy Spirit. The poor are raised up in the Lord’s favor. In the year of the Jubilee the poor are to be treated as hired hands and not slaves. Jesus validates and removes all doubt that He is the person who is the fulfillment of scriptural prophecy. How can we expect the people from all walks of life within the community to respond to this proclamation?

Thy grace, O Father, give,
That I may serve in fear;
Above all boons, I pray,
Grant me Thy voice to hear;
From sin Thy child in mercy free,
And let me dwell in light with Thee.

– Gregory of Nazianzus (Cappadocia, Turkey, BCE 325-390).

How Great Thou Art
Carl Gustav Boberg (1949).

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God; to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God; to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art!

Spirit is Upon Us Celebration Scripture:
The joy of the LORD is your strength. Neh. 8:10.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Ps. 19:14.
For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. 1 Cor. 12:13.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Luke 4:18. Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing. Luke 4:21.

O Lord God,
you spoke your word
and revealed your good news in Jesus, the Christ.
Fill all creation with that word again,
so that by proclaiming your joyful promises to all nations
and singing of your glorious hope to all peoples,
we may become one living body,
your incarnate presence on the earth. Amen.

Let Us Break Bread Together
African American Spiritual – Sing Joyfully!
performed by Wintry Phipps

Let us break bread together on our knees.
Let us break bread together on our knees.

When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

Sisters and brothers,
let us lift our hearts in faith
to the one who hears all prayers
and holds close all those in need.

Holy God, you gather the whole universe
into your radiant presence
and continually reveal your Son as our Savior.
Bring healing to all wounds,
make whole all that is broken,
speak truth to all illusion,
and shed light in every darkness,
that all creation will see your glory and know your Christ. Amen.

Joy to the World
Isaac Watts (1719).

Joy to the world! the Lord is come: let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course lively discussion and activities will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!
Please Contact Us with Special Requests!