"The Spirit Will Teach You"

THE CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
sixth SUNDAY OF EASTER
May 22 2022

  • In Person Sunday, May 22, 11 a.m. (Mask optional for all)  This Sunday, Pastor Matt Lang's sermon is "The Spirit Will Teach You"  
  • Worship Live Streaming at 11 a.m. Click here for May 22nd streaming of live service.  (SERVICE IS LIVE 5/22 If it is blue, the link should  be working. If it is NOT blue "refresh" your page.) Complete service bulletin below. 
  •  After  the service, feel free to stay on Zoom for Heavenly Perks until 2:00 p.m., where we can see each other and visit just like we did at our Heavenly Perks coffee time (except you provide your own cuppa  tea/coffee).
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BULLETIN FOR STREAMING SERVICE

 

THE CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HOMEWOOD
MISSION STATEMENT

Through the grace of God, faith in Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we prayerfully seek to discern God’s will for this congregation and to reach beyond ourselves to feed the hungry, body and soul. Adopted by Session 7/31/17

PRAYER FOR PEACE

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

PRELUDE ||| Mary Ann Wenzelman


*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
God’s goodness is breaking into the world.
We do not expect the Spirit’s movement.
God gathers in those we judged to be outsiders.
We witness this in-breaking
as healing, wholeness, restoration, and peace.

*HYMN 694 ||| Great God of Every Blessing ||| Aurelia

CALL TO CONFESSION
We are a people living in sin. We are a people in need of God’s vision, praying for our eyes to be opened. We are a people in need of God’s reversal, praying for our hearts to be softened. We are a people in need of God’s reconciliation, praying that our faces might be illumined by God’s presence. Let us claim our need of God, confessing our sin together.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Gracious God, we equate our judgment with your judgment, and often consider our ways to be your ways. We define peace as the absence of disruption, holding our comfort as your aim and thinking our preferences reflect your way. Too often we act as if we are your authoritative witnesses, believing our worldview corresponds with your vision, and that our narrative contains your hope for the future. O God, dislodge us from our sinful assumptions. Forgive our selfish views. Correct us with your truth and teach us by your Spirit.
(silent prayer)
Amen.

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
It is the Lord who opens eyes to see. It is the Lord who softens hearts to hear. It is the Lord who returns us to God’s presence. Peace, peace, peace—you are loved. You are enough. You belong. In Jesus Christ you are restored.
Thanks be to our God forever and ever.

*THE GLORIA 581 
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN ||| Rev. Matt Lang

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING ||| Acts 16:9-15
9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. 11We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. 13On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. 14A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. 15When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.

SPECIAL MUSIC ||| Mary Ann Wenzelman


SECOND SCRIPTURE READING ||| John 14:23-29
23Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. 25”I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON ||| "The Spirit Will Teach You" ||| Rev. Matt Lang

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 295 ||| Go to the World! ||| Sine Nomine

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Brief Statement of Faith 1983
In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

*PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
…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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY ||| Mary Ann Wenzelman

*DOXOLOGY ||| 606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
See in our gifts our loyalty to you. We commit ourselves to both show forth and work for your kingdom to come. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 375 ||| Shall We Gather at the River ||| Hanson Place

CHARGE
Now go forth in Jesus’ name, remembering his new commandment to love one another, just as he has loved us.
Amen.

BENEDICTION
May the love of the holy triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—abide with you forever.
Alleluia!

POSTLUDE ||| Mary Ann Wenzelman

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Matt Lang, Pastor
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist

Worship Liturgist: Rod Dunlap
Usher: Phil Dillman
Web Techs: Laura Dillman, Phil Dillman, Kathie Hazlett, Susan Zorns

 

SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP ||| Next Sunday we will be reading Acts 16:16-34 and John 17:20-26.

PRAYER CHAIN – If you want prayer requests included on the prayer chain, contact Shirley Armistead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Calendar of Upcoming Virtual & in Person Meetings in May 2022

    • Sunday: Worship with us in person or live streaming, Sunday, May 22, The sermon title is "The Spirit Will Teach You".   To begin worship, click here to go to this Sunday's worship service page
    • First Monday: Next Book Study | Kathleen O'Hanlon & Joyce Anders
      Zoom Link:  7 pm-8:30 June 6, 2022 So, what do we read next? We have begun by reading and discussing the first 74 pages of "The Underground Railroad", a novel by Colson Whitehead. If you haven't started it isn't too late to join. Get the book and read through to page 142. It's a powerful book and we have had a lot of heartfelt discussion of the subject.  Suggested: Read through PP. 142. and come on in (Click on this link)
      Undeground RailroadUnderground Railroad Book for May
    • Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday Morning  at a Zoom meeting.  We are have just begun the book, "From Daughters To Disciples", Women's  Stories from the New Testament. The author is Lynn Japinga.  Read pp 18-24 for Tuesday.  And if you can't help yourself, start Chapter 2, "The Bent Over Woman".  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information (we formerly met at Panera and may meet at Panera again).
    • Tuesdays: | Tuesday Adult Education Class  | 7:00 pm Central Time | Tim VanNasdale
      Zoom Link for meeting:  Tuesdays, 7 pm (next class 05/24/22)    If  you are interested in participating in this book study, please click on the <--blue link or let us know through email: the church office  or phone: 708-798-0490 so we can include you in the weekly email notification with the Zoom link.
    • Zoom link for meeting Tuesday at 7 pm Illinois timeUpdate from Tim: There are 10 videos that we'll watch and discuss together. The titles for these videos are:
      • In the Footsteps of Abraham
      • The Exodus: From Egypt to Canaan
      • The Israelites Conquer the Promised Land
      • Israel's Rise to Prominence through David and Solomon
      • The Assyrian Invasion
      • The Babylonian Conquest of Judah
      • Investigating the Historical Authenticity of the New Testament
      • The Reliability of Luke and Acts
      • How Archeology Backs Up the New Testament
      • The Trial of Jesus
      The class is led by an author named Stephen Meyer. It focuses on methods for determining text historicity along with using insights from archeology as well. I'll likely be drawing in work from Titus Kennedy and Gleason Archer as we go through the course as well. I'm really looking forward to it.
    • Sundays: | SundayWorship Service  We are now worshiping in the church building at 11 am on Sunday mornings.Access to our Live Streaming Service can be found on the "Worship Page" | Post Sunday Streaming Worship Meet-up (aka Heavenly Perks) is beginning in person on May 22 
    • Healing & Wholeness Service date is: TBD.  We offer access to a Healing & Wholeness Service online  at any time.  This service is a time of reflection, prayer, and meditation.  This service can help us to experience anew God’s healing, peace-giving grace or refuel us for becoming agents of healing and reconciliation.  Taking time for this mimics a pattern for Jesus and his disciples.  They would be out in the thick of a clamoring multitude and then retreat to a quiet place to reconnect, recharge, and clarify their mission.  Our quiet place awaits us in this service online.  (Watch for an announcement for maybe private prayer time on Zoom after this service.) | Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for prayer needs request.

Looking forward | scripture readings for next sunday, May 29 -- Acts 16:16-34 and John 17:20-26

Acts 16:16-34 ||| Common English Bible

16One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” 18She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. 19But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. 20When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews 21and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.” 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 23After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. 24Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 34He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

John 17:20-26 ||| Common English Bible 

20”I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

 

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