May 31, 2020

First Presbyterian Church of Wappingers Falls

Pentecost A – May 31, 2020


You may choose one leader or take turns among those gathered.
Click on the links for the hymns to listen or sing along.

Happy Pentecost!  Wear RED today to celebrate this festive day.

Prelude Pentecost Song

Opening Sentences

O Lord, open my lips.                                     Psalm 51:15
  and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

The Spirit of God renews the earth.               Psalm 104:30, 35
Bless the name of the Lord!

Opening Hymn Send Us Your Spirit

CALL TO WORSHIP            Psalm 104
I am awestruck, Holy One
   at this beautiful and boundless universe—
   gestated over eons with love and care.
Your creative intent envelopes the world like a cloak.
   I see it shining in the heavens, hear it whispering
   in the winds, feel it crackling in the fire.

For you energized the dust of the universe—
   the galaxies, the stars, the planets,
   right down to this jewel of an earth.
You birthed her like a golden babe
   from the fires under your heart.

She cooled, wrapped herself in water and in air.
The waters receded, the mountains rose
Storms shaped and softened the landscape
   and in time, she gave birth to life in her seas.

In the eons life evolved into myriad forms
   each with its own niche in your scheme.
With Your love, She taught each its place, its work, its song.
And humankind—you birthed us too. Gave us
   the world as our home and food–
   bread to eat, wine to make our hearts glad, herbs for
   healing, and oil to soothe our skin.
You gave us many songs, many powers, and put
   a restlessness in our hearts
   we could seek you always.

O Holy One, how manifold are your works
In your love and play you have birthed them all
   and raised them up.
I will sing your songs all my days
   and care for all you have created
                                                             –Christine Robinson
   and keep my heart ever open to your Love.
Come, let us worship our magnificent Creator God in open-hearted Love

Silent Prayer

Prayer of the Day
God our creator,
 earth has many languages, but your gospel proclaims your love to all nations in one heavenly tongue. 
Make us messengers of the good news that, through the power of your Spirit,
 all the world may unite in one song of praise; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Scripture Reading:  Numbers 11:24-30

Silent Reflection

Hymn Come Holy Spirit I Need You

Scripture Reading:  Acts 2:1-21

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Silent Reflection

Shared Reflection on the Scripture
“Pentecost” comes from a Greek word meaning “fiftieth day.”  On this day, the Holy Spirit came with wind and flame, empowering the disciples to proclaim the good news of the risen Lord to all people.  Pentecost is a day of new creation – all things transformed and made new by the Word and Breath of the living God.  On the Day of Pentecost, we give particular thanks for the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, who gathers the church as the body of Christ and sends us to share in Christ’s mission throughout the world. (Book of common Worship, p. 344)
When, where, how have you experienced the Holy Spirit in these weeks “on Pause?”  Be specific! 
Then, name who you can share that with – that’s the whole point.  Share the good news!!
I’ll start.  Some ways and times I experienced the Holy Spirit recently:
The love and generosity of volunteers coming to the church to cook, package and serve 85 to-go Free Community Dinners; and then wearily sitting down to “break bread” together with pizza as our meal, since every morsel of what we cooked was packed and served to our community.
Sharing moments of friendly, light-hearted conversation about sandwiches and cookies with men sleeping on the sidewalk in front of a church in Times Square; handing out hygiene kits and face masks so that people can live with even a small sliver of dignity and safety while living on the street.
My sons’ swim coach showing up to our house with candy and cards to remind them that they are loved and still part of a team, even after swim season is over, even while we are all at home and not able to swim.
The front page of last Sunday’s NY Times; listing the people who have died of Covid-19 since March, inviting us to see the magnitude of the death toll, giving us an opportunity to lament and grieve.
Righteous anger at injustice that burns with passion, brings about transformative change and renews the face of the earth.
Share your good news, your experiences of the Holy Spirit – call or email us.  Tell us who else you will share the good news with.  This is what gives us hope, what brings transformation.  This is what renews the face of the earth.  Come, Holy Spirit!
– Pastor Margery

 (When reflection time is concluded, Leader invites those gathered to join the responsive prayer below.) 

Canticle of Zechariah                      Luke 1:68-79

Refrain:  You have come to your people and set them free.

Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel;
 you have come to your people and set them free.
You have raised up for us a mighty Savior,
 born of the house of your servant, David. R

Through your holy prophets, you promised of old
 to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us,
 to show mercy to our forebears, and to remember your holy covenant. R

This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:
 to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
 free to worship you without fear,
 holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life. R

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
 for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,
 to give God’s people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. R

In the tender compassion of our God
 the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
 to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
 and to guide our feet into the way of peace. R

Prayers of Thanksgiving & Intercession

Satisfy us with your love in the morning,                   Psalm 90:14
 and we will live this day in joy and praise.
Mighty God of mercy, we thank you for the resurrection dawn
 bringing the glory of our risen Lord, who makes every day new.
Especially we thank you for
 the mission and ministry of the church…
 every service that proclaims your love…
 the people and relationships that sustain us…
 our calling to daily discipleship…
 signs of new life and hope…
 the evidence you provide of your Holy Spirit…
(specific prayers of thanks may be spoken here.
 If you would like to share them with the congregation, please call or email the church office.)

Merciful God of might, renew this weary world,
 heal the hurts of all your children,
 and bring about your peace for all in Christ Jesus, the living Lord.
Especially we pray for
 The church of Jesus Christ in every land…
 The stewardship and healing of creation…
 Friends and family members…
 Neighbors in special need…
 All who serve your mission in the world…
 All who grieve the loss of 100,000 souls lost in our country to Covid-19…
(specific prayers of intercession may be spoken here.
 If you would like to share them with the congregation, please call or email the church office.)

After a brief silence, the leader concludes the time of prayer:

Eternal God, our beginning and our end,
Be our starting point and our haven,
 and accompany us in this day’s journey. …
Use our hands, to do the work of your creation,
 and use our lives to bring others the new life
 you give the world in Jesus Christ, redeemer of all. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Concluding Hymn

  Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart


Christ is risen!  Do not be afraid.  Go and tell this good news to all.                                    Matthew 28:10

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Share with one another a Sign of Peace.  May peace be with you this day.

Postlude As the Wind Song Through the Trees


State of Emergency:
During the Coronavirus State of Emergency declared by the Governor Cuomo, all gatherings are cancelled. 

The Food Pantry will remain open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.

The Free Community Dinner will make take-out meals available on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month during the state of emergency; please call to reserve yours at our next dinner on May 16th.

Our Re-Opening Team has begun making plans for our congregation regarding our return to worship, cleaning needs and building use.  What are your thoughts and concerns?  Email us at or leave a voicemail message at (845)297-2800.

Prayer requests:

You may email us at or leave a voicemail message at (845)297-2800.

We will send out an email list during the week. 

If you would like to pray with someone, you may call Pastor Margery at (914) 539-5323. 
Pastor Laurie will be available 3-5 PM on weekdays, as well.  You can reach her at (845)632-1124.
Please let us know how else we can support your spiritual needs during this time.

Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves:
Please make plans for how you will continue to honor your pledges during this time. 
You may wish to send a check to the church office by mail or make your contribution using online banking.
While we navigate this disruptive time as a church community, it is important that we maintain our ability to pay our bills.  Thank you for your generosity!

Email Addresses:  If you do not have your own email address, please call us with a family member or friend’s email address who will receive emails from us for you in the event that we are unable mail you important information.

 “At morning prayer, we give thanks for the gift of new life in Christ and seek God’s grace for the day ahead.”
This service was adapted from resources in: Book of Common Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA), 2018.