Worship for May 23, 2021


A Prayer for Preparing to Worship:

Holy Spirit, come again. As long ago you inspired, astonished, and confused the people, come to us now to fill our ears with the sound of your breath, fill our eyes with the brilliance of your presence in each other, fill our hearts with your good Word. Amen. 

 Welcome Video - Jeff Foels

Call to Confession, Prayer of Confession, and Assurance of Pardon

Let us call on the name of the One who invites us to speak the truth about ourselves and our relationships and promises to show us mercy. 

Holy and Merciful God, we do not know how to pray as we ought, and we know too well our constant failures to do as you have commanded and to hold fast to your word. Forgive us for the divisions we nurture, guide us to your way, keep us in your care, and lead us into faith. We trust your word that the Spirit of truth will show us all things and grant us courage and peace. Amen. 

Through forgiveness in Christ, we are brought to new life. This is the good news of the gospel: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Prayer of the Day - Lu Wilmot

Gracious God, you come among your people as One who fashioned all things, who, face-to-face, revealed your knowledge of our lives, and whose presence brings assurance and hope. Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love so that in hearing and seeing the gifts of this life, we may know the way to live in thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

First Reading: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

24  O LORD, how manifold are your works! 

          In wisdom you have made them all; 

          the earth is full of your creatures. 

25  Yonder is the sea, great and wide, 

          creeping things innumerable are there, 

          living things both small and great. 

26  There go the ships, 

          and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

27  These all look to you 

          to give them their food in due season; 

28  when you give to them, they gather it up; 

          when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. 

29  When you hide your face, they are dismayed; 

          when you take away their breath, they die 

          and return to their dust. 

30  When you send forth your spirit, they are created; 

          and you renew the face of the ground.

31  May the glory of the LORD endure forever; 

         may the LORD rejoice in his works — 

32  who looks on the earth and it trembles, 

          who touches the mountains and they smoke. 

33  I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; 

          I will sing praise to my God while I have being. 

34  May my meditation be pleasing to him, 

          for I rejoice in the LORD. 

35b Bless the LORD, O my soul. 

      Praise the LORD!

GTG #291 Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
GTG #291 Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
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Hymn: #291 Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness


Spirit, spirit of gentleness,

blow through the wilderness, calling and free.

Spirit, spirit of restlessness,

stir me from placidness, 

wind, wind on the sea.                                                                

1 You moved on the waters; 

you called to the deep;

then you coaxed up the mountains 

from the valleys of sleep;

and over the eons

you called to each thing,

"Awake from your slumbers

and rise on your wings." (Refrain)

2 You swept through the desert;

you stung with the sand;

and you goaded your people

with a law and a land.

When they were confounded

with idols and lies,

then you spoke through your prophets

to open their eyes. (Refrain)

3 You sang in a stable;

you cried from a hill;

then you whispered in silence

when the whole world was still.

And down in the city,

you called once again

when you blew through your people

on the rush of the wind. (Refrain)

4 You call from tomorrow;

you break ancient schemes;

from the bondage of sorrow

the captives dream dreams.

Our women see visions;

our men clear their eyes. 

With bold new decisions

your people arise. (Refrain)

Second Reading: Acts 2:1-21

1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes 11Cretans and Arabs — in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 

17  ‘In the last days it will be,God declares, 

     that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, 

          and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, 

     and your young men shall see visions, 

          and your old men shall dream dreams. 

18  Even upon my slaves, both men and women, 

          in those days I will pour out my Spirit; 

               and they shall prophesy. 

19  And I will show portents in the heaven above 

          and signs on the earth below, 

               blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 

20  The sun shall be turned to darkness 

          and the moon to blood, 

               before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 

21  Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

Sermon: “Like a Wind" - Jeff Foels

Music: Let All Things Now Living

GTG 291 set. by Larson
Welsh folk melody

Jusun Kim, Organ 

Prayers of the People and The Lords 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.


Wherever you are, and wherever you go, hold this with you:

Be in the world in peace;

Have courage;

Hold onto what is good;

Return no one evil for evil;

Support the weak;

Help the suffering;

Honor all God’s children;

Love and serve the Lord, 

Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

May God, who creates, redeems, and sustains, keep you steadfast in faith, buoyant in hope, and abounding in love. And the blessing of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Thank you for what you can give, joyfully, to God!


Plymouth Presbyterian Church
3755 Dunkirk Ln N
Plymouth, MN 55446

Office: 763-559-2946
Email: Office@PlymouthPC.org