Welcome to Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church
Where the love of Christ builds a harbor of acceptance, inspiration,
Fellowship, service and joy.
You enrich our worship with your presence.
"When we say welcome we mean it!"
It is not possible to pass the collection plate at our live home church. We do need your contributions. Please sent your check, made out to Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church to:
Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church
c/o Monty Rice
1298 Warren Rd.
Cambria, CA 93428
If this is your first time here, WELCOME.
Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church-PCUSA
2700 Eton Rd. • Cambria, CA 93428
Call or text 805.395.1521
Prelude Deborah Farrand
At the tolling of the bell, please quietly prepare your heart for worship.
Meditation Music Deborah Farrand
Welcome and Announcements
† Call to Worship
Leader: God ordains the goodness of the world.
People: He gives us time and place for sanctuary.
Leader: God is the provider of Agape love.
People: God made the Holy Spirit to descend.
Leader: We are blessed to come into God’s presence.
People: He provides a table for us.
Leader: The Holy Spirit moves.
People: It moves at the Lord’s Table, in our hearts and across the world, like a wind.
Unison: We worship the source and power, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
† The Prayer of Adoration (In unison)
The majesty of Your work fills our world. You give us life and you feed our body and soul. When you send your Spirit we are given comfort and our hearts are made to hear. May the glory of the Lord endure forever. We will sing to the Lord all our life. We will sing praise to God as long as we live. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. Amen.
†Hymn of Adoration # 301 Let Us Build a House
Prayer of Confession (In unison) Dear God of all time, it’s been another week of confusion and concern. The weight of these days can make us forget that You have put your divine life into us. We sink into our human weakness and grow weary, an-noyed, fearful, self-concerned, angry and insensitive. We are sorry we have not been better emissaries of Christ. Please hear our silent confession...
(In unison) Lord, please guide us to You, let us rely on Your divine power as we navigate these historic days. Help us to be a blessing to your children in this trou-bled world. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon New Creations in Christ
†The Sharing of the Peace
Hymn of Preparation #452 Open the Eyes of My Heart
Leader: Listen for the Word of God.
People: Our ears are open.
Scripture: Acts 2:1-11
Leader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Sermon: The Church is Not Closed The Rev. Eugenia Gamble
Hymn of Response # 749 Come! Live in the Light!
Call to Prayer: Hymn #466 Come and Fill Our Hearts with Your Peace
Prayers of the People
The Lord’s Prayer
Response to Prayer Hymn #710 We Are an Offering
Prayer of Dedication
The Ritual of Communion
† Hymn of Parting # 300 We Are One in the Spirit
† Charge and Benediction
†=If able, please stand
CURRENT PRAYER LIST
Members of our community that are lonely, hungry and sick.
If you would like to support the work of Safe Harbor Church financially:
Tax deductible checks may be made to Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church.
During our period of isolation, please mail checks to:
Monty Rice 1298 Warren Road Cambria CA 93428
WHEN WE SAY “ WELCOME! ”, WE MEAN IT!
The Rev. Eugenia A. Gamble
Tom and Lana Cochrun
Monty and Julia Rice
The Day of Pentecost…..Acts 2:1-21……May 31, 2020
Acts 2: 1) When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2) 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. 3) Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. 5) Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6) And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7) Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8) And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9) Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10) Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11) Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12) All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13) But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” 14) But 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. 15) Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16) No, 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, 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.’
Pentecost: The second of the annual festivals of the Jewish faith is Pentecost, also called the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Harvest and the Day of Firstfruits. It was and is celebrated 50 days after Passover. A harvest festival celebrating the barley and wheat harvests, Pentecost gave praise to God as the source of rain and fertility. It was celebrated as a Sabbath with rest from daily labor and sacrifices of thanksgiving. It included the eating of communal meals to which the poor and strangers were invited. Later traditions associated Pentecost with the giving of the Law at Sinai. Jews from all over the world traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate. That was the case in this morning’s lesson. In the New Testament the Festival of Pentecost remembers God’s gift of the Holy Spirit and the initiation of the mission of the church. We sometimes speak of Pentecost as the church’s birthday.
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. It is the Spirit who enlivens, renews, inspires, empowers, directs, binds together and reveals God’s truth to human beings in both the Old and New Testaments. In the OT, the term “Holy Spirit” occurs only in Psalm 51 and Isaiah 63. However, references to the Spirit of God abound from the moment of creation throughout the Scriptures. In the OT, the Spirit is depicted as a mighty wind, the same wind that parted the Red Sea, brought chaos into order at creation and inspired the prophets. In the NT, Christian understanding of the Spirit expanded. Elizabeth and Zechariah are told that their son, John the Baptist, will be filled with the Holy Spirit. When Gabriel comes to Mary with the revelation that she will give birth to Messiah, it is the Spirit who accomplishes this miracle. At his baptism, Jesus is anointed by the Spirit and thereby empowered and commissioned for ministry. All of the apostolic writers bear witness to the presence and the intimate power of the Holy Spirit in the church.
The Receiving of the Spirit: The New Testament is clear that the followers of Jesus received a new relationship with the Holy Spirit shortly after the resurrection. In John (see 20:22f) Jesus himself breathes the Spirit into his disciples. In Acts, the Spirit descends upon the gathered body at the Feast of Pentecost. The receiving of the Spirit, is for comfort, advocacy, inspiration, direction and power. The gift of the Spirit’s presence and power also carry a commissioning function. The Spirit prepares and sends us into mission. The Spirit also is the reconciling force of the world. The Spirit binds humankind into relationships and forms us into community.
The Gift of Tongues: the New Testament refers to the Spiritual gift of tongues in two ways. In Paul and the other early letters, tongues seems to refer to the experience of ecstatic speech that arises from intense religious emotion both in worship and alone. This manifestation is unintelligible unless there is someone present with the gift to interpret. Acts 2 provides the only instance in which tongues is understood as the miraculous ability to speak and/or understand foreign languages without training. The emphasis here is on the Spirit’s power to breakdown all human barriers and make one family out of a divided humanity.
The Day of the Lord: (“the Lord’s great and glorious day”) The Day of the Lord refers to the time when God reveals God’s sovereignty (rule) over human powers and human life. In the OT, it is deeply longed for and deeply feared. In a nutshell, it refers to God’s display of power that reveals God’s control of history, time and people. Israel believed that on that day Israel would be restored and vindicated. In the NT, the Day of the Lord quickly came to be associated with Christ’s final victory and the judgment of sinners. Some believe that it refers to the end time when Christ will return and establish his eternal kingdom. In whatever way we understand it, it is clear that the Day of the Lord points to the promise that God rules and that at some point in time that rule will become crystal clear.
Questions for Personal Reflection
- How do you experience the work of the Spirit in your life? In the church? In the world? How do you receive inspiration?
- To what, for what, or for whom, do you believe the Spirit is calling and empowering the church today? What do you think your role is in the Spirit’s activity?