Central United Methodist Church
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Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

The Fire of God's Spirit
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
May 20, 20128

Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
"As a Fire is Meant for Burning" Sean Stafford 0:01
Greeting Pastor Michelle 0:35
Announcements Bonnie Cole 1:24
We Are Called to Worship Bonnie Cole 6:34
"O Spirit of a Livng God' Song # 539 8:06
A Time for the Child in All of Us Pastor Michelle 9:48
"My Vision, My Shepherd' Chancel Choir 13:38
Romans 8:22-28 Amber Gaylord 18:5
"Great is the Lord' Festivo Ringers 20:50
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 26:30
Acts 2:1-21 Pam Russell 35:00
The Sermon Pastor Michelle 38:12
Celebrating Confirmation Alex Cramer, Evan Derik, Alex Dodd, Brooke Melby 46:54
"As a Fiire is Meant for Burning" Song # 2237 57:53
Blessing Pastor Michelle 59:00
"Heaven Came Down and Glory Gilled my Soul" Sean Stafford 59:29

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SCRIPTURE READING #1 for May 20                   Amber Gaylord

Romans 8:22-28                                                       The Message


All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is waking us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. The Spirit does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. The Spirit knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

SCRIPTURE READING #2 May 20                             Pam Russell  

Acts 2:1-21                                                                     N.T. p.119


When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 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. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” 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. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘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. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’