Bulletin 5.23.21

Acts 2:2a "Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm"

A Reflection Before the Service

  • There's a Man goin' 'round takin' names
    And he decides who to free and who to blame
    Everybody won't be treated all the same
    There'll be a golden ladder reachin' down
    When the Man comes around

     

    The hairs on your arm will stand up
    At the terror in each sip and in each sup
    Will you partake of that last offered cup
    Or disappear into the potter's ground?
    When the Man comes around

     

    Hear the trumpets hear the pipers
    One hundred million angels singin'
    Multitudes are marchin' to the big kettledrum
    Voices callin', voices cryin'
    Some are born and some are dyin'
    It's Alpha and Omega's kingdom come

     

    John R. Cash, “The Man Comes Around” (from the 2002

    album, American IV: The Man Comes Around)

     

     

    Among all the glorious works of God, next to the work of redemption by Jesus Christ, my soul most admires this: the work of the Holy Spirit in maintaining the seed and principle of holiness in us, like a spark of living fire in the middle of the ocean, preserving us against all corruption and temptations that assail us. Many breaches are made in and upon our course of obedience by the incursions of actual sins; these he cures and makes up, healing our backslidings and repairing our decays. And he renews the grace we have received by constant fresh supplies.

    - John Owen (1616-1683), Works of John Owen, (Vol 2): The

    Holy Spirit (lightly modernized language)

     

The Call To Worship

  • Acts 2.1-13

    On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.  Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

     

    At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. They were completely amazed. "How can this be?" they exclaimed. "These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! Here we are-- Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!"

     

    They stood there amazed and perplexed. "What can this mean?" they asked each other. But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, "They're just drunk, that's all!"  

     

    (Prayer)

     

  • There's a Man goin' 'round takin' names
    And he decides who to free and who to blame
    Everybody won't be treated all the same
    There'll be a golden ladder reachin' down
    When the Man comes around

     

    The hairs on your arm will stand up
    At the terror in each sip and in each sup
    Will you partake of that last offered cup
    Or disappear into the potter's ground?
    When the Man comes around

     

    Hear the trumpets hear the pipers
    One hundred million angels singin'
    Multitudes are marchin' to the big kettledrum
    Voices callin', voices cryin'
    Some are born and some are dyin'
    It's Alpha and Omega's kingdom come

     

    John R. Cash, “The Man Comes Around” (from the 2002

    album, American IV: The Man Comes Around)

     

     

    Among all the glorious works of God, next to the work of redemption by Jesus Christ, my soul most admires this: the work of the Holy Spirit in maintaining the seed and principle of holiness in us, like a spark of living fire in the middle of the ocean, preserving us against all corruption and temptations that assail us. Many breaches are made in and upon our course of obedience by the incursions of actual sins; these he cures and makes up, healing our backslidings and repairing our decays. And he renews the grace we have received by constant fresh supplies.

    - John Owen (1616-1683), Works of John Owen, (Vol 2): The

    Holy Spirit (lightly modernized language)

     

  • Acts 2.1-13

    On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.  Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

     

    At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. They were completely amazed. "How can this be?" they exclaimed. "These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! Here we are-- Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!"

     

    They stood there amazed and perplexed. "What can this mean?" they asked each other. But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, "They're just drunk, that's all!"  

     

    (Prayer)

     

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