Guide for Worship
May 31, 2020
Welcome to worship!
Today our worship focuses on foundational stories to our life as disciples and our life together as the church. We are shaped and moved by powerful experiences, which become stories we share, which become core values when we are able to discern from them attitudes, values and theologies that God is growing within us. Imagine, for a moment, the person most responsible for your first steps into the faith: what stories did they tell you about how they came to believe? What experiences did they share that made them who they were, both positive and negative? Ask yourself what experiences you would name as core to your exploration of your own relationship with God. Today’s worship will, hopefully, encourage you to reflect on these questions by presenting you with key moments in the life of Yates Baptist church and its people.
We will focus our worship in the scripture this week, Acts 2:1-21.
Centering Music and Preparation
We begin our time of worship by centering ourselves on the person of Jesus. Keith and Kathy Longmire play together What a Beautiful Name, a song that tells again the story of Jesus, from his presence at creation, through his resurrection and into the age to come. Listen to the song, read — even sing — along with the words, and consider again the full story of Jesus’ life and ministry.
Begin worship by meditating on this simple question: What part of the story of Jesus most shapes you?
At the conclusion of the song, share your reflections. If you are worshiping on your own, write or journal about what you’ve discovered. Talk about it with a friend over the phone or with a family member. Or, share your thoughts today on a social media page.
We Are the People of the Church
The first story we visit today comes in song. We re-entered our newly renovated sanctuary on November 19, 2017. One of our acts of worship that day was that the combined choirs (children, NewLife Singers, and adult Sanctuary choir) sang together. The song had originally been an anthem for us as we left our sanctuary prior to our construction project, and it was a testimony that while we were separated from our familiar place of worship, together we were still the church.
On this date, the song was sung again, as notes of triumph and testimony, not only that we had emerged from the long absence of a ‘home’ for worship, but that we were, in truth, the people of the church who remained drawn together in spirit. As you listen, recall the celebrations of that time.
1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
Response Through Giving
Nyssa Collins – Come, Ye Disconsolate
We encourage you to give your offerings online through Pushpay here, through the Yates app, or by mail (2819 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC, 27707). We are growing into new ways to be the church together and your giving allows us to keep being the church, even in the absence of our physical presence.
Stories of the People of the Church
For this worship experience, we revisit some foundation experiences for Yates Baptist Church, one tragic and one triumphant. Told through the eyes and voices of Ricky Tharrington, Dick Pickett, John Shelton and Jim Thompson, we will wonder together about how the response to each of these seminal events in our church’s history continue to shape us now, and we will reflect on the story of Pentecost to trace each of these experiences into how we can live as faithful people today.
Yates on Mission: Reflection on Haiti and
A Prayer of Dedication
As we conclude our worship, we visit one final story, one of missions. Acting in the world in the name of Jesus is critical to our DNA as Yates Baptist Church. Today, Gene Smith reflects on how God led him, and ultimately Yates, to be on mission in Ranquitte and beyond. Gene prays for us, that we will remain dedicated to this gospel purpose in Haiti and around the world.
Yates Community Connection: Summer Intern Jess Gaul
Blessings to you for this day of worship!