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We stand.


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord + Jesus Christ, by whose Spirit we have been reborn to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Amen.


Rejoicing in Christ's victory over sin and death, let us come before God who calls us to repentance.


In Humbleness you may stand, sit, or kneel.


Faithful and just God, we confess that we are captive to doubt and fear and bound by the ways that lead to death. We have sinned against you. We have not believed your good news. We have not loved our sisters and brothers as you have first loved us.  Forgive us, God of mercy.  Let your Holy Spirit work in us to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the abundant life given in Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.


People of God: Christ is alive, and death has lost its power. Through the waters of baptism you have been born anew by the living word of God. Know that your sins are forgiven in + Jesus' name and that the Spirit of the risen Christ is alive in you, now and forever. Amen.

We stand.


The peace of the Lord be with you always.  And also with you.


We share a sign of Christ’s peace with one another.


GATHERING HYMN # 400           God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind



The grace of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. And also with you.



Mighty God, you breathe life into our bones, and your Spirit brings truth to the world. Send us this Spirit, transform us by your truth, and give us language to proclaim your gospel, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


We sit.



Preschool and elementary aged children are invited forward to the chancel steps for a special message. Following the Children’s Message, children are invited to Children’s Church - a special time of learning led by adult teachers.

Children will return before Holy Communion.


FIRST READING                    Acts 2:1-21

When the day of Pentecost had come, the apostles 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.

 18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,

  in those days I will pour out my Spirit;

   and they shall prophesy.

 19And I will show portents in the heaven above

  and signs on the earth below,

   blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

 20The sun shall be turned to darkness

  and the moon to blood,

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

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


The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God


PSALM 104:24-33 sung

 24How manifold are your | works, O Lord!
  In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full | of your creatures.
 25Yonder is the sea, great and wide, with its swarms too man- | y to number,
  living things both | small and great.

 26There go the ships | to and fro,
  and Leviathan, which you made for the | sport of it.
 27All of them | look to you

  to give them their food | in due season. 
 28You give it to them; they | gather it;
  you open your hand, and they are filled | with good things.
 29When you hide your face, | they are terrified;
  when you take away their breath, they die and return | to their dust.

 30You send forth your Spirit, and they | are created;
  and so you renew the face | of the earth.
 31May the glory of the Lord en- | dure forever;
  O Lord, rejoice in | all your works. 

 32You look at the earth | and it trembles; 
  you touch the mountains | and they smoke.
 33I will sing to the Lord as long | as I live;
  I will praise my God while I | have my being.

SECOND READING       Romans 8:22-27

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

 26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


We stand.


GOSPEL READING        John 15:26-27; 16:4-15

The Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.


Jesus said, 26“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.
 16:4b“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
 12“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”


The Word of God for the people of God. Praise to you, O Christ.


We sit.

HOMILY             Pastor Kathleen Miko


We sit.

HYMN OF THE DAY # 581            You Are Mine


+ Rite of Confirmation +



The following people have been instructed in the Christian faith and are approved by the church for the Rite of Confirmation. I present Holly Nicole Beard, David Jackson Elrod, and Beckett Wade Owens, who desire to make public affirmation of their baptism.


Those being confirmed and their parents come forward.


Let us pray. Merciful God, we thank you for these sisters and brothers, whom you have made your own by water and the Word in baptism. You have called them to yourself, enlightened them with the gifts of your Spirit, and nourished them in the community of faith. Uphold these your servants in the gifts and promises of baptism, and unite the hearts of all whom you have brought to new birth. We ask this in the name of Christ. Amen.



Friends in Christ: In Holy Baptism our Lord Jesus Christ received you and made you members of his Church. In the community of God's people, you have learned from God’s Word His loving purpose for you and all creation. You have been nourished at His holy table and called to be witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Therefore, I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the Church.


Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God? I renounce them.


Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God? I renounce them.


Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God? I renounce them.


We stand.

Do you believe in God the Father?

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.


Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.


Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.



You have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:

to live among God's faithful people,

to hear the word of God and share in the Lord's supper,

to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,

to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,

and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?


Each in turn responds: I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.


People of God, do you promise to support these sisters and brothers in the Lord, to model the way of Jesus for them as they continue to grow in faith, and to pray for them in their life in Christ? We do, and we ask God to help and guide us.


Let us pray. We give you thanks, O God, that through water and the Holy Spirit you give us new birth, cleanse us from sin, and raise us to eternal life. Continue to strengthen us with your Holy Spirit, and daily increase in us your gifts of grace: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.


We sit.




I now declare that you are confirmed and received as full adult members of this congregation, with all the privileges and responsibilities of disciples of Jesus Christ. We rejoice with you in the life of baptism. Together we will give thanks and praise to God and proclaim the good news to all the world.


We share our acclamation with applause.




Each petition ends: Holy Spirit, loving God. Fill us with your spirit.


We sit.


We share our gifts for those in need and for the church’s mission.

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We stand.

OFFERTORY HYMN # 481                Come to the Table



Let us pray. Risen One, you call us to believe and bear fruit. May the gifts that we offer here be signs of your abiding love. Form us to be your witnesses in the world, through Jesus Christ, our true vine. Amen.



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.



In the night…


Lord’s Prayer

O Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen



The risen Christ is made known to us in the breaking of the bread.

Come and eat at God’s table. Amen.

We sit.




Christ welcomes you to this feast of the baptized!  


We receive communion at the front of the center aisle. You may come forward in two lines to receive the bread from the minister. After receiving bread, move to the left or right and dip your bread into the wine which an assisting minister will be holding. Grape juice and gluten free wafers are available upon request.




We stand.


May the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace. Amen.


Prayer after Communion

Shepherding God, you have prepared a table before us and nourished us with your love. Send us forth from this banquet to proclaim your goodness and share the abundant mercy of Jesus, our redeemer and friend. Amen.



Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The God of resurrection power, the Christ of unending joy, and the Spirit of Easter hope + bless you now and always. Amen.


SENDING HYMN Insert             Every Time I Feel the Spirit



Alleluia! Go in peace. Rejoice and be glad.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!




Following worship, all are invited to

a time of fellowship with our confirmands in the narthex/lobby.



The Day of Pentecost

May 19, 2024 + 10:00 am

Zion Lutheran Church
Lexington, South Carolina

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