Oil City First Presbyterian Church

215 E Bissell Ave, Oil City, PA | Sunday School 9:15 a.m. | Worship 10:30 a.m.
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Wonderful service! So thankful for Josh, Steve, and the choir!

Morning Worship Service Outline for May 19, 2024, Day of Pentecost, Ten-Thirty in the Morning

The Gathering of God’s People

Welcome and Announcements:
The Prelude: Stephen Winslow, Organist
“Now, Holy Spirit, We Pray to Thee” Dietrich Buxtehude
Call to Worship:
Leader: The Spirit descends like a dove, bringing peace to unite the world in a just and caring community.
People: The Spirit comes like a breath, bringing life to renew the people of God.
Leader: The Spirit spreads like fire, bringing energy for witnessing to the love of God.
People: Let your flame burn within us, stirring us to action.
Leader: Come, Holy Spirit. Energize our lives to work for God.
People: Let your wind of hope swirl around us, lifting and moving us from complacency.
Leader: Come, Holy Spirit. Pour your blessing on us.
People: Spirit of the living God, come to us and transform our lives by your power.
Opening Prayer:
*Hymn of Praise: “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness” insert
*Call to Confession:
*Unison Prayer of Confession: <by Rev. Teri Peterson>
All: The wind blows and we hear the sound of it, but we do not know where it comes from.
We try to explain it away, but even our own breath speaks of new things we cannot understand.
We may be together in one place, but we do not speak with one voice, we do not listen with one heart. We hear, and dismiss, your deeds of power, your call to love those who are different, your insistence that the whole world be included.
You pour out your Spirit, and we squash the vision—it is too big, too unrealistic, too uncertain, too unruly.
You send visions of a future with hope, and we look back instead. You light the way, and we look for a fire extinguisher, trying to keep ourselves (and you!) safe.
Forgive us, O God. We long for your new life, but we do not know how to live it.
~silence is kept~
*Assurance of Forgiveness:
Leader: …In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
All: Thanks be to God!
*Passing of the Peace:
Leader: …The peace of the Lord be with you!
All: And also, with you!
*Gloria Patri: “Glory Be to the Father” #579

We Hear God’s Word
Anthem: “Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God” arr. Larson
Prayer for Illumination:
Psalm Reading: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b pg. 941
1st New Testament Reading: Romans 8:22-27 pg. 1757
Gospel Reading: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 pg. 1678
2nd New Testament Reading: Acts: 2:1-21 pg. 1692

Sermon: “One in the Spirit” Pastor Josh Botts

We Respond to God’s Word
*Hymn of Response: “On Pentecost They Gathered” #128
*Affirmation of Faith: Col. 1:15-20
All: Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. In him all things in heaven and on earth were created— things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Sharing of Joys and Concerns:
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer: adapted from a prayer by Rev. Nathan Williams
Leader: …Come Holy Spirit.
People: Fill the earth.
The Prayer Response: (sung in unison)
Hear our prayer, O Lord; Hear our prayer, O Lord,
Incline Thine ear to us, and grant us Thy peace. Amen.
Invitation to Offering:
The Giving of our Offering:
Offertory: “Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” arr. Flor Peeters
*Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” #592
*Prayer of Dedication:

Sending Forth
*Closing Hymn: “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart” #326
The postlude provides the transition from sacred worship back into our varied lives and activities, equipped with renewed courage, energy, and a commitment to serve God and others, until we are able to meet again, in worship. We invite you to remain seated.
Postlude: “Toccata” Johann Pachelbel
<Parts of the Liturgy adapted from the Presbyterian Outlook and the Abingdon Worship Annual>
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Address: 215 E Bissell Ave
Oil City, PA 16301
Phone: (814) 676-2769

Upcoming Events

Maundy Thursday Service

1st and 2nd Presbyterian Churches are combining for a Maundy Thursday worship with Communion and a potluck dinner at 6:00 on Thursday, March 28th.

It will be held at Second Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 111 Reed Street, Oil City PA 16301.

Bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. Place settings and drinks will be provided. All are welcome!

Have Kids?

A nursery is available during worship for children ages birth – kindergarten.

Statement of Church Purpose

To glorify God, our purpose as the First Presbyterian Church is to sustain and strengthen our faith as a family of believers, equipping ourselves to proclaim and demonstrate Christian love to the community at large by meeting people’s needs, both physical and spiritual.

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