Sunday, May 31, 2020

There will be no in-person worship at St. John the Divine at this time.  Join us for live streamed worship here or on our Facebook page here.

Preaching Schedule

9:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church - the Rev. Charlie Holt
11:00 am - The Table Contemporary Worship in the HLC - the Rev. Reagan Cocke

Sunday School

Awesome Worship Lesson: 10:30 am

Drive-In Carillon Concert

Follow the sound of the bells! At 3 pm we will offer a 15-minute carillon concert of sacred and secular favorites performed by Associate Director of Music and Worship, John Meier. Please park in the circle drive and roll down your windows to enjoy this socially-distanced music event.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

John 7:37-39

7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

This Week's Musical Offering - Traditional Worship

Today, the 50th day after Easter, we celebrate the Day of Pentecost - the coming of the Holy Spirit anointing us into the “royal priesthood” and empowering us to go out and spread God’s kingdom throughout the world. The reference of the Holy Spirit coming as “tongues of fire” comes to us from the book of Acts. As such, the liturgical color for the day is red, the altar flowers burst with reds, yellows, and oranges (the color of fire), and the music of the day filled with bold color. As a major feast day of the church, it is customary to do Baptisms on this day. As such, we will renew our Baptismal Covenant during the liturgy.

At the Prelude and Introit, we hear members of the SJD Chorale Ensemble sing verses of the Gregorian hymn “Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire” in alternation with organ variations on the tune as arranged by 20th Century French organist and composer Maurice Duruflé. This hymn can be found as Hymn #504 in our hymnal. Our worship then continues with the powerful and jubilant hymn by Ralph Vaughan Williams “Hail Thee, Festival Day.” The text is by 6th Century Roman poet Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus.

As an expression of the account of Pentecost, as found in the Acts of the Apostles, particularly verse 4, “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability,” the reading is being offered by members of our ESL program, each speaking in their own native language.
At the Offertory, we hear the motet “O Lord, Give Thy Holy Spirit” by Tudor composer Thomas Tallis. The text is from a 16th century book of prayers by Protestant theological writer Henry Bull.

Read about the musical offerings for this and previous weeks at the Music Ministry blog.