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Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
and Lutheran Campus Ministry
May 31, 2020
Pentecost Sunday

During this time of shelter-in-place, we still worship together online. You can find the link to our worship channel on our website. The video will be available starting at 8:30am on Sunday morning.
Festival Canticle: This is the Feast
The Prayer of the Day
O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Readings of the Day
A Reading from the Hebrew Bible: Numbers 11:24-30
The spirit of God rested upon seventy elders in Israel who had been chosen to share the burden of leadership with Moses. When some became jealous that two others also had the spirit and could prophesy, Moses said that he hoped that all of God’s people would be prophets.

24Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. 25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.

26Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!” 30And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

Psalm 104:24-34
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.   Refrain
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.    Refrain
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.
34May these words of | mine please God.
  I will rejoice | in the Lord.   Refrain
The Acts of the Apostles: Acts 2:1-21
Pentecost was a Jewish harvest festival that marked the fiftieth day after Passover. Luke portrays the Holy Spirit being poured out upon the disciples before the gathered and astonished people assembled in Jerusalem for the festival. Filled with the Spirit, the disciples were able to witness to the power of Christ’s resurrection.

1When 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 Holy Gospel according to John:  John 7:37-39
Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as living water, quenching the thirst of all who come to him and filling the hearts of believers until they overflow.

37On the last day of the festival [of Booths], the great day, while Jesus was standing [in the temple], he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Hymn of the Day: ELW #627 - O Day Full of Grace
In Our Prayers

Hazel Schwab, mother of Jim, recovering from a fall
Family and friends of Debra Abraham, cousin of Sandy Henley after losing a long battle with cancer
Family and friends of Betty Check, neighbor of Judith Merritt-Morgan, upon her death
Barbara and Jason, relatives of JoRachel Pierce, who died within a week of each other
Caleb Tompsett, grandson of Bill and Chris, beginning radiation for a pediatric brain tumor

Jeanette Bordelon, recovering from surgery and awaiting a biopsy
Edgar Guice, brother of Cassandra, hospitalized with heart failure
Robert Goede, Pastor Goede's father, recovering from a fall 
Mark van Scharrel, husband of Pastor Julie Ryan, advanced cancer
Frank Showers, beginning cell stem therapy for cancer
Anu, Smitha Gunthoti's cousin, late-stage cancer
Oliver, friend of Padraig McGuire, for guidance and strength
Kitty, Jeanette Bordelon's sister, beginning physical therapy after surgery for an ankle tendon injury
Butch Muller, friend of Judy Merritt-Morgan, suffering from chronic pain and about to undergo hand surgery
Kathy, friend of Robin Mitchell, hospitalized due to mental illness

Millie Spino, friend of Pat Chromy, living in a nursing home and diagnosed with COVID-19
Cathy Eurich, friend of Pat Chromy, in ICU with COVID-19
Friends and family of Dorothy Goede, mother of Pastor Goede, upon her death

House of Faith, Decatur, Illinois, COVID-19 cases, including a relative of Judy Merritt-Morgan
The people of India, as they confront both COVID-19 and resulting violence against Muslims
Those who struggle with substance abuse, a condition made more difficult by isolation
The security guards that protect the U of C campus

The doctors in our congregation, Peter Pytel, Jefree Schulte, and Elaine Worcester; and nurse practitioners, Steph Stuhlmuller and Norma Rolfsen
Deb Burnet, Joe Klonowski’s mother, a doctor at U of C Hospital
Kimi, a friend of the Klonowskis', working hard at U of C Hospital

Jenny, Dan's fiancee, a nurse in Dallas just assigned to work the covid floor
Ashley and Thomas, college friends of Joe Klonowski, working on covid research at UIUC and Berkeley.

Kevin Rist, father of Erika, a doctor in Wausau, WI

Please do not hesitate to email the office with any prayer requests that you would like included next week
Please share the peace and make an offering

Did you know that sharing the peace is meant to reconcile us before we share the Holy Supper? We can't do that in person right now, but we can the rest of the week. Please take time soon to call or email someone. It helps build community and keeps us strong. 

At the end of worship, please remember to make an offering. The people we employ depend on your generosity during this difficult time. You can arrange an ongoing electronic offering through our website. Setting up a free PayPal account allows you to make an offering of any size with a debit or credit card; the email address you need is You can, of course, also send a check to Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637.
If you're curious how a virtual service is put together, you're welcome to watch Carolyn Rahaman as she demonstrates the process.  It's pretty fascinating.
Communing at home?  Take a picture!

We would love to receive pictures of the bread and wine that you're using at home for your Communion so that we can vary the images we display in our videos.  If you feel that you set a nice Communion table, please snap a picture and email it to Carolyn.  
Our national church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is preparing a social message on government and civic engagement. Messages and statements guide what pastors teach and what we ask of our church's lobbyists in Washington. Until May 27, you are invited to provide feedback on how to strengthen the draft of the message.

To offer feedback on the draft “Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy," please fill out the survey. You may also choose to email comments to In light of the feedback, the message draft will be revised and presented to the ELCA Church Council for a vote in June.

Read the draft.

While we all miss the beautiful interior of our beloved church, we can still enjoy nature's extravagant beautification of the exterior.
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