Weekly Bulletin


But when...the Spirit of truth comes,
 he will guide you into all truth.  
                                       John 16:13


United Methodist Churches of Cresco and Zion
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Cresco First 10:00 A.M.
Pastor Derrick Okine

Prelude-Melodee Balk 
Worship and Song Leader-Patsy Bronner 

Opening Prayer 

Welcome and Announcements 

Call to Worship
 L: O LORD, how manifold are your works ! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. There go the ships and Leviathan that you formed to sport in. 
 P: We all look to you to give us our food in due season; when you give to them, we gather it up; when you open our hand, we are filled with good things. When you hide your face, we are dismayed; when you take away our breath, we die and return to our dust. 
 L: When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground. 
 P: May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works – who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
 L: Let us sing to the LORD as long as we live; we will sing praise to my God while we have being. 
 P: May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD. Bless the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD! 

*Hymn 707—“Hymn of Promise” 

Scripture—Acts 2:1-21 
L: This is the Word of God 
P: Thanks be to God 

Children’s Sermon

Sermon – The Holy Spirit: Our Chief Executive and Senior Partner 

Joys and Concerns and Offering 
For each prayer request: 
A joy—Praise be to God! 
A concern—Lord, hear our prayer! 

*Closing hymn 593—“Here I Am, Lord” 

Benediction 

Postlude 

 *Stand if you are able 

Sermon text -
 The Holy Spirit: Our Chief Executive and Senior Partner 

Our Holy God and Father created us to live in community, just as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Our father put His Holy Spirit in us, and causes us to walk in his statutes, while keeping his judgements and doing them. It is impossible to understand the Holy Scriptures, written by the Holy Spirit, without the help of the author. It is impossible to understand Christian living, the body of Christ and the structure of the church or our own relationship with God, without understanding the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a person. He is God, the third person of the Trinity, the triune God or three –in-one God. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is all powerful. God is present everywhere. The Holy Spirit has all the knowledge, because the Holy Spirit searches all things, yea the deep things of God. It is the Holy Spirit who teaches and takes us deeper and deeper into God’s truth as we progress in our Christian life. We are to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, but we can only grow by the help of the Holy Spirit. The moment that we receive Jesus Christ as our personal savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our heart. Our body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit, and He helps us to live the Christian life. He knows what goes on in our mind. Nothing is hidden from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is holy and eternal like the Godhead. One of his ministries is to help make us holy. We ought to be more holy today than yesterday. The Holy Spirit helps us to conform more to the image of Christ, and he helps us in our growing process. First, the Holy Spirit is to convict us of sin. How? He uses a mother’s prayer or tragic experience, or a pastor’s sermon to convict us of sin, and of our need to turn our lives over to Jesus. That is the work of the Holy Spirit, He points to us, and says “you are not walking right with God, you need to repent.” Second, the Holy Spirit gives us new life. The Bible says, we are dead in sins and trespasses. The supernatural act of being born again is done by the Holy Spirit. We are saved by the mercy of grace of God. It is something I did not earn. It is the gift of God, the gift of salvation. Third, the Holy Spirit indwells us. First Corinthians 3:16 says, “know ye knot that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” Fourth, the Holy Spirit gives us power to serve Christ. Did the bible not say in Acts 1:8 that, “you shall receive power to serve Christ after the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” The Holy Spirit produces the fruit of the spirit like love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is now law.” There are people who you will not be able to love easily. But the Holy Spirit will give you power to love them. There are times that I feel that I do not have jo, and I get on my knees and say, “Lord where is the fruit of the spirit of joy in my life? I find that the joy is there, down deep. Whatever the circumstances there is a river of joy. Finally, brothers and sisters if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Take away: 1 – The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. 2 – The Holy Spirit gives us new life. 3 – The Holy Spirit dwells in us. 4 – The Holy Spirit gives us power to serve Christ. 5 – God has poured his Holy spirit on us to prophesy, see visions as well as dream dreams. Have you received the Holy Spirit? Do you prophesy, teach, see visions as well as dream dreams? Amen

  Announcements
  Wednesday, May 26 Bible Study-9:15 A.M. 
 On Tuesday, June 1st from 5:00-6:30 P.M. the Mobile Food Pantry will be at the Featherlite Building at the Howard Country Fairgrounds. Please use the east “Main” entrance (by the barns), and this will be a drive-through again this month. Watch Cresco TV or listen to KZCQ, radio 102.3 for changes to location. 
  On Thursday, June 3rd the Cresco Area Blood Drive will be held at the VFW Hall from 12:30-5:00 P.M. To make an appointment, call Pat Joiner at 563-547-5839 or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Please bring a photo ID, your blood donor card or 2 other forms of ID. 
 The Mighty Howard County Fair will be June 23-27 but our food stand will open on Tuesday, June 22nd which is only 4 weeks away! We still are in need workers and pies! If you are able to help write your name on the schedule at the back of the church. 
  Thank you to all for your faithful giving to the church.
  If you have any items for the bulletins or newsletters, please send them to umc@outlook.com or mnbbalk@iowatelecom.net or slide your written message under the secretary’s office door. 
 To reach Pastor, email him at pastderrick@gmail.com or call/text him at 605-691-6020. 
 May 16th : Attendance-32 You Tube-5 
 Have a good day and a good week!