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Sunday Virtual Worship Service Pentecost 5-31-20 (YouTube Video)
We welcome you to our virtual Sunday Service for Pentecost, May 31, 2020. Due to public health concerns, our community is unable to gather in person, but we invite you to enjoy some pieces of what had been planned for this Sunday’s worship service.
Welcome to University Lutheran Church’s Virtual Church Service
Sunday, May 31, 2020.
Order of Service
00:00 Prelude: Komm Heiliger Geist, BuxWV 200, Dietrich Buxtehude
03:06 The Bible Project Video – The Holy Spirit (used with permission)
07:00 Prayer of the Day
07:38 A Reading from Acts 2: 1-21 – featuring Mission Developers, Northwest Washington Synod
13:40 Hymn of the Day: Spirit of Gentleness ELW #396
18:40 Sermon, Pastor Sue Schneider
29:29 Choir Anthem: Lost In The Night, F. Melius Christiansen
33:29 Prayers of the People – with Veni Sancte Spiritus from Taize
42:06 The Lord’s Prayer – from The New Zealand Book of Prayer 43.14 Blessing and Dismissal – Pastor Sue Schneider
43:56 Postlude: “Final” from Symphony III in F-Sharp Minor. Op. 28- Louis Vierne
Total Length of service video: 50:48
Thank you for joining us today! We pray that your worship experience brings you healing and hope. We look forward to future services when we will be able to gather together and welcome you into our community personally.
Pastor Sue Schneider, UniversityLutheranSeattle.org
University Lutheran is a metropolitan congregation, committed to being a vital ministry in the University District and the world. As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, we affirm the dignity and worth of people of all races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identity, social status, age, physical capability and economic condition. As a Greening Community, we strive to be faithful stewards of God’s creation. As an Advocating Congregation we make our voices known to our government authorities on behalf of those who are crying out for justice and peace.
We pray that your worship experience with us today brings you healing and hope. We look forward to future days when we will be able to gather together and welcome you into our community in person.
We Choose Love. All Are Welcome.
Thank you for supporting ULC during this COVID-19 event while we are not gathering for common worship on designated Sundays.
Your pledge or free-will offering is needed and gratefully appreciated during this time to keep ULC and its mission(s) adequately funded.
THIS SUNDAY AT ULC
Dear ULC Friends,
As our lives have been changed by the Covid-19 outbreak, so too, have those of our friends at Ailanga Junior Lutheran Seminary in Tanzania. In response to the pandemic, the school was closed in March. Without income from tuition, the staff has not been paid since February and they lack food. The school grounds that our congregation has helped to build are becoming overgrown and overrun with animals. Widespread flooding has destroyed infrastructure and crops, leaving many with no way to provide for their families. We have supported Ailanga for many years, but it is NOW that they need our help the most.
We are trying to raise $20,000 for Ailanga school by June 15. Our ULC Council has already offered a generous donation of $10,000 toward that goal, for which we are sincerely grateful. While we recognize that these are difficult times for many, we ask for your prayers and any financial assistance that you may be able to give. Please see the letter below for more details.
Lynn Farrier & Rick Reuter,
Ailanga School Project Board
Dear friends of Ailanga –
When our first delegation traveled in 2004 to Ailanga Lutheran Junior Seminary it was just a newly started building in an open field with mud running down the partially completed stairs. The students lived in cramped quarters in partly finished dormitory rooms. It looked pretty dismal at first glance, but just a few moments with the students and their teachers changed the gloomy, rainy, muddy school into the wonderful bright light that is Ailanga. Their enthusiasm and love for the place won us over and we have loved it ever since. The school has now grown to several buildings and several hundred students, fulfilling its mission to educate students to be leaders in Tanzania. We have been blessed to be a part of that mission with significant support for almost two decades.
Today Ailanga is in trouble. The global pandemic has locked down all the schools in Tanzania and begun to destroy the already poor economy. At the same time, there has been excessive flooding with loss of housing, roads, and crops. Ailanga is deserted, with the animals from the nearby Arusha National Park coming into the school. The staff has not been paid since February and their food supplies are low. Tanzania, like poor countries everywhere, does not have the medical facilities to handle a major Coronavirus outbreak, so all are very wary of any ongoing contact.
Pastor Majola, the headmaster of Ailanga, has asked for our prayers as well as help for staff salaries ($16, 000 per month for 48 people) and food ($3000 per month). The Ailanga School Project Board has authorized an immediate transfer of $5000 from existing funds. We would like to try to raise money to cover at least one month of these expenses. If we can raise $20,000 by June 15 it would go some ways to help our dear friends at Ailanga.
We know this is a difficult time for people right here as well, but we hope that this opportunity to open our hands and hearts to our friends there will strengthen and encourage our own lives.
At the end of that first trip, the students sang this song which they had adapted from a Zimbabwean hymn:
“If you believe and I believe
And we together pray,
The Holy Spirit must come down
And Ailanga will be saved.”
Help us in this effort to save Ailanga.
Make checks to:
Ailanga School Project,
c/o Faith Lutheran Church,
8208 18th Ave NE
You can also use this PayPal link: https://paypal.me/AilangaSchoolProject?locale.x=en_US. All money coming to the Ailanga School Project will go to meet the current need.
Asante sana. Thank you very much.
The Ailanga School Project Board