May 31, 2020 – Pentecost Sunday/Communion

WELCOME – Whether you are worshiping at home alone or with your family, we hope you will experience a sense of connection with other AMCC members, our extended family, and online visitors as they worship with you.

We are grateful to our Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Peter B. Doghramji, for leading us in our worship today, as well as our readers and the  AMCC choir.

PREPARING for WORSHIP – Whether using your computer, tablet, or smart phone, we suggest that you find a quiet, comfortable space in your home that allows you to be fully present in the spirit of worship.

Before you begin, please take a moment to read some tips on how to best navigate our interactive program format:

As you follow the Order of Worship below, you will see portions that are video- or audio-taped, read silently or aloud together, or offer a time for quiet reflection or prayer. You can go at your own pace (and you can go back watch any of the video segments again).

To access the videos and audios, click on the hyperlink next to the program listing. Make sure your sound is turned on and the volume high enough for you to hear well. You may wish to click the full screen icon for better viewing. When the video ends, close the video screen to return to the Order of Worship. 

Order of Worship

Before beginning worship, please prepare for your at-home communion by setting out the bread (any type you have or desire) and grape juice (or other suitable beverage). 

Call to Worship/Prayer of Invocation (video):

Prayer of Confession (silently)/Assurance of Pardon (video):

Affirmation of Faith – Apostles’ Creed (video):

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Anthem – Cantate Domino (Pitoni/Greyson) (audio): Cantate Domino

O sing ye to the Lord
sing ye a new song
O praise Him in the company of His saints
Let all of Israel rejoice now,
rejoice in Him who made all,
The sons of all Zion, and daughters of Zion,
be joyful and praise God on high.

Old Testament (Arm.) – Joel 2:12-14 (audio)Joel 2:12-14

12 Yet even now, says the Lord,
    return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
13     rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God,
    for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
    and relents from punishing.
14 Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
    and leave a blessing behind him,
a grain offering and a drink offering
    for the Lord, your God?

The New Testament (Eng.) – Acts 2:1-13 (audio): Acts 2:1-13

1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”  13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Lord’s Prayer (Հայր Մեր/Hayr Mer) (audio):

Հայր մեր որ յերկինս ես,
Hayr merr, vor herr-gins es,
(Our Father, who art in heaven,)

Սուրբ եղիցի անուն քո.
Soorp yeh-ghee-tsee aa-noon ko,
(Hallowed be Thy name.)

Եկեսցէ արքայութիւն քո,
Yeh-gess-tseh ar-kaa-yoo-tyoon ko,
(Thy kingdom come,)

Եղիցին կամք Քո, որպէս յերկինս՝ և յերկրի.
Yeh-ghee-tseen gamk ko, vor-bess herr-gins yev herr-gree.
(Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.)

Զհաց մեր հանապազորդ տուր մեզ այսօր.
Uzhaats merr haa-naa-baa-zort door mez ai-sor;
(Give us this day our daily bread;)

Թող մեզ ըզպարտիս մեր,
Togh mez uz-bar-dees merr,
(And forgive us our debts,)

որպէս եւ մեք թողումք մերոց պարտապանաց.
vor-bess yev mek toh-ghoomk meh-rawts bardabanats,
(as we have also forgiven our debtors;)

Եւ մի՜ տանիր զմեզ ի փորձութիւն,
Yev mee daa-neer zmez ee por-tzoo-tyoon,
(And lead us not into temptation,)

Այլ փըրկեա ի չարէ։
Ayl purr-gyaa ee chaa-reh.
(But deliver us from evil.)

Զի քո է արքայութիւն եւ զորութիւն եւ փառք յաւիտեանս. Ամէն:
Zee ko eh ar-ka-yoo-tyoon yev zo-roo-tyoon yev parrk ha-vee-dya-nus, Amen.
(For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.)

Sermon – They Were All Together (video):

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Invitation to Communion (video):

Prayer of Intercession (video):

Blessing of Elements (video):

Sharing the Body of Christ — Communion/Prayer of Thanksgiving (video):

Offering – Although AMCC is closed until further notice, the church continues to have expenses. Members and friends may continue to give their pledges and other donations by mailing a check to the church or by giving online through the AMCC website at appreciate your generosity at this time.

Benediction (video):

Thank you for worshiping with us today. Please join us for our next virtual worship service on Sunday, June 21, Father’s Day.