Conference virtual Pentecost Sunday Worship Service now available

May 31, 2020

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Conference Leadership Team have posted a virtual Pentecost Sunday Worship Service as a resource for North Alabama Conference churches and individuals.

The virtual service is made up of short video segments. Worshippers are invited to follow the order of worship and play each video as they progress through the service. The hope is because the videos are shorter than an entire worship service, watching each segment separately will be less taxing on a worshiper's internet connection.

The purpose of this worship service is to provide a resource for churches and individuals. Congregations are invited to use different parts or the entire service as best serves their context. Individuals are invited to use this resource for a personal or family worship time and to share it with others.

The service was coordinated and led by persons from across the North Alabama Conference:

  • Various families and individuals help lead the Call to Worship, Lord's Prayer and Apostles' Creed in different voices and languages.
  • Dr. Rick Owen, Central District Superintendent, leads various parts of the service.
  • Rev. Sarah Smoot leads a body prayer to the opening verses of the Pentecost story.
  • Revs. Hur and Lucy Morales and family, Trinity UMC (Northeast District) provide the offertory music.
  • Marian Royston, Mt. Olive and Rocky Mount UMCs (Southeast District), reads the Scripture.
  • Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett preaches Pentecost Sermon.
  • Nancy Beard, Director of Music Ministry at Asbury UMC (South Central District) plays the postlude.

Special thanks to Rev. Lonna Lynn Higgs, Shiloh UMC (South Central District), who led the worship planning team; Nancy Beard, who coordinated the music; and Conference Director of Communication Danette Clifton, who provided video production and technical support.

In order to be able to share the service with clergy prior to this Pentecost weekend and give them time to share it with their congregation, all elements of the virtual worship service were recorded earlier in the month and focus on the Biblical story of Pentecost as told in Acts 2. Due to this production schedule, the service does not contain timely reflections on current events in our country.

The virtual Pentecost Worship Service order of worship is available as a .pdf or an online publication.

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