Wycliffe
Presbyterian Church
May 31 - June 6, 2020
From our Pastor



Pentecost is here again! Minneapolis is burning. We continue to struggle through a new, not-yet-well-understood contagion. To embrace or refrain from embracing. And through it all we seek to maintain our health, our sanity, and our hopefulness toward the future. Some days it seems like too much to wait for. The followers of Jesus at the time of Pentecost were waiting as the resurrected Jesus told them to before he stepped into heaven. Not sure what would happen next they continued to wait until, at once, the Spirit descended with a mighty wind. Tongues of fire. Crowds hearing in their own languages the message of good news in Jesus Christ.

Don't we need to hear that message again today. Release the sins of any and they are released; bind the sins of any and they will be retained. You have power. You have purpose. You are given God's gifts. How can we claim those things now—in this fractured country? In this city that marks a mournful milestone this Sunday? 

We claim our power in the Holy Spirit. In the power of the Spirit, we are called to proclaim God's message of hope, of peace, of joy. We are called to, in the power of that spirit, confront our internalized racism. Our greed. Our selfishness. Our desire to do things that lead to destruction and death. In the Holy Spirit we find our boldness to do what was once thought impossible, and we discover within ourselves, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

As Pentecost arrives again, let us welcome Holy Spirit and let's allow the gifts of the spirit to develop within us, our community, and our nation. 

Pastor Bugg
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

Psalm 103:17-18
Worship and Study Opportunities
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Announcements
From AS&F
As we continue our faith journey in times of self-quarantine, stay at home orders, Sunday worship on Facebook, and meetings on Zoom, your Admin, Stewardship, and Finance Committee (AS&F) has a simple request: If you are not already doing so, please consider online giving. During these challenging times, and in the absence of collection plates, our giving can be done by online giving or by mailing your offerings to the church. Online giving is convenient and easy to set up. Merely click HERE, or you can access the "Donate Now" box on our website and follow the prompts. You can set it up to automatically contribute weekly, monthly, or quarterly.

Also, if feasible for you, please have your contributions come from a bank account via ACH transfer vs. from a credit card. We are charged a processing fee for credit card donations, lessening the value of your contribution.

Consider a contribution to the COVID-19 Assistance Fund. Click HERE to give online, or send a gift to the church office. These funds are available to help congregation members and non-members alike.

Faithfully,
Bob Prestridge
AS&F
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Caring for Others
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Caring for Yourself
Counseling
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May Birthdays this week


Jackie Stone

Barry La Vigne


Look with favor we pray, on your servants, as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Written by Charles Price (Presbyterian Book of Common Worship)
In this time of COVID-19, we pray:

When we aren't sure, God,
help us be calm;
when information comes
from all sides, correct and not,
help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, God; read more...
Wycliffe Elders
Class of 2020
Mark Via, Pat Carney, John Werner
Laurie Coyne & Cathy Maston
Class of 2021
Jim Basnight, Dohan Bell,
Bess Mann