This evening’s testimony service was focused on the theme of Pentecost. Members of COS reflected on their experience of the person and work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. In the preceding months and year, Nancy, Beth, and Naji have been participants in COS’ “Dunamis” pilot study-group, focused on understanding and experiencing the Holy Spirit. All who have been part of this Reformed-background, Biblically-based course have been appreciative of its impact on their lives. The goal is to now offer it increasingly to the entire congregation. If you would like to know when classes will be offered next, or if you would like to hear more about the “Dunamis” course, please contact Naji Umran (956-7611×25). You are also welcome to watch the Dunamis Course’s 10-minute introductory video online (click here)

The May 11 Pentecost evening service was conducted in the following simplified format (click on the highlighted links below to listen to the MP3s):

Words of welcome and opening songs
PsH 420 – “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”
PsH 424 – “Spirit of the Living God”

Testimony: Nancy Van Noord: “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”
Testimony: Beth Lantinga: “Open My Eyes”
Testimony: Rev. Naji Umran: PsH 260 – “Not What My Hands Have Done”

Offering and Song of Response
PsH 178 – “What Shall I Render to the Lord”
Congregational Prayer for Renewal
Doxology and benediction

Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.