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Sunday 23rd May - Pentecost

 

Opening Prayer

Loving God, on this day of Pentecost, may we connect with others through this act of worship.  May your Spirit move among us.

 

Hymn: StF 385: Holy Spirit, we welcome you 

Sing/ Read /pray /proclaim the words or listen to it here:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5rHa_epc7w

Holy Spirit, we welcome You. (x2)

Move among us with holy fire,

As we lay aside all earthly desires,

Hands reach out and our hearts aspire.

Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit,
Holy Spirit, we welcome You.

Holy Spirit, we welcome You. (x2)

Let the breeze of Your presence blow,

That Your children here might truly know

How to move in the Spirit’s flow.

Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit,
Holy Spirit, we welcome You.

Holy Spirit, we welcome You. (x2)

Please accomplish in me today

Some new work of loving grace, I pray;

Unreservedly have Your way.

Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit,
Holy Spirit, we welcome You.

Chris Bowater © 1986 Sovereign Lifestyle Music.

 

Let us pray together

Gracious God, we give thanks today for every work of loving grace we have seen in our lives this week. 

We bring them to mind in thanksgiving.

Loving God, we give thanks today for every glimpse of your Spirit at work in the world around us. 

We bring them to mind in adoration.

Merciful God, we acknowledge there have been times in our lives this week where we have not allowed you to work in our lives without reservation.

We bring them to mind in humility.

Jesus, who promised the Spirit, promised too that we could be people who forgive one another and receive forgiveness from God.

We give thanks for that forgiveness now to our gracious, loving and merciful God.  Amen.

 

Readings John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Acts 2:1-21

 

Time to Reflect

I don’t know about you, but I often find the anticipation of something is very different to what actually happens.  That difficult conversation you build up in your mind and worry about that goes really well.  The quick and easy piece of work that takes quite a few hours.  The panic at finding a new place when, in the end, the journey is straight forward.

In our Gospel reading today, Jesus tries to give a sense of what it will mean for the Spirit of Truth to come to the disciples.  I wonder if, when it came to Pentecost, what actually happened was very different from what they anticipated?  After all, Jesus didn’t exactly say that there would be tongues of fire and miracles of communication involved!

We’ve definitely needed some miracles of communication over the past year.  Different ways have worked for different people and, if we are honest, we haven’t always been able to anticipate what will work best straight away or get it right all the time.  Yet, one of the things that strikes me about the story of Pentecost, is the way in which the Spirit breaks down barriers of communication.  When that happens, people experience God in ways that are meaningful to them. 

I wonder what barriers of communication we have seen broken down in ways that need to continue?  What are the barriers that we still need to work on breaking down?  How will we respond when what happens is different to what we anticipated?   What will we learn from our experiences both over the past year and into the future?

This Pentecost, my prayer for everyone is that you may experience the Spirit of God at work in your life today.  Oh, and don’t be surprised if it happens in ways you didn’t anticipate!

Take a time to sit quietly.

 

A time of prayer

Prayers for others

I am sure there are many people and places on your mind right now.  To give you a focus for thinking about them you might like to light a candle or battery tea light.

As you bring each person and situation to mind, you may find it helpful to use the words of the hymn below to help you reflect.

Come, Lord Jesus, come, Lord Jesus,

Pour out Your Spirit we pray.

Come, Lord Jesus, come, Lord Jesus,

Pour out Your Spirit on us today.

Noel Richards & Gerald Coates © 1992 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music. (Singing the Faith 405)

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father ……

Hymn: StF 397: The Spirit live to set us free

Sing/ Read /pray /proclaim the words or listen to it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDcbYk-9C-Y
or sing a verse of a hymn that comes to mind

The Spirit lives to set us free,
walk, walk in the light.
He binds us all in unity,
walk, walk in the light.

Walk in the light, walk in the light,
Walk in the light, walk in the light of the Lord.

Jesus promised life to all,
walk, walk in the light.
The dead were wakened by his call,
walk, walk in the light.

He died in pain on Calvary,
walk, walk in the light.
To save the lost like you and me,
walk, walk in the light.

We know his death was not the end,
walk, walk in the light.
He gave his Spirit to be our friend,
walk, walk in the light.

The Spirit lives in you and me,
walk, walk in the light.
His light will shine for all to see,
walk, walk in the light.

Damian Lundy © 1978 Kevin Mayhew Ltd


A prayer of blessing

This Pentecost Sunday may we go from this space to walk in the light, be guided by the Spirit, and proclaim Christ Jesus.  Amen.

We think of all who shared this Pentecost service today.  We bring to mind the faces of those we have gathered in worship with over the years and pray that the blessing of God, Spirit, Son and Father remain with them and with us, now and forever.  Amen.

Original Materials by The Rev’d Lorna Valentine
All  Hymns reproduced under CCLi 1144191. 
Local Churches please insert CCCLi No here 3382 / 761

We are grateful to all the Ministers and Local Preachers from around the Connexion who have contributed to Worship at Home. This resource is administrated by Ministries: Vocations and Worship in the Connexional Team. We aim to continue to provide these resources until the end of August 2021.


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