Pentecost service

Whitsunday

The Lord’s Prayer (in Dutch)

Onze vader die in de hemel zijt,
uw naam worde geheiligd.
Uw rijk kome.
Uw wil geschiede
op aarde, zoals in de hemel.
Geef ons heden ons dagelijks brood.
En vergeef ons onze schuld,
zoals ook wij vergeven hebben aan onze schuldenaren.
En leid ons niet in bekoring,
maar behoed ons voor het kwaad.
Want van U is het Koninkrijk
en de kracht
en de heerlijkheid
in de eeuwigheid. Amen.

The Greeting

God says: I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
The Spirit has come. Alleluia!

Christ says: I will ask the Father
and he will give you another Counsellor
to be with you for ever.
The Spirit has come. Alleluia!

Come Holy Spirit, gentle as a dove,
burning as fire, powerful as the wind.
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

The Paschal candle is lit.

Hymn

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
and lighten with celestial fire;
thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

Thy blessèd unction from above
is comfort, life, and fire of love;
enable with perpetual light
the dulness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our soilèd face
with the abundance of thy grace:
keep far our foes, give peace at home;
where thou art guide no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
and thee, of Both, to be but One;
that through the ages all along
this may be our endless song.

‘Praise to thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.’

Reading ‘When the Day of Pentecost came’


(A Prayer by David Lemmon)

When the day of Pentecost came there was a noise … like a strong wind blowing.

Wind to blow away the cobwebs of tradition.
Wind to freshen our faces and awaken us to the challenges of today.
Wind to fill our sails and send us on a voyage of spiritual discovery.

Wind of the Spirit,
blow strongly through the Church
and enliven us with the breath of God.

They saw … tongues of fire …

Fire to burn away the rubbish in our lives.
Fire for spiritual heat to ‘strangely warm’ our hearts.
Fire to light a beacon of hope for the people in our communities.
Fire of the Spirit,
blaze away in the Church
and set us on fire for the Gospel.

They heard the believers speaking in their own languages.

Speaking in a way that people can understand.
Speaking to real needs, having something to say on real issues.
Speaking so that our neighbours want to listen.

Words of the Spirit,
speak to us and through us,
that we may preach the living Word.

But others said: ‘These people are drunk!’

Perhaps they were:
Drunk on the new wine of the kingdom of God.
High on the power of the Holy Spirit –
celebrating the birth of the Church of Jesus Christ.

Holy Spirit of God,
inspire and excite us as we celebrate in worship,
and empower the work and witness of your Church today. Amen.

Opening Prayer

God speaks to us:
in the riches of creation.
God speaks to us:
in the stories of Jesus.
God speaks to us:
in the lives of other people.
God speaks to us:
in words and ways that we can understand.
God of fire and beauty:
warm us.
God of peace and justice:
disturb us.
God of wind and wonder:
amaze us.
God of Pentecost:
kindle your fire in our lives.

Prayers of Penitence

Spirit of God, flickering over our heads,
illuminating our faces, inspiring our thoughts,
we confess to you our selfishness and lack of love.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Spirit of God, filling our hearts with hope,
steadying our nerves with peace,
comforting our lives with love,
we confess to you our fear and failure
in sharing our faith.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Spirit of God, come to us now,
surging through the darkness of our lives,
so that in this time of Pentecost,
the sparkling light of faith, the rushing wind of hope,
and the joyful sound of praise may echo round the world.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Absolution

May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis

We say

Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest!
Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest!
To God be glory for ever.
To God be glory for ever.
Alleluia! Amen.
Alleluia! Amen.
Alleluia! Amen.
Alleluia! Amen. Alleluia! Amen.

The Collect

God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Readings

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 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. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 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? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

“In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

It was evening on the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Sermon

An Affirmation for Pentecost

We believe in a loving God,
whose Word sustains our lives
and the work of our hands in the world.
God is life.

We believe in God‘s Son amongst us,
sowing the seeds of life’s renewal.
He lived with the poor to show the meaning of love.
Jesus Christ is Lord.

We believe in the Holy Spirit of Life,
making us one with God,
renewing our strength with her own.
The Spirit is love. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

This response may be used

God, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Notices

Litany of the Spirit

‘The fire of grace, kindled in the hearts of Christians by the Holy Spirit, make them shine like tapers before the Son of God.’

Candles are lit.

God of all beginnings
God of all endings
Eternal light of God
Warm breath of God
Melting touch of God
Healing hand of God
Creative love of God
Life-giving Spirit
Breath of the universe
Craftsman of the heavens
Star-kindling Spirit
Sun-warming Spirit
Moon- burnishing Spirit
Painter of rainbows
Midwife of creatures
Source of all life
Spirit of justice
Spirit of righteousness
Spirit of integrity
Spirit of mercy
Light of our lives
Strength in our weakness
Supporter in our trials
Healer of wounds
Tenderness in distress
Safe sheltering God
Laugher of God
Deep wisdom in God
Still centre of God
Opener of new pathways
Inspirer of peacemakers
Wellspring of life
Clear stream of refreshment

Divine wind, breath of God
as a whisper of the breeze,
a wind dancing in the treetops,
an exhilarating wind of the clifftops,
so we sense you.

Blessing

Free flowing Sprit
gather us, travel with us, dance with us, lift our spirits
that we may find our strength, our confidence,
our freedom in you, the ground of our being;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.