Sunday, 31st May

Pentecost

Greeting

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

All: Amen.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

As we wait in silence,

All: fill us with Your Spirit.

As we listen to Your word,

All: fill us with Your Spirit.

As we worship You in majesty,

All: fill us with Your Spirit.

As we long for Your refreshing,

All: fill us with Your Spirit.

As we long for Your renewing,

All: fill us with Your Spirit.

As we long for Your equipping,

All: fill us with Your Spirit.

As we long for Your empowering,

All: fill us with Your Spirit.

 

Silence is kept.

Prayer of Penitence

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’

 

A short time of silence

All: Lord have mercy upon us, forgive us

where we have gone wrong and sinned

and help us to walk from now on in your way.

Amen.

 

May the God of love and power

bring us back to himself,

forgive us and free us from our sins,

and restore us to newness of life by his Spirit.

Amen

 

The Pentecost Reading: Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2, verses 1-21

When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck. They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t theseall Galileans? How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues? Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene; immigrants from Rome, both Jews and proselytes; Even Cretans and Arabs! They’re speaking our languages, describing God’s mighty works!” Their heads were spinning; they couldn’t make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: “What’s going on here?” Others joked, “They’re drunk on cheap wine.”

That’s when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: “Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight. These people aren’t drunk as some of you suspect. They haven’t had time to get drunk—it’s only nine o’clock in the morning. This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen: “In the Last Days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people: Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters; Your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams. When the time comes, I’ll pour out my Spirit On those who serve me, men and women both, and they’ll prophesy. I’ll set wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below, Blood and fire and billowing smoke, the sun turning black and the moon blood-red, Before the Day of the Lord arrives, the Day tremendous and marvellous; And whoever calls out for help to me, God, will be saved.” And now, with the followers of His own time, we await the coming of the promised Holy Spirit, His gift to his people, through whom we make Christ known to the world.

Thought for the week

Breathe on me breath of God…………….

Our breath has been a focus for many of us during these last days and months. The invasion of our air by this unseen virus has led us to hold ourselves apart from each other for these days, guarding the space between us. The breathing out and breathing in of so many has played on our hearts, as we think of those who have been particularly hard hit by this disease struggling to find their breath and gasping to hold onto life. It is the day of Pentecost, Jesus before ascending to heaven breathed on his disciples, opening wide the gates of heaven and beckoning us into the eternal life he has set before us, here the promised Holy Spirit is poured out on the gathered disciples and all people. All the people not just the extra Holy ones. As a world community never was there a time when we needed this life giving breath more. My question to myself throughout this time has been how do we live these days well? Over and over again I have returned to the truth that we can only live these days well if we allow ourselves to be shaped and transformed by the Holy Spirit and attend to God’s breath within us. This is the breath that carried us into being and sustains us whether we notice it or not, offered freely but requiring room. Our calling as a church is to create a spacious place where we allow the Spirit room to breathe within us. We are currently physically separated from one another, yet, as we come together in prayer as a benefice today we are invited to discover our oneness as a worshipping community. To take a moment to notice the different nuances of each other rather like the myriad of languages surrounding those early disciples, to celebrate who we are together as the People of God in these communities. The challenge of Pentecost is to allow the Holy Spirit to transform the barriers of old experience and even pain into bridges of trust and love so that we can learn to be God’s people once again. Empowered by the Holy Spirit we can continue to seek to make Christ present in the communities we love and serve.

Breathe on me, breath of God

fill us with life anew,

that we may love the way you love,

and do what you would do.

 

Intercessions

As we pray for situations around the world let us consciously hold our brothers and sisters in

Christ before God.

Lord, bless Your world

All: And fill us with Your Spirit

 

Have a time of open prayer, letting your heart pour out to God…

All: Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Your Son,

our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

 

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,

ignite in us your holy fire;

strengthen your children with the gift of faith,

revive your church with the breath of love,

and renew the face of the earth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Commission

For fifty days we have celebrated the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over the powers of sin and death. We have proclaimed God’s mighty acts and we have prayed that the power that was at work when God raised Jesus from the dead might be at work in us.

As part of God’s Church here in Awre, Blakeney and Newnham, we call upon you to live out what you proclaim. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, will you dare to walk into God’s future, trusting Him to be your guide?

All: By the Spirit’s power, we will.

Will you dare to embrace each other and grow together in love?

All: We will.

Will you dare to share your riches in common and minister to each other in need?

All: We will.

Will you dare to pray for each other until your hearts beat with the longings of God?

All: We will.

Will you dare to carry the light of Christ into the world’s dark places?

All: We will.

 

Blessing

May the Spirit, who hovered over the waters when the world was

created, breathe into us the life He gives.

All: Amen

May the Spirit, who overshadowed the Virgin when the eternal Son

came among us, make us joyful in the service of the Lord.

All: Amen

May the Spirit, who set the Church on fire upon the Day of Pentecost,

bring the world alive with the love of the risen Christ.

All: Amen

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy

Spirit, be amongst us and remain with us always.

All: Amen

Filled with the Spirit’s power,

go in the light and peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.