Pentecost

During Pentecost season we recall first and foremost the gift of the Holy Spirit. Firstly in the coming of the Spirit on the disciples fifty days after Easter -related in Acts 2, and then on the Spirit’s presence and action in the Church and the world.

Together with all in Christ, we wait
Come Holy Spirit; soak into our deepest being
We pray together with all your people
Come Holy Spirit; breeze through our staleness.
We will hear the scriptures together
Come Holy Spirit; fire up our imaginations for good
We will rejoin you in the world
Come Holy Spirit; salve us with Christ’s smell

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,so that we may be equipped for every good work
              Psalm[s] and reading[s] are announced and read. When all have been read:
Reader: God has sent forth the word
May it not return empty.
              A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.
We affirm our loyalty to God as we say:
What we have received
is not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God,
so that we may understand
what God has freely given us.
No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,”
except by the Holy Spirit.

                            [1Cor 12:3b ]
              Collects may be said.

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
We received the Spirit of adoption
Your Spirit testifies with ours that we are your children:
By your Spirit we cry “Abba! Father”
Appreciations of God’s goodness and greatness may be shared…
Your Spirit hovered over the unformed creation, and overshadowed Mary as the Christ was enwombed, and now your Holy Spirit flares up among us assuring that we are your children, intimating at our core your delight in us,
Our God In heaven, father and mother to us:
Hallowed be your name!

Creator God, release your Spirit to brood over the desolations of human society; deformed by discordant voices, and damaged by overweaning desires.
Let there be justice, let there be peace and let there be healing
              … prayers or biddings relating to this heading may be added here the leader ending with:
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.
Everliving Lover of our souls, you draw all people to yourself, wooing us Spirit to spirit. We remember before you the work of the gospel as it goes forth not to return empty .
              Prayers or biddings relating to this heading may be added here the leader ending with:
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.
Passionately faithful God; may the eternal flame of your Spirit burn in our souls and warm the lives of those whose lives we touch in person, process or in prayer.
              …prayers or biddings relating to this heading may be added here the leader ending with
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.

Be the wind in the sails of our lives and as we are blown forward by your Spirit may we know your comfort and provision
…prayers or biddings asking for God’s provision may be added here the leader ending with
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of our worlds.

There have been times when we have quenched your Spirit in our self-serving or grudge-bearing
              …
We ask your help so that we might truly repent
and know
and offer
joyful forgiveness,
              …
Blow upon us your peace-making breeze:
And renew the face of our lives.
Make our hearts clean, O God
And remake a right spirit within us.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.
A moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because God has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
God has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.

                            [ Luke 4:17-19 and Isaiah 61:1-2 ]
As we seek to walk in the Spirit, let us pause before the likely events and involvements and the unpredictable happenings that face us.
              …
Since we live by the Spirit,
let us keep in step with the Spirit.
                            [Gal 5:25 ]
Now to you who by the power at work within us are able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to you be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
                            [Eph.3:21]

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