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Full service with hymn and reflection below

 

Sunday 31st May

The Day of Pentecost

 

 

Preparation

Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful people,
and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Alleluia: Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Hymn

Silent prayer

Collect

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.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading  from the Acts of the Apostles

Psalm portion     

Gospel Reading

Reflection (pdf)    also available in Audio

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father
and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic
and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Prayers


Penitence

Intercession

The Lord's Prayer


 

Conclusion

Father,
whose generosity knows no bounds,
anoint us with your Holy Spirit:
agent of your acceptance and adoption,
your equipping and empowering.
Form us in the likeness of your Son,
make us witnesses of your astonishing love,
and fill us afresh with life in all its fullness
.

 

Additional music

Opening movement of J.S. Bach's Cantata 172 for the Day of Pentecost (Erschallet, ihr Lieder)

Ye voices resounding,
ye psalteries sounding,
O glory abounding,
The souls of the righteous God maketh his dwelling.


 

Acts 2.1-21

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.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

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.”

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New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. http://nrsvbibles.org


 

Psalm 104.26-36, 37b

26  O Lord, how manifold are your works! ♦︎
   In wisdom you have made them all;
      the earth is full of your creatures.
27  There is the sea, spread far and wide, ♦︎
   and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.
28  There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan ♦︎
   which you have made to play in the deep.
29  All of these look to you ♦︎
   to give them their food in due season.
30  When you give it them, they gather it; ♦︎
   you open your hand and they are filled with good.
31  When you hide your face they are troubled; ♦︎
   when you take away their breath,
      they die and return again to the dust.
32  When you send forth your spirit, they are created, ♦︎
   and you renew the face of the earth.

33  May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; ♦︎
   may the Lord rejoice in his works;
34  He looks on the earth and it trembles; ♦︎
   he touches the mountains and they smoke.
35  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; ♦︎
   I will make music to my God while I have my being.
36  So shall my song please him ♦︎
   while I rejoice in the Lord.
      Alleluia.

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The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources


 

John 20.19-23

When it was evening on that day, 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.’

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New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. http://nrsvbibles.org

 

Penitence

You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:

Lord, have mercy.

You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:

Christ, have mercy.

You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:

Lord, have mercy.

O God of love and power,
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by your Spirit,
and raise us to new life
in Christ our Lord.

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Intercession

Come, Holy Spirit, creator,
and renew the earth.

Holy Spirit, come upon us.

Come, Holy Spirit, counsellor:
touch our lips that we may proclaim your word.

Holy Spirit, come upon us.

Come, Holy Spirit, wisdom and truth:
strengthen us to be bold in faith,
to meet the challenges of this time.

Holy Spirit, come upon us.

Come, Holy Spirit, power from on high:
make us channels of peace
and ministers of healing:

Holy Spirit, come upon us.

Come, Holy Spirit, breath of God:
give life to the dry bones around us,
and make us a living people,
holy and free.

Holy Spirit, come upon us.

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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.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. 
Amen.
 

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