Service for Sunday May 31th (Pentecost)
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Pentecost Sunday









Pentecost
by Malcolm Guite

Today we feel the wind beneath our wings,
Today the hidden fountain flows and plays,
Today the church draws breath at last and sings,
As every flame becomes a tongue of praise.
This is the feast of Fire, Air and Water,
Poured out and breather dnd kindled into Earth.
The Earth herself awakens to her maker,
Translated out of death and into birth.
The right words come today in the right order
And every word speaks freedom and release.
Today the gospel crosses every border,
All tongues are loosened by the Prince of Peace.
Today the lost are found in his translation,
Whose mother-tongue is love, in every nation.



Opening Responses

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.

Spirit of truth
whom the world can never grasp,
touch our hearts
with the shock of your coming;
fill us with desire
for your disturbing peace;
and fire us with the longing
to speak your uncontainable word
through Jesus Christ,
Amen

Reading

Acts 2.1-21

9th Century Psalmody


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

Thy blessed unction from above is comfort, life, and fire of love; enable with perpetual light the dullness of our mortal sight.


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 thine eternal merit, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel

John 20.19-23

Reflection

An affirmation of faith

We believe in a loving God,
Whose words sustains our lives
And the world of our hands in the world.
God is life

We believe in God’s Son amongst us,
Sowing the seed 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

Intercessions

We praise you, O God,
for your wonderful gift of yourself.

Poem

Pentecost by Malcom Guite

Prayer of Commitment

Faithful God,
who fulfilled the promise of Easter
by sending us your Holy Spirit
and opening to every race and nation
the way of life eternal:
open our lips by your Spirit,
that every Tongue may tell of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Dismissal


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 love in our lives.

Blessing

The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth,
give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
and strengthen you to proclaim the word and works of God;
and the blessing …

Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.