+ In the name the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
Opening sentence and prayer:
Today is Pentecost Sunday, ‘the great beginning of the Church’, the day the Holy Spirit first came to confused and frightened disciples.
Send down, O God, upon Your people the flame of Your Holy Spirit, and fill us with Your presence and power. May Your life-giving Spirit lend fire to our words and strength to our witness. Send us forth to the nations of the world to proclaim with boldness Your wondrous work of raising Christ to Your right hand. We pray through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
A Reading from the Book of Acts: Acts 2:1-11 (NLT)
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 (NLT)
Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works —
May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.
A Reading from the Letters: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 (NLT)
Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body — whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
A Reading from the Gospels: John 20:19-23 (NLT)
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Aware of the Spirit at work in us, we come to You, Heavenly Father, with our prayers.
+ For all those who have been touched by the Spirit — that they may always allow God’s Power to work in them…. Lord, hear us.
+ For a world plagued by hunger, war and destruction — that the Spirit may renew the face of the earth…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those who have never known God’s love — that the Spirit may be with all who witness to the love of Christ…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people who can’t get on with each other — that the Spirit of love may bring harmony and peace…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who receive Communion today — that the Spirit may help them love Jesus more each day…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who gather together, celebrating the Spirit’s coming — that our faith may be firm, our hope sure and our love without end…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who have died in Christ – that the Spirit may awaken them to life without end…. Lord, hear us.
Lord God, how great You are, how many are Your works: let Your Spirit guide your people, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Cor. 13:14)
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen