Happy Pentecost

Music suggestions

  • Holy Ghost (feat. Bri Babineaux and Alton Eugene)

  • Man of Your Word (feat. Chandler Moore & KJ Scriven) – Maverick City | TRIBL

  • Spirit Lead Me (Lyrics) ~ Michael Ketterer & Influence Music

  • Vertical Worship – Come Holy Spirit

  • Listen Sweet Dove – music by Grayston Ives. Words by George Herbert. The dove is one of the images of the Holy Spirit found in the bible.(Jesus College Cambridge)

  • Listen Sweet Dove – music by Grayston Ives. Words by George Herbert. The dove is one of the images of the Holy Spirit found in the bible.(Jesus College Cambridge)

  • Come down, O Love Divine – familiar hymn words set to music by W. H.Harris (Hereford Cathedral)



31 May 2020


God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

FIRST READING (click to expand)

Acts 2:1-21

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

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.’”

PSALM (click to expand)

Psalm 104:26-36. 37b
(or 104:26-end)

R I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
There is the sea, spread far and wide,
and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great. R

There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan
which you have made to play in the deep.
All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season. R

When you give it them, they gather it;
you open your hand and they are filled with good.
When you hide your face they are troubled;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return again to the dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth. R

May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works;
He looks on the earth and it trembles;
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will make music to my God while I have my being. R

So shall my song please him
while I rejoice in the Lord.
Let sinners be consumed out of the earth
and the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Alleluia. R

SECOND READING (click to expand)

1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

GOSPEL (click to expand)

John 20:19-23

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

It was evening on 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.”


Faithful God,
who fulfilled the promises 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.


O God the Holy Ghost
Who art light unto thine elect
Evermore enlighten us.
Thou who art fire of love Evermore enkindle us.
Thou who art Lord and Giver of Life,
Evermore live in us.
Thou who bestowest sevenfold grace,
Evermore replenish us.
As the wind is thy symbol,
So forward our goings.
As the dove, so launch us heavenwards.
As water, so purify our spirits.
As a cloud, so abate our temptations.
As dew, so revive our languor.
As fire, so purge our dross

Christina Rossetti (AD 1830-1894)


In the power of the Holy Spirit, let us pray.

We pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the people of God all over the world; for a fresh in-breathing of life and power in each church community in these changing times; for a readiness in each heart to be changed and made new, and kindled with fresh zeal for spreading the good news of the Gospel.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

We pray for the peoples of the earth and for the healing of the nations. As the effects of the current pandemic are felt in so many areas of life we pray for grace to see this world and its many needs through the eyes of faith, hope and love. May there be a new thirst for righteousness and creative living at every level and in every aspect of society. May there be a desire for a simpler lifestyle and the honouring of your good creation.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

We pray for communities readjusting to different circumstances; for schools and for your blessing on those  children returning to classes this week and the staff who care for them. We remember those adjusting to new work patterns and all who fear their jobs are lost; for older students and older children  uncertain about their future.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

We give thanks for those who work in our Health Services, remembering especially remembering those  in our fellowship recently involved in the fight against Covid19.  We pray for all who are ill with the virus, or struggling to recover from it, and everyone whose enjoyment of life is marred by sickness, pain or anxiety.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

We pray for those who have died and all who mourn their going; especially giving thanks for Dalia’s life and asking your comfort and peace for John, Thomas and Catherine. In your great love calm the fears of the dying and have mercy on us all.

We thank you, heavenly Father for the gift of Christ among us, and look forward to the future infused with your life.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!



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 breathed and kindled into earth.
The earth herself awakens to her Maker
And is translated out of death to birth.

The right words come today in their right order
And every word spells 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.

by Malcolm Guile

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