Liturgical Writings for Acts 2:1-21, Pentecost

Call to Worship

God, you come to us with wind and fire, filling us completely.
     Come Holy Spirit, Come
You bring a message, a word, for each of us of grace and mercy.
     Come Holy Spirit, Come
How is it that You love us so much that you offer such amazing love?
     Come Holy Spirit, Come
Your spirit brings us good news of great joy of the wondrous deeds of God.
     Come Holy Spirit, Come
Comfort us as we ask, "What does this mean?"
     Come Holy Spirit, Come
     Amen.

Opening Prayer

Gracious God of wind and flame,
You give us comfort and love with the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Fill our hearts and our minds today so that we may love You more completely.  Offering all of our hearts, our souls, our strength, and our minds.  In the name of Divine Love, Amen.

Prayer for Illumination

Lord, open our hearts and minds
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
that, as the Scriptures are read
and your Word proclaimed,
we may hear with joy what you say to us today.
Amen.

Scripture Reading:  Acts 2:1-21

The Coming of the Holy Spirit
2 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, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd
(Joel 2:28–32)

14 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. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17          ‘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.
18          Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
19          And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20          The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21          Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ [1]

Response to the Word

Let us pray.

O Lord,
You love us so much that you gave us
the gift of your Spirit to
            comfort, challenge, and strength us.
Help us create a renewal of Pentecost
            in our churches and communities
            so that your Kingdom of Love
            will reign forever.
In the name of Christ who redeems,
the spirit that comforts,
and God who transforms.
Amen.

And now we bring to you, O God, Creator, Redeemer, Comforter, the needs of each other and the needs of the world.

Prayers of the People

Mighty God of love and mercy, we praise and thank you for the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit. Especially we thank you for

the diversity of all your children…
the promise love and acceptance for all…
the sustaining presence of family and friends…
the fellowship of the faithful in your church…

     Loving God, we give you thanks.

Gracious God, renew this weary world with Your Spirit, heal the hurts of all your children, and bring about your love for all in Christ Jesus, the living Lord.  Especially we pray for

those who need healing…
people who despair…
the earth and her resources…
communities of faith in all places…

     Merciful God, hear our prayer.

For what else do we pray?

     …Loving God                              …Merciful God
    We Give you thanks      Hear our prayer

Concluding Collect

Amazing God,
You sent your Spirit to the disciples and you send your Spirit to us.
Kindle in us the power of your love so that we may not live in the flesh,
            but live in the power of your Spirit
            setting our minds on values of loving you
            and loving our neighbor
In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ,
            who lives and reigns with you in the unity
            of the Holy Spirit,
            one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Ecumenical Lord's Prayer

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. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

Pass the Peace

Please turn to one another and greet each other with the peace that is Comfort and Love.

Benediction

Now may the God of love
who gives us the presence of the Holy Spirit
comfort and guide you as you go forth into the world
offering love and peace to all you see.
In the name of Creator, Christ, and Spirit,
Amen.


[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Ac 2:1–21). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

3 comments

  1. granbee said on May 21, 2012
    Oh, that we may not live in the power of the flesh, but the power of the Spirit, Terri! My prayer all during this week leading up to Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the birthday of the church!
    1. Terri said on May 21, 2012
      Will you have birthday cake? That's the best part! ;-)

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