The Holy Spirit: God’s virus

Sunday 31st May 2020: The Holy Spirit: God’s virus

Image Credit: Winter Breath by Loren Kerns licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Service

Worship Songs

Words for the Service

So let’s all say or even shout 3 times as I light the Easter candle for the last time:

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

We pray the prayer of preparation together:

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession

This is a kyrie confession so just repeat the last line of each part after me:

You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

May the God of love

bring us back to himself,

forgive us our sins,

and assure us of his eternal love

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Collect Pentecost Sunday

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.

Amen.

Songs: led by Susie

Great is the Lord

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise

The city of our God, the holy place

The joy of the whole earth

Great is the Lord in whom we have the victory

He aids us against the enemy

We bow down on our knees

 

And Lord, we want to lift your name on high

And Lord, we want to thank you for the work you’ve done in our lives

And Lord, we trust in your unfailing love

For you alone are God eternal, throughout earth and heaven above

 

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise

The city of our God, the holy place

The joy of the whole earth

Great is the Lord in whom we have the victory

He aids us against the enemy

We bow down on our knees

 

And Lord, we want to lift your name on high

And Lord, we want to thank you for the work you’ve done in our lives

And Lord, we trust in your unfailing love

For you alone are God eternal, throughout earth and heaven above

 

And Lord, we want to lift your name on high

And Lord, we want to thank you for the work you’ve done in our lives

And Lord, we trust in your unfailing love

For you alone are God eternal, throughout earth and heaven above

Steve McEwan © 1985 Body Songs

This is the air I breathe

This is the air I breathe

This is the air I breathe

Your holy presence living in me

This is my daily bread

This is my daily bread

Your very word spoken to me

 

And I’m, I’m desperate for you

And I’m, I’m lost without you

 

This is the air I breathe

This is the air I breathe

Your holy presence living in me

This is my daily bread

This is my daily bread

Your very word spoken to me

 

And I’m, I’m desperate for you

And I’m, I’m lost without you

 

And I’m, I’m desperate for you

And I’m, I’m lost without you

 

I’m lost without you…

I’m lost without you…

 

This is the air I breathe

This is the air…I breathe

Marie Barnett © 1995 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing

Blessing

The almighty and merciful Lord,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless us and keep us.

Amen.

Readings

John 20:19-23

19 When therefore it was evening, on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had said this, he showed unto them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace be unto you: as the Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit:

23 whose soever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven unto them; whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

Acts 2:1-21

1 And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they were all together in one place.

2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.

6 And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speaking in his own language.

7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying, Behold, are not all these that speak Galilaeans?

8 And how hear we, every man in our own language wherein we were born?

9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judaea and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia,

10 in Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and sojourners from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretans and Arabians, we hear them speaking in our tongues the mighty works of God.

12 And they were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

13 But others mocking said, They are filled with new wine.

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spake forth unto them, saying, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and give ear unto my words.

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose; seeing it is but the third hour of the day;

16 but this is that which hath been spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 And it shall be in the last days, saith God, I will pour forth of 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 Yea and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days Will I pour forth of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.

19 And I will show wonders in the heaven above, And signs on the earth beneath; Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the day of the Lord come, That great and notable day.

21 And it shall be, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.