Sunday 19 May, 2013- Pentecost, Year C

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

Some ideas for decorating the church for Pentecost:
SYMBOLS OF THE SPIRIT
Just as few ceremonies have been developed for Pentecost, so also there are very few symbols for the Spirit. The following include some common, and some not so common, images:
*    The descending dove: from the stories of Christ’s baptism, the dove is one of the oldest and the best known symbols for the Spirit. The dove is usually drawn in a conventionalised or stylised manner, rather than realistically; it is always white and occasionally shown with a three-rayed nimbus. Seven doves have been used to depict the ‘sevenfold’ Spirit of Isaiah 11:2-3a.
*    The flame of fire: from the story of Pentecost (and Sinai), fire is also a popular symbol. This may be depicted as a single flame, or as seven flames.
*    Seven burning lamps or torches (or a seven-branched candle stick): from Revelation 1 and 4:5.
*    The seven-gift scroll: In order to depict the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit, a scroll may be used with the names of the seven gifts on it. The Old Testament form is given in Isaiah 11:2,3a, where the Latin Vulgate interepreted 3a as another ‘gift’ of the Spirit. The gifts are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, piety, fear. The New Testament list is taken from Revelation 5:12 (though these are not commonly recognised as ‘gifts of the Spirit’ today, they were once more common than the OT list): blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honour, power and might.
*    The nine fruits of the Spirit: Again, often written on a scroll, these are taken from Galatians 5:22,23a: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

DECORATION
There are various possibilities for decoration:
*    Use red and white flowers in the sanctuary. Could use poinsettias (like flames) or strelitzia (bird of paradise). Could include white dove and/or red candles (see last point below) in the arrangement.
*    A flame design could be created using red/orange flowers.
*    Arrange twelve torches (candles on high stands) at the end of the pews along the aisle (as sometimes done for carols by candlelight at Christmas), but use either red candles or red chimney glasses.
*    Decorate the church with red, yellow, and orange streamers. Arrange the streamers so that they highlight the places where the Spirit works through the means of grace: the altar, the baptismal font, the pulpit/lectern.
*    Decorate the church with the flags of different nationalities, especially those represented by congregational members.
*    Candles in the church are usually white. This is said to be because they symbolise Christ. However, on this occasion the candles on the altar and in the sanctuary could be red, to symbolise the fire of the Spirit.

  • Altar colour: Red
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Acts 2:1-21 The coming of the Holy Spirit
    OR Genesis 11:1-9 The tower of Babel and confusion of tongues
    PSALM Psalm 104:24-34, 35b *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 8:14-17 The Spirit makes us God’s children
    OR Acts 2:1-21 The coming of the Holy Spirit (if not read as the first reading)
    GOSPEL John 14:8-17 (25-27) Jesus promises the Holy Spirit
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon

    Based on Romans reading: Pr Tim Stringer
    Based on Acts reading: Pr Roger Atze
    Based on Genesis reading: edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 11 1-9 – year c – pentecost
  • Orders of service:
    Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Traditional
    O God,
    since you taught the hearts of your faithful people
    by sending them the light of your Holy Spirit:
    Grant us by the same Spirit
    to have a right judgment in all things
    and always rejoice in his holy comfort;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Lord God,
    you taught the hearts of your faithful people
    by sending them the light of your Holy Spirit.
    Fill us with the same Spirit,
    so that we may love what is right
    and always rejoice in his comfort.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray for the power of the Holy Spirit. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    you sent your Holy Spirit at Pentecost,
    making the disciples bold to preach the good news.
    Send us out with the power of the same Spirit
    to spread the fire of your love.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Pentecost C
  • Offering Prayer:
    Holy God,
    may the Spirit you give us
    make us more and more like your Son,
    loving and self-giving.
    Amen.
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to download the text file) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading(a): Acts 2:1-21
    LHS

    116    Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove* G8
    117    Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
    119    Come down, O Love divine G8
    121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4
    124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3
    128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
    129    Breathe on me, Breath of God G5
    227    O Spirit of the living God G5
    229    Revive Thy work, O Lord* G5
    505    Father, who the light this day G4
    773    Filled with the Spirit’s power G7
    775    Let every Christian pray G7
    779    My Lord of light, who made the worlds G8
    AT
    218    Spirit, Spirit of gentleness
    249    As a dream receive your history
    264    Spirit of God, you’re with me
    299    Pour it all out, Jesus
    334    Wa wa wa Emimimo
    358    Holy Spirit, living water
    TIS
    186    Alleluia (v 6)
    396    Come, Holy Spirit, our souls inspire
    397    Come, Spirit blest, Creator, come
    398    Come down, O love divine
    399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
    400    O Holy Spirit, enter in
    401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
    404    Lord God, the Spirit blest
    405    O Spirit of the living God
    406    Spirit divine, attend our prayers
    407    Breathe on me, Breath of God
    409    O breath of life, come sweeping through us
    411    Filled with the Spirit’s power
    415    Praise the Spirit in creation
    416    Great God, your Spirit like the wind
    420    Holy Spirit, go before us
    422    Come, Holy Spirit, come
    423    Christians, lift up your hearts
    572    O thou who camest from above
    711    Wa wa wa Emimimo

    First reading (b) : Genesis 11:1-9
    LHS

    121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4
    AT
    218    Spirit, Spirit of gentleness
    264    Spirit of God, you’re with me
    TIS
    399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord

    Second reading (a): Romans 8:14-17
    LHS

    109    Draw us to Thee* G5
    121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G5
    128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
    134    Come O come, Thou quickening Spirit* G3
    142    We all believe in one true God* G3
    160    Arise, my soul, arise G9 (esp v 1,4,5)
    277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4
    423    Jehovah, let me now adore Thee* G5 (esp v 1,4,5 – v5 not revised)
    441    With joyful hearts your praises bring* G3
    777    Father in heaven G5
    798    Eternal ruler of the ceaseless round G6
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    850    O Father, my Father GS
    AT
    6    O Father, my Father
    12    We are heirs of the Father
    115    Father in heaven
    223    When your Spirit moves
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    393    A child of God
    TIS
    399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
    401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
    412    God sends us his Spirit
    435    We all believe in God who made
    465    Father in heaven
    481    Baptised into your name most holy
    493    Wash, O God, your sons and daughters

    Second reading (b): Acts 2:1-21
    See suggestions for first reading

    Gospel: John 14:8-17 (25-27)
    LHS

    116    Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove* G8
    118    O Holy Ghost, to Thee we all pray* G3
    122    O Holy Ghost, Thou gift divine* G5
    124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3
    125    Come gracious Spirit, heavenly dove G5
    128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
    130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple* G4
    131    Holy Ghost, with light divine* G5
    175    Thou art the way, to Thee alone* G6
    188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand*
    512    Lord, Thy blessing send us* G7
    513    Peace to soothe all grief and woe G5
    AT
    184    Love is the law
    240    My peace I give
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    264    Spirit of God
    406    Peace
    410    Peace be with you
    487    Make your home in me
    496    Don’t be afraid
    TIS
    226    Thou art the way, by thee alone
    400    O Holy Spirit, enter in
    401    O Spirit of Life, O Spirit of God
    402    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
    412    God sends us his Spirit
    413    Holy Spirit, come confirm us
    426    Spirit of truth, essential God
    509    Come now, everlasting Spirit
    529    By your priestly power, O risen Lord
    601    O Master, let me walk with thee
    713    Dona nobis pacem (verse John 14:27)
    778    Shalom to you now

    OTHER SONGS FROM THE ‘ALL TOGETHER’ SONGBOOKS

    The following songs from the ‘All Together’ books are suitable for Pentecost.
    99    Pentecost Prayer
    105    Spirit of God
    192    Spirit of Peace
    202    Move when the Spirit say move
    217    Shine, Jesus, shine
    218    Spirit
    223    When your Spirit moves
    249    Dreams and visions
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    264    Spirit of God
    276    Into your death
    299    Pour it all out, Jesus
    334    Wa wa wa Emimimo
    359    Holy Spirit, living water
    469    Wind is moving

    PSALM 104
    TIS 65, Praise the Lord, O my soul, is a version of Psalm 104:1,24,27-31,33.

    The following metrical version of Psalm 104:24-34, 35b by David Schütz may be sung to the tune of ‘What wondrous love is this’ (LHS 794, ATA 145). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    How many are your works, O Lord God, and how wise!
    Your creatures fill all parts of the earth.
    Where ships sail to and fro, on seas so great and wide,
    there countless creatures live, and the whales have their sport,
    and you have made them all, great and small.

    See how they look to you for their food in due time.
    You open up your hand, they are filled.
    But when you hide your face, they suffer in dismay.
    You take away their breath, and they die and decay;
    they all return again to the dust.

    You send your spirit out to create life again,
    and you renew the face of the earth;
    rejoice, Lord, in your works, your glory evermore!
    You look upon the earth, and it trembles and quakes;
    the mountains pour out smoke at your touch.

    So I’ll sing to the Lord, for as long as I live;
    I’ll sing my praise to God all my life.
    And may my words and thoughts be pleasing to the Lord,
    for in the Lord alone will my soul find its joy:
    O bless the Lord, my soul! Praise the Lord!

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 104 p174 , Psalm 104 p175

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