Sunday 8 June, 2014 – Pentecost, Year A

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.

The Jewish festival ‘Pentecost’ came fifty days after the Passover. According to the Acts account, this was the day that the Holy Spirit was given to the church. In the earliest period of the church, Pentecost was a double celebration of both the ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit. It was only late in the fourth century that the ascension came to be celebrated separately on its chronological date 40 days after Easter. At the same time, the term ‘Pentecost’ often referred to the whole 50 day period, not just the final Sunday. Despite the fact that the Acts chronology has received a liturgical imprimatur, Luke’s gospel seems to place Jesus’ ascension on the same day as his resurrection, and John’s gospel also places the giving of the Holy Spirit on Easter day. So it can be seen that the themes of Christ’s resurrection and ascension, together with the coming of the Holy Spirit, form not separate celebrations, but one celebration in the church.

As few people attend the Ascension Day services of the church today, we may need to give consideration to reintroducing the theme of the ascension into the Pentecost celebration, noting the clear connection between the two on the basis of texts such as John 14.

Just as the third article of the creeds was not highly developed in the early period, so also the ancient church developed no particular ceremonies in connection with Pentecost, apart from the fact that this is the last day that the paschal candle is lit.

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:
    Note: It is intended that the reading from Acts be read as either the first or the second reading. Although alternatives are given for both the first and second readings, the Acts reading should not to be omitted on this day.
    FIRST READING Acts 2:1-21 The coming of the Holy Spirit
    OR Numbers 11:24-30 Seventy elders of Israel receive the Spirit
    PSALM Psalm 104:24-34,35b *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 The gifts of the Spirit
    OR, if not read as the first reading Acts 2:1-21 The coming of the Holy Spirit
    GOSPEL John 20:19-23 Jesus gives his Spirit to the apostles
    OR John 7:37-39 Jesus promises streams of life-giving water
  • 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 gospel: edited for lay reading sermon – john 20v19-23 – year a – pentecost
    Based on Acts reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – acts 2 1-21 – years a b c – pentecost ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
    Based on 1 Corinthians reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Heath Pukallus ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Orders of service:
    Pentecost 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
    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Prayer after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ,
    for giving the Holy Spirit to your disciples.
    Fill us with the joy and peace of the Spirit.

  • Offering prayer
    Holy God,
    may the Spirit you give us
    make us more and more like your Son,
    loving and self-giving.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Pentecost A
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;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

    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
    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
    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): Numbers 11:24-30

    229    Revive Thy work. O Lord* G5
    359    Holy Spirit, living water
    415    Praise the Spirit in creation

    Second reading (a): 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

    121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4
    194    Thy hand, O God, has guided G3
    245    Lord of the Church, we humbly pray* G6
    264    Spirit of God
    313    Christ be our light
    388    One body
    399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
    413    Holy Spirit, come confirm us
    419    Like the murmur of the dove’s flight
    422    Come Holy Spirit, come
    440    Christ, from whom all blessings flow
    442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
    456    Your hand, O God, has guided
    468    We are your people
    572    O thou who camest from above
    630    The law of Christ alone can make us free

    Second reading (b): Acts 2:1-21
    See above under the first reading.

    Gospel (a): John 20:19-23

    129    Breathe on me, Breath of God G5
    504    To Thy temple I repair G5
    512    Lord, Thy blessing send us* G7
    513    Peace to soothe all grief and woe G5
    803    Peace with the Father G7
    305    Thuma mina
    343    Jesus come and stand among us
    406    Peace
    576    Bless us Lord (benediction)
    363    Alleluia (v 4)
    407    Breathe on me, breath of God
    408    O breath of God, breathe on us now
    466    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his son
    623    Lord Christ, true peace of all above
    635    ’Forgive our sins as we forgive’
    749    Thuma mina

    Gospel (b): John 7:37-39

    126    O Thou source of sweetest gladness
    127    Come, Holy Spirit, come (v 5)* G4
    158    Jesus, lover of my soul G4
    364    A new heart, Lord, create in me* G5
    359    Holy Spirit, living water
    211    Jesus, lover of my soul
    559    A new heart, Lord, create in me
    744    Refresh my heart

    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

    While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
    Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
    Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.

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