Sunday 20 May, 2018 – Pentecost, Year B

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.

Altar colour: Red

Bible readings:
FIRST READING Acts 2:1-21 The coming of the Holy Spirit
OR Ezekiel 37:1-14 The vision of the valley of dry bones
PSALM Psalm 104:24-34,35b *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 8:22-27 As we live in hope, the Spirit intercedes for us
OR, if not read as the first reading Acts 2:1-21 The coming of the Holy Spirit
GOSPEL John 15:26,27; 16:4b-15 The work of the Spirit of truth

Notes on the readings
ACTS 2:1-21: Visible and audible signs of wind and fire occur together with the promised outpouring of the Spirit to demonstrate the authentic action of God. Speaking in tongues was also a sign beyond human comprehension and intelligence showing the presence of the Spirit’s action. The miracle was not only in the speech of the linguistically unskilled disciples, but also in the hearing and understanding of dispersed Jews from many other countries present in Jerusalem just at that time. Here is a reversal of the chaos of Babel! This event cannot be separated from all the events of Jesus’ earthly ministry, his birth, his divinely authoritative preaching and teaching, his substitutionary death for the sins of the world and his resurrection and, of course, his ascension. The whole event could only happen as an outflow of his exalted return to the full resumption of his glorious state of godhead. This is the baptism with fire to which John the Baptist alluded and is a retrospective demonstration of Jesus’ true messiahship. Peter uses Ezekiel’s prophecy to connect the crowd’s present experience to the future role of Christ’s message bringing eternal salvation from destruction to whoever will believe.

ROMANS 8:22-27: In picture language even the creation, spoilt through our first parents’ fall into sin, looks forward in longing to ultimate restoration of God’s purposed perfection. How much more do the people of God look forward with patient hope for their finally fulfilled perfection. In the meantime God’s Spirit struggles on their behalf in a depth of prayer which human limits prevent. What an encouragement to persist in endurance amid doubts and spiritual setbacks!

JOHN 15:26-27; 16:4b-15: Jesus here before his death comforts his disciples with an appraisal of the coming role of the Spirit after his own departure. He uses the name ‘Advocate’ for the Spirit because the Spirit represents believers before the Father, and also presents the directives of the Father and the Son to those who testify for Jesus on this earth. Because Jesus is withdrawing his physical presence it is important they know that they will still be led as they take the testimony of the gospel into the world. Thus the Spirit can convince the world about sin, righteousness and judgment. The disciples could continue in trust that what the Spirit would reveal to them and remind them of would be simply that which Jesus had already achieved and would achieve through them in the future. The Father, Son, and Spirit are in perfect accord in this divine work.

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 : Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 16 7 – year b – pentecost
Based on Romans reading: edited for lay reading sermon – romans 8 18-25 – year b – pentecostPr Heath Pukallus
Based on Acts reading: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 2 1-21 – year b – pentecost

Orders of service:
Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdfdoc / ppt )
Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
Service orders with holy communion
NEW Hymnic Service with HC for Pentecost Day
Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)

Opening Sentences

God has poured out his love into our hearts
by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us. (Rom 5:5 NIV)
Come, Holy Spirit, Lord and giver of life.
Fill the hearts of your faithful people
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Come, Holy Spirit, Lord and giver of life.
OR
Come, Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of your faithful people
and kindle in them the fire of your love.

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.

ALLELUIA VERSE
Alleluia.
The Spirit of the Lord fills the world. Alleluia!
Alleluia.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people,
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ,
for sending the Holy Spirit.
Fill us with the joy and peace of the Spirit.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Pentecost Sunday B

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

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:  Prayer of the Church – Pentecost B

Resources for services with Holy Communion
SEASONAL PREFACE
It is indeed right and good,
Lord God, holy Father,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
When he had ascended above the heavens
and was enthroned at your right hand,
he poured out the promised Holy Spirit
on his chosen people.
At this the whole earth greatly rejoices,
praising your name with many tongues.
And so, with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we adore and praise your glorious name:

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
Here is a modified form of the eucharistic prayer (ie prayer of thanksgiving) in the Service – Alternative Form (also in the Sing the Feast settings).

All praise and thanks be to you, eternal God, holy Father,
together with your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the Holy Spirit, who unites your people in love.
We thank you for creating all things.
We thank you for calling and rescuing your chosen people.
Above all we thank and praise you
for keeping your promise to the people of old
and sending your Son Jesus Christ.
You poured out your Spirit on us,
filling us with gifts and leading us into all truth.
You give your people power
to proclaim the good news about your Son to all nations.
And so we remember
his life, death, and resurrection for our salvation
as he comes to us in this holy meal.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Here is a version for use in the Modern Liturgy (originally from Worship Today).
Gracious Father,
we remember the sacrifice of our Lord in celebration,
as we receive his body and blood
with this bread and wine.
We rejoice to receive all that he has done for us
in his life and death,
his resurrection and ascension.
We thank you that you poured out your Spirit on us,
filling us with gifts and leading us into all truth,
and that you give your people power
to proclaim the good news about your Son to all nations.
As you sent your Holy Spirit at Pentecost,
so fill us with your Spirit
that we who receive the body and blood of Christ
may live as true members of the body of your Son.
Amen.

If using the Service – Alternative Form or Sing the Feast settings 1 or 2, you could modify the prayer ‘Send us your Holy Spirit’ in the following way.
As you sent your Holy Spirit at Pentecost,
so send us now your Spirit to strengthen our faith,
so that we who receive the body and blood of Christ
may live as true members of the body of your Son.
Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

OR
If using the Service with Communion, you could use the above prayer after the words of institution, beginning:
Heavenly Father, as you sent . . .

COMMUNION INVITATION
Jesus says: ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,
and let the one who believes in me drink.’
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
We thank you, heavenly Father,
that you have given us one Spirit to drink
through the body and blood of your Son.
Let your Holy Spirit unite us all
in the holy fellowship of faith and love and praise.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

SEASONAL BLESSING
This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.

(May) the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope; . . .

DISMISSAL
Go in peace, filled with the Holy Spirit.
Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

Visual images for the day: Acts 2:2,3 ; Acts 2:4 ; Ezekiel 37:4b-6 ; Romans 8:26b

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
LHS

116    Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove * G8
117    Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
119    Come down, O Love divine G8 (see TIS 398)
121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord * G4 (mod TIS 399)
124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou * G3 (mod TIS 400)
128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God * G5 (mod TIS 401)
129    Breathe on me, Breath of God G5 (see TIS 407)
227    O Spirit of the living God G5 (mod TIS 405)
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): Ezekiel 37:1-14
In addition to those suggested for reading (a):
LHS
141    Father of heaven, whose love profound (mod TIS 131)
AT
416    We will rise up
502    Patiently waiting for you
TIS
131    Father of heaven, whose love profound

Second reading (a): Romans 8:22-27
LHS

119    Come down, O Love divine G9 (see TIS 398)
160    Arise, my soul, arise G9
423    Jehovah, let me now adore Thee* G5 (esp vv 1-4)
424    Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire * G5
479    Jesus, my Redeemer lives* G5 (esp vv 4,5,6) (mod TIS 366)
500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5 (mod TIS 437)
504    To Thy temple I repair G5
AT
264    Spirit of God
290    We are gathering
359    Holy Spirit, living water
453    The world is waiting
502    Patiently waiting
TIS
276    There’s a light upon the mountains
366    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives (esp vv 4,5)
398    Come down, O love divine
408    O breath of God, breathe on us now
437    Blessed Jesus, at your word

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

Gospel : John 15:26,27; 16: 4b-15
In addition to suggestions above:
LHS
116    Come Holy Spirit, heavenly dove* G9
117    Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
118    O Holy Ghost, to Thee we all pray* G3
125    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove G5
127    Come, Holy Spirit, come* G4
131    Holy Ghost, with light divine* G5
296    My Maker, be Thou nigh* G5
499    Lord Jesus Christ, to us attend*
776    Spirit of God, unseen as the wind GS
AT

TIS
396    Come Holy Spirit, our souls inspire
402    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
413    Holy Spirit, come confirm us
426    Spirit of truth, essential God
509    Come now, everlasting Spirit
752    Veni, Sancte Spiritus

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
605   God of Creation
607   Spirit of dreaming
643   Spirit, lead us

PSALM 104
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 p174Psalm 104 p175

OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC
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.
Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
Metrical Psalms by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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