Today we celebrate Pentecost, which many call the birth of the Church. You may wish to join us in a little song by clicking on the video on the left.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the early church was able to spread the good news far and wide.
And that same Holy Spirit is still very much with us today.
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by Jean Balcombe
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given by David Eggleston
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Acts 2:1-12 (NIV)
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tonguesa] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’ 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’
“The Greatest Download Ever”
by Mike Hill
This message for Pentecost reflects on the impact of the pandemic and the need for a fresh move of the Holy Spirit in our lives and on the Church.
Led by Tim Simpson
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Almighty Father, thank you for the astonishing way You have enabled scientists around the world to find vaccines for COVID-19; for the remarkable impact it is having on our response to that disease, and for the brilliant speed at which we have been, and are being inoculated.
Thank you for the plans to give billions of doses from countries who can afford them to countries that can’t, and we ask for that programme to be speeded up beyond all previous expectations. Father, we want to love our neighbours in this way, and with Your extravagant generosity
May the lessons learned in both developing these vaccines, and delivering them, be used against other, already existing, diseases around the world. Yes and Amen
THE ISRAELI / PALESTINIAN WAR
Prince of Peace, in Your mercy, forgive the insanity and hatred that starts wars, and especially please forgive those fanning into flames the current mutual destruction in the Promised Land. So much death, so much injury, so much property destroyed and lives ruined. So crazy.
So much division between on-lookers in other countries, some of whom are so arrogant as to think they can solve this deep conflict. Lord, it’s easy to speak with dogmatic statements when we don’t live with missiles and rockets flying overhead and killing people we know and care about. Father, forgive our arrogance
I know this is glib, Lord, but we really could do with another vaccine; one against war and hatred. And yes, Lord, I know that Your reply is to point at Jesus on the Cross; so please reveal Him as Messiah to Jew and Moslem alike, to an even greater extent than You are already. Yes, please Lord. Amen
God of the best surprises, thank You for the wondrous plans that sprang into action on that first Pentecost in the Christian church. Such drama! Such theatre with tongues of flame and myriad languages! You really knew how to surprise our first brothers and sisters in Christ! Sure, You had told them that the Holy Spirit was coming after Jesus went; and that He would be as Jesus to them. You said He would bring power from on high. But, surely, Father, they could NEVER have guessed what it would be like to have Him living in them, with the same power that Jesus had used! What a day, and what an adventure!
Almighty Father, we have no idea what the GOOD plans and purposes are, that You have prepared for our hope-filled future. But we do know something of Your glorious character, that they are going to be truly excellent, and may have some astonishing surprises. So, Father, may we, like those disciples on that first Pentecost for Christians, be increasingly together in our attitudes to You and each other, and as open as we know how to whatever You wish to involve us in. As far as we know how to, we say we are ready, and reporting for whatever adventures You have for us to accompany You. Yes and Amen
Recognising that Jesus gave us the best pattern for prayer, we say together:
The Lords 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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.
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