39A – Day of Pentecost

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CALL TO WORSHIP (from Ps. 104:33-35)
Come and worship the God of all creation
I will sing to the LORD all my life
and celebrate my God with music as long as I live.
Come and worship the God who gave you breath
May my meditation please the LORD,
as I have delighted in the LORD God.
Bless the LORD, O my soul.

Great and gracious Lord God
arrayed in glory and majesty,
we praise you and bless you.
Creating God,
you stretched out the heavens like a tent
and set your dwelling place over the water
You are carried on the clouds, and on the wings of the wind;
the winds are your messengers, and flaming fire your servants.
You set the earth on its foundations,
never to be moved.
The deep waters covered even the mountains,
but at your voice they fled,
coming to rest where you had appointed,
beyond the boundary you set,
never to cover the earth again.
Bless the LORD, O my soul.
O LORD, my God, you are very great.
Your works are many and varied
and in wisdom you have made everything. 

Loving God,
in our human condition you know who we are, and what we are;
you know our awkwardness with ourselves, with each other,
and with you.
(a time of silence)
help our unbelief;
give us the boldness, by the presence of your Spirit,
to believe in your possibilities for us,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O LORD, how many things there are that you have made!
In wisdom you have made them all; 
the earth is filled with your creatures. 
And there is the sea, vast and stretching in all directions,
teeming with creatures beyond number;
living things both small and great. 
Ships go there, and the largest of creatures which you fashioned to play in it.
All of them look to you in hope 
&to give them their food as they need it 
You give to them, they gather it up;
You open your hand, their needs are more than satisfied. 
You hide your face, they are terrified;
You take away their breath, they die 
and revert to the dust from which they came. 
You send forth your breath; they are created;
and you give new life to the land. 
You look at the earth and it trembles.
You touch the mountains and they pour out smoke.
May your glory endure forever, LORD God;
may you find joy in all that you have made. LORD God, your love for us is everlasting . . .
For our eagerness to see what is wrong with our world,
when we might have embraced change in our own lives
Lord have mercy.
For our eagerness to help others pick up the broken pieces in their lives,
when we might have sat down and wept with them.
Christ have mercy.
For our eagerness to trust our own endeavours
when we might have waited on your Spirit,
Lord have mercy.
Lord God, forgive us and renew us.
In the name of Christ. Amen

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000.

Click here for some ideas for worship at Pentecost gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) originally published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.

(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)

Holy and lively Spirit of grace,
mystery of God;
rejoice with those who rejoice and give thanks today,
draw near to those who are weighed down with grief
and comfort those whose troubles are known only to you
for the sake of Jesus
whose way of loving we would follow
and in whose name we pray…
      (The Prayers of the People continue)

Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

Numbers 11:24-30 (alternative reading)
Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire TIS 425
Forth in your name, 0 Lord, I go TIS 571
Acts 2: 1-21
O breath of life, come sweeping through us TIS 409
A prophet-woman broke a jar TIS 696
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing TIS 387
Christians lft up your hearts TIS 423
Come, Holy Spirit, our souls inspire TIS 396
Come, Holy Spirit, come! inflame our souls TIS 422
Come down, O Love divine TIS 398
Come, Spirit blest, Creator, come TIS 397
Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one TIS 411
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158
Great God, your Spirit, like the wind TIS 416
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us TIS 413
Lord God, the Spirit blest TIS 404
Now we come, our heavenly Father TIS 462
O Spirit of the living God TIS 405
O breath of life, come sweeping through TIS 409
Praise the Spirit in creation TIS 415
Spirit divine, attend our prayers TIS 406
The sounds in God’s world all agree TIS 176
Your words to me are life and health TIS 430
Psalm 104:24-34,35b
All things bright and beautiful TIS 135
Did you ever see a kookaburra laugh TIS 175
For the beauty of the earth TIS 137
For the fruits of all creation TIS 168
Joyful, joyful we adore you TIS 152
Let all creation dance TIS 187
Praise the Lord, 0 my soul TIS 65
Sing a new song, sing a new song TIS 166
This is my Father’s world TIS 149
Where wide sky rolls down and touches re TIS 188
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
A prophet-woman broke a jar TIS 696
All praise to our redeeming Lord TIS 442
Christ, from whom all blessings flow TIS 440
Come, Holy Spirit, come TIS 422
Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our gu TIS 524
Far beyond our mind’s grasp TIS 542
Holy Spirit, ever dwelling TIS 410
Like the murmur of the dove’s song TIS 419
Made in God’s likeness, moved by the Spirit TIS 671
So God loved the people of the world TIS 241
We are your people, Lord, by your grace TIS 468
Where the Spirit is, there’s freedom TIS 421
John 20:19-23
Breathe on me, breath of God TIS 407
Christ is alive, with joy we sing TIS 393
Come, God’s people, sing for joy TIS 391
God! When human bonds are broken TIS 683
Holy Spirit, go before us TIS 420
In suffering love the thread of life TIS 177
Light’s reddening dawn gleams through th TIS 360
Loving Spirit, loving Spirit TIS 417
My daughters and my sons hear tell TIS 363
Now let us from this table rise TIS 530
O breath of God, breathe on us now TIS 408
Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his TIS 466
John 7:37-39 (alternative Gospel reading)
As the deer pants for the water TIS 703
Fill my whole life, O Lord my God TIS 596
O let the Son of God enfold you TIS 655
Jesus Christ is waiting TIS 665
Refresh my heart, Lord TIS 744

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