39C – 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.

Help our unbelief;
give us the boldness, by the presence of your Spirit,
to believe in your possibilities for us;
in Jesus’ name. 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…
There are times when we are too ready
to see what is wrong with our world,
when we might have embraced change in our own lives

There are times when we are too ready
to help others pick up the broken pieces in their lives,
when we might have sat down and wept with them.

There are times when we are too ready
to trust our own endeavours
when we might have waited on your Spirit,

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.

help our unbelief;
give us the boldness, by the presence of your Spirit,
to believe in your possibilities for us,
in Jesus’ name. Amen

Generous holy mystery we call God,
on this day, of all days,
we bring our gifts and our living.
Laugh with us, and weep with us, O God,
as we dare to believe that what we offer
can be part of your dreams for the world.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2016.

Click here for some additional Pentecost worship resources gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print), 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

Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove TIS 402
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158
God sends us his Spirit to befriend and help TIS 412
Spirit, divine, attend our prayers TIS 406
Acts 2:1-21
Baptised into your name most holy
Come, Holy Spirit, come TIS 422
Come, Spirit blest, Creator, come TIS 397
Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one accord TIS 411
Great God, your Spirit, like the wind TIS 416
Lord God, the Spirit blest TIS 404
O breath of life, come sweeping through us TIS 409
O Spirit of the living God TIS 405
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
I sing the almighty power of God TIS 119
Let all creation dance TIS 187
Send forth your Spirit TIS 65
Sing a new song, sing a new song TIS 166
Where wide sky rolls down and touches red sand TIS 188
Romans 8:14-17
By your kingly power,O risen Lord TIS 386
Holy Spirit, ever dwelling TIS 410
Lord God, the Spirit blest TIS 404
Now the green blade rises TIS 382
Veni, Sancte Spiritus TIS 752
Wash, O God, our sons and daughters TIS 493
John 14:8-17
Breathe on me breath of God TIS 407
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us TIS 413
Holy Spirit, go before us TIS 420
Like the murmur of the dove’s song TIS 419
O breath of God, breathe on us now TIS 408
O Holy Spirit, enter in TIS 400
O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God TIS 401
There’s a spirit in the air TIS 414

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