Year V: Week 1 of Ordinary Time

Pentecost: Morning Prayer

ABOUT TODAY

Feast: Pentecost: Pentecost is a prominent feast in the Jewish calendar and celebrates the giving of the Law to Moses upon Sinai. Christians celebrate it as the day that the Holy Spirit descended on the early church as they gathered in the upper room, and is celebrated 50 days after the feast of Easter. It is sometimes referred to as “White Sunday” (Whitsun) because it commemorates the ‘birthday of the church’.


CALL TO WORSHIP

Reader:
Lord, Open my lips.
All:
And my mouth will give you praise.

Reader:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
All:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


INVITATORY PSALM:

Psalm 100 (Jubilate Deo)

All:

A Song of Praise for the Lord’s Faithfulness to His People
A Psalm of Thanksgiving.

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

All:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


MORNING PSALM

Psalm 68:1-18

For the choir director: A song. A psalm of David.

Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies.
    Let those who hate God run for their lives.
Blow them away like smoke.
    Melt them like wax in a fire.
    Let the wicked perish in the presence of God.
But let the godly rejoice.
    Let them be glad in God’s presence.
    Let them be filled with joy.
Sing praises to God and to his name!
    Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds.
His name is the Lord
    rejoice in his presence!

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—
    this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
God places the lonely in families;
    he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.
But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

O God, when you led your people out from Egypt,
    when you marched through the dry wasteland, Interlude
the earth trembled, and the heavens poured down rain
    before you, the God of Sinai,
    before God, the God of Israel.
You sent abundant rain, O God,
    to refresh the weary land.
There your people finally settled,
    and with a bountiful harvest, O God,
    you provided for your needy people.

The Lord gives the word,
    and a great army brings the good news.
Enemy kings and their armies flee,
    while the women of Israel divide the plunder.
Even those who lived among the sheepfolds found treasures—
    doves with wings of silver
    and feathers of gold.
The Almighty scattered the enemy kings
    like a blowing snowstorm on Mount Zalmon.

The mountains of Bashan are majestic,
    with many peaks stretching high into the sky.
Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountains,
    at Mount Zion, where God has chosen to live,
    where the Lord himself will live forever?

Surrounded by unnumbered thousands of chariots,
    the Lord came from Mount Sinai into his sanctuary.
When you ascended to the heights,
    you led a crowd of captives.
You received gifts from the people,
    even from those who rebelled against you.
    Now the Lord God will live among us there.

All:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


WORSHIP

All:
(A time of worship and thanksgiving, led or spontaneous. Alternatively a devotional song may be played and listened to.)


PRAYER & INTERCESSION

Reader:
Let us pray for the day and its tasks, for the church and her life, and for the world and its needs.

(You may use these prayers as written or use them as ‘prayer pointers’ for your own spontaneous petitions.

Personal Requests

  • Mighty Father, who sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to fill your people with the life of God, pour out your Spirit afresh on me! Let your fire fall and purge away every trace of sin and every vestige of selfishness. Empower me to live the life of Christ and abandon myself to your will.
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!
  • Burn, fire of God! Come and consume the sacrifice! Let your fire fall and possess every part of my life.
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!
  • Burn, fire of God! You are pure fire and I would dwell in you! Fill me with your passion for the lost and strip from me all that is not combustible!
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!
  • Burn, fire of God! Refine my life until from its depths your face may be clearly seen. May heart, mind and will ascend to you as an acceptable offering.
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire! 

Family & Friends

  • Lord Jesus, forgive us when we have been ministers of the letter rather than the Spirit and the Law rather than grace. Forgive our passionless prayers, our scanty sacrifice and our luke-warm lives. Make us true witnesses of the life of God to all we know.
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!
  • Give us a passion for souls and an unrelenting love for sinners. Cause us never to give up on those for whom you died.
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!
  • Help us to redeem the time and live for this alone: to spend and to be spent for them who have not yet heard the gospel.
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!

The Church

  • Lord Jesus, pour out your Holy Spirit again on your people. Let us not live in a day of spiritual drought but in the day of your power! Speak to the dry bones and cause the wilderness to bloom. Come, Holy Spirit!
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!
  • God of Elijah, hear our cry! Make us fit to be your ambassadors and able to be your witnesses.
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!
  • Stretch forth your hand in miracles and mighty works of power. Let the young prophesy the Word of God and the old dream the dreams of God!
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!

The World

  • Lord Jesus, you promised that when the Holy Spirit came we would be equipped for service and be your witnesses in this world. Fill us with your glory and send us out with your Word. Forgive our excuses and grant that your people may be filled with holy boldness!
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!
  • We pray for a great revival amongst your people and a great awakening amongst the lost. Shake the heavens and the earth and proclaim your gospel to every nation.
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!
  • May what began at Pentecost be brought to completion in our lives. Send forth labourers into the harvest. Filled with your Spirit we say, “Here we are, Lord. Send us!”
              –  Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!
  • The steadfast love of the Lord never stops and your mercies never come to an end! We ask you Jesus, in your mercy, to heal those who are sick with the Coronavirus today!
              – Send the fire! Send the fire! Send the fire!

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Reader:
And so we pray…

All:
Our Father in heaven,
Holy is Your Name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.


GOSPEL READING

Acts 2:1-13

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a noise like a strong, blowing wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something like flames of fire that were separated and stood over each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak different languages by the power the Holy Spirit was giving them.

There were some religious Jews staying in Jerusalem who were from every country in the world. When they heard this noise, a crowd came together. They were all surprised, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were completely amazed at this. They said, “Look! Aren’t all these people that we hear speaking from Galilee? Then how is it possible that we each hear them in our own languages? We are from different places: Parthia, Media, Elam, Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the areas of Libya near Cyrene, Rome (both Jews and those who had become Jews), Crete, and Arabia. But we hear them telling in our own languages about the great things God has done!” They were all amazed and confused, asking each other, “What does this mean?”

But others were making fun of them, saying, “They have had too much wine.”

Reader:
The Word of the Lord.
All:
Thanks be to God.


Pause for Reflection…

READING: THE WAY OF CHRIST (Optional)

Principle of discipleship drawn from the book, “The Way of Christ”

Reader:
The Way of Prayer: The Principle of Daily Fellowship with God.

Appreciating that without deep communion with God the life of the Spirit is impossible, I make time to encounter God daily through prayer, worship, the Scriptures and the development of a regular devotional rhythm. As a follower of the Way of Prayer, I will learn the internal disciplines necessary to hear from God and live deeply in His presence.

All:
This is The Way of Prayer: The Principle of Daily Fellowship with God.


Pause for Reflection…

THE NICENE CREED

Reader:
And so we make our declaration of faith…

All:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
Of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
The only Son of God,
Eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
True God from true God,
Begotten, not created,
Of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation,
He came down from heaven:
By the power of the Holy Spirit,
He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
And was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again,
In accordance with the Scriptures;
He ascended into heaven,
And is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
And his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
And the life of the world to come. Amen.


COLLECT

Reader:
(Either this or an alternative closing prayer may be said.)

Almighty God, who on this day,
Opened the way of eternal life,
To every race and nation,
by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit:
Shed abroad this gift throughout the world
By the sending of your people,
And by the preaching of the Gospel,
That it may reach to the ends of the earth;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.


BLESSING

Reader:
(When praying in community, this or a similar blessing may be used)

And may the life of the Holy Spirit renew your soul,
The power of the Holy Spirit equip you for service,
And the fire of the Holy Spirit consume the sacrifice. Amen.


Psalms in Bold – Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved

All other Psalms – Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

All other Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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