This Sunday’s service sheet

Sunday 31st May

Pentecost

GREETING

The leader says

The Lord be with you.

All         And also with you.

WELCOME AND NOTICES

OPENING HYMN (not played during phone service)

‘Spirit of the living God’ by Daniel Iverson

https://youtu.be/ccaFnRYLTok

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

       God so loved the world
       that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ
       to save us from our sins,
       to be our advocate in heaven,
       and to bring us to eternal life.

       As we prepare to hear God’s holy Word,
       let us call to mind our sins.

We pause to reflect in silence for a moment

All  Most merciful God,
       Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
       we confess that we have sinned
       in thought, word and deed.

       We have not loved you with our whole heart.
       We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

       In your mercy forgive what we have been,
       help us to amend what we are,
       and direct what we shall be;
       that we may do justly, love mercy,
       and walk humbly with you, our God. 

       Amen.

       May God our Father forgive us our sins,
       and bring us to the fellowship of his table
       with the saints forever.

       Amen.

RESPONSORY

       Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
       and be not wise in your own sight.

All  Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
       and be not wise in your own sight.

       In all your ways acknowledge him
       and he will make straight your paths.

All  Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

       Glory to the Father and to the Son
       and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
       and be not wise in your own sight.

                                                               from Proverbs 3

THE COLLECT

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

HYMN (not played during phone service)

‘Come down O love divine’ by Vaughan Williams

https://youtu.be/Y3pS-Ga7OUM

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

Acts 2:1-21 Read by Carol Gibbon

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.  Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,  Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,  Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”  All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”  But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.  No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.

 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
 And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
 The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious   day.
 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

at the end:

This is the word of the Lord.

All         Thanks be to God.

HOMILY (Martina Lewis)

APOSTLE’S CREED

All   I believe in God, the Father almighty,
        creator of heaven and earth.

       I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,  
       who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
       born of the Virgin Mary,
       suffered under Pontius Pilate,
       was crucified, died, and was buried;
       he descended to the dead.
       On the third day he rose again;
       he ascended into heaven,
       he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
       and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

       I believe in the Holy Spirit,
       the holy catholic Church,
       the communion of saints,
       the forgiveness of sins,
       the resurrection of the body,
       and the life everlasting.

       Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION (by John Henderson)

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.

Lord your Apostles were all gathered in one place when the Holy Spirit descended upon them at Pentecost. Sadly your church family here in Wroughton cannot be gathered together physically, but we know that your Holy Spirit binds us together even in our homes. We thank you that we can share worship by telephone and receive the comfort of hearing one another’s cheerful voices on a Sunday morning. For many there will be times during the week when loneliness, sadness, frustration, anxiety, fear and other negative emotions may come to the surface, but we know that you are with us always, during the bad times as well as the good.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

Lord, we only have to look out of the window or go for our daily exercise to see and wonder at your marvellous creation. We pray that as life slowly returns to a new kind of normal, people may be more aware of the relationship between humans and our planet. There are possibilities for change ahead in the way we live, may the Holy Spirit inspire those in industry and those planning our economic future in ensuring that making money is not the only goal, that decisions are for the greater good. Lord, not only Christians, but all people, would like their children and grandchildren to grow up in a world made better by our generation and not worse. Lord we pray that the current situation might be a turning point.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

Lord, Psalm 2 begins “Why do the nations so furiously rage together?”, a question that has been asked continually since these words were written 3000 years ago. Although there are many areas of armed conflict today, so easy to forget in the whirlwind of news about the current pandemic, we give thanks that most of the major nations remain at peace. We pray that the ongoing effects of Covid-19, whether economic or related to health, safety and vaccines, do not escalate into more dangerous international conflicts.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer 

Lord, we pray and give thanks for the scientists working to answer difficult questions and to produce vaccines and cures. Some of us remember the 1958 Asian ‘flu when between one and four million died without the kind of science and healthcare available today. Lord every death, from whatever cause, is sad to families and friends and we pray for those who mourn loved ones; that the Holy Spirit, the comforter, will be with them. Lord we pray that the culture of blame and responsibility that seems so prevalent today be calmed by love and not fuelled by anger and recrimination.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

Lord, we pray for our church leaders and those tasked with making difficult decisions about how to safely reopen church buildings for prayer and worship. We pray that this can be accomplished soon; guided by both science and common sense.

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.

Melt us, mould us, fill us, use us.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.

All        Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers
For the sake of your Son
Our Saviour Jesus Christ
Amen

THE LORDS PRAYER

Believing the promises of God, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.

All    Our Father, who art in heaven,
         hallowed be thy name;
         thy kingdom come;
         thy 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 thine is the kingdom,
         the power and the glory,
         for ever and ever.

        Amen.

HYMN (not played during phone service)

Our final hymn is

‘Consuming fire by’ Tim Hughes

https://youtu.be/6XOBBUu_23M

BLESSING

The peace of God, which passes all understanding,
keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.

All    Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
All    In the name of Christ, we go. Amen

‘Tongues of Fire taken by Karen Harrison

‘Rhododendrons in the Town Gardens’ taken by Janet Henderson