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SERVICE FOR PENTECOST 31ST MAY 2020

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SENTENCE FROM SCRIPTURE

Send forth your Spirit O Lord, and renew the face of the earth

OPENING HYMN

GREETING

We meet in the name of God.
God the Father,
God the Son,
God the Spirit
God is one.

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us

COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this:
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.”
The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
There is no other commandment greater than these.
Amen. Lord, have mercy.

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CONFESSION

God is love and we are God’s children.
There is no room for fear in love.
We love because God loved us first.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Loving God, we thank you for your Holy Spirit breaking down barriers within and without, barriers that distort our ability to lead a life fully integrated with you and your ways. Forgive us for the way we have deliberately resisted the Holy Spirit’s work

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us.

Forgive us for the barriers we create within ourselves, barriers that resist your healing work and prevent us moving toward wholeness. Forgive our self‐centredness, our anger, our fear of change, our lack of trust in your love.

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us.

Forgive us for the barriers we create between you and ourselves, barriers that separate us from your love and the assurance of your salvation. Forgive our busyness, our independence, our desire to go our own way. 

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us. 

Forgive us for the barriers we create between ourselves and others, barriers that separate us from neighbours near and far and inhibit mutual love and care. Forgive our resentment of others, our love of control, our indifference to the poor.

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us.

Forgive us for the barriers we create between ourselves and your beautiful creation, barriers that abuse your world and deny our responsibility as stewards. Forgive our greed, our misuse of resources, our pollution of the environment.

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us.

God, by the power of your spirit, free us and break down these barriers. Turn us away from the bondage of a life lived for ourselves and our own desires, May your spirit guide us into the freedom of life lived for you and your purposes.

Life giving spirit, our advocate and guide, have mercy on us.

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ABSOLUTION

God, who is both power and love,
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

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COLLECT

O God, who on the day of Pentecost,
enlightened the hearts of your people
by the fire of the Holy Spirit:
give us wisdom and understanding,
and lead us into all truth,
that your Church may be kept in the unity of the Spirit
and the bond of peace;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the same Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen

Pentecost — Trinity Episcopal Church Lexington, MI

FIRST READING ACTS 2:1-21 read by David Kerr

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:

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‘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.’

SECOND READING 1 CORINTHIANS 12: 3b-13 read by Annabelle Guthrie

No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord;and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

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One Body with Many Members

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

GRADUAL HYMN

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GOSPEL READING JOHN 20:19-23

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John chapter 20 beginning at verse 19

Glory to Christ our Saviour

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious gospel.

Praise to Christ our Lord

REFLECTION

“There is no tragedy like the tragedy of the unopened gift.”

Most of us love to receive gifts, and cannot wait to open them and see what treasure is inside. John Ortberg in one of his books talks about his grandfather phoning his mother and explaining, after his wife Florence’s death, that he was going through some of her things in the attic, when he came across a box of old dishes. He said that he was going to get rid of the dishes, but he noticed they were blue and that was his daughter’s favourite colour. So he invited her to have a look at them and see if she wanted to keep them.

So John’s mother went through the attic, expecting to find some run of the mill dinnerware. Instead when she opened the box, she was looking at some of the most exquisite china she had ever seen. Each plate had been individually painted with a pattern of forget–me–nots. The cups were inlaid with mother of pearl. The dishes and cups were rimmed with gold. The plates had been handcrafted in a Bavarian factory that was destroyed during the Second World War, so they were literally irreplaceable.

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Yet John’s mother had been in the family for twenty years and she had never seen this china before. She asked family members about it, and eventually one of the older family members told the story of the china. When Florence was very young, she was given this china over a period of years. They were not a wealthy family and so she only got a piece at a time for gifts like confirmation, graduation, or birthday. Whenever Florence received a piece of china, because it was so valuable, or because if it was used it might get broken, she would wrap it carefully in tissue, put it in a box, and store it in the attic for a special occasion. No occasion that special ever came along. So John’s grandmother went to her grave with the greatest gift of her life unopened and unused.

Anytime a gift is given the recipient must chose to respond in one of two ways- either this gift is so valuable it can’t be risked. Those who follow this first way realise that when the gift is brought out of the box, things may not always go well. The gift may be poorly used sometimes. It may not always be admired by others the way we want. It may even get broken.

Taking the gift out of the box is always a risk. The second way says: this gift is so valuable so it must be risked. Those who follow the second way understand that if the gift is not brought out of the box, it will never be used at all. To leave the gift in the box is to thwart the desire of the giver. “There is no tragedy like the tragedy of the unopened gift”

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This Pentecost Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ great gift to us of the Holy Spirit. This gift was given to us in baptism, or in our confession of faith. It is an incredible gift, as the first disciples discovered. It is a gift that is there for us all to enjoy. Sadly this gift is often ignored, unopened, even discarded, causing stagnation, unrealised potential, and unfulfilled longing in people’s lives. “There is no tragedy, like the tragedy of the unopened gift” Today this gift is there for us to open, allowing us to experience life in all its fullness.

This experience of life in all its fullness began for the first disciples on Pentecost. Pentecost is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, “fiftieth”). It marks the gift of the Holy Spirit and is regarded by many as the birthday of the Christian Church. The disciples’ experience of the Holy Spirit began in a private room, where they were cocooned together and ready to celebrate the Jewish harvest festival called Shavuot. Without any specific warning a rushing wind, like a tornado, burst into the room and tongues of fire rested on the disciples.

What an incredulous moment that must have been! No doubt they would have experienced a whole gamut of emotions: fear and panic, bewilderment and confusion, astonishment and wonder, joy and peace. It was bizarre, people speaking different languages and the crowds understanding what was being said. There was diversity in the different languages but unity in the message.

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God breaks through all barriers and unites peoples from all races, cultures and backgrounds, not offering uniformity but diversity. God breaks, by his Spirit, through all the barriers that we humans erect outside us and within us and creates new opportunities for unity and growth.

So from being cocooned and safe in their private room, the disciples are now consumed by the Holy Spirit and are standing out in the public arena. They are changed forever- almost overnight they experience spiritual growth and transformation! We see with our own eyes evidence of this transformation in their whole demeanour and presence. These timid fearful disciples became outspoken courageous disciples. They are standing before a throng of people, accused at this early hour of being drunk. They do not hesitate to address the people. Peter dispels doubts about any drunkenness and explains clearly and unashamedly the gospel to them. He is bold and confesses his faith and loyalty in Christ. He is no longer denying Jesus or hiding away from the crowds but instead he is bolding proclaiming Jesus as Lord. From his cocoon, he is consumed, he is courageous, he confesses Christ as Lord and witnesses the conversion of more than 3,000- that’s some sermon, and not only is he convicted of the need to go and baptise people in the name of Christ but those gathered also capture and grasp this call to mission. The Christian church is born, full of vitality, energy and adventure.

Our churches often pale into insignificance when we think of that first Pentecost and wonder if our churches can be equally full of vitality, energy and adventure. Personally I believe so. After all it is the same Spirit, and today God’s Holy Spirit is at work in our world.

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Lives are being touched and changed daily by God’s Holy Spirit. Every year there are 2.7 million conversions to Christianity. Christianity is growing at 1.27% rate, with the followers of Jesus outnumbering every other faith. In this pandemic God’s Holy Spirit is at work, touching people’s lives through the greatly increased number of people tuning into online services, alpha courses, television and radio programmes. Pope Francis said this “Pandemic can be a place of conversion”.

What strikes me about those times of spiritual revival is that Christians have been passionate about their faith and have shared a spirit of excitement, of power and of love. This passion for Christ is so alive in them that it becomes infectious, touching and changing the lives of others. As a church if we want to see God move in Dumfries, just like he did in the book of Acts and Luke we need to have a passion for Christ, a reliance on, and a realisation of the power of the Holy Spirit to tear through and change people’s lives in an unexpected, immediate and miraculous way, leading people to Him!

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For this to happen, God wants to use us, you and me. You may think I could never be like Peter, standing up and speaking in front of so many people. Maybe not, it is a special gifting, but you could tell your family, your neighbours, your work colleagues, your leisure pursuit friends and acquaintances about the Gospel message. We will like Peter be given the right words to say to the right people at the right time. You may think that you would be too nervous and weak for God to work in and through you. Never -God delights in working through the weak and humble. Here is an incident recorded by Tony Campolo, who was at a school camp and witnessed God working through the weakness and humility of one boy for his glory. This is what he says:

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At camp there was a little boy who was suffering from cerebral palsy. His name was Billy. and they picked on him. Oh, they picked on him. As he walked across the camp with his uncoordinated body they would line up and imitate his grotesque movements. I watched him one day as he was asking for directions. “Which…way is…the…craft…shop? ” he stammered, his mouth contorting. And the boys mimicked in that same awful stammer, “It’s…over…there…Billy.” And then they laughed at him. I was irate.

But my anger reached its highest pitch when on Thursday morning it was Billy’s cabin’s turn to give devotions. I wondered what would happen, because they had appointed Billy to be the speaker. I knew that they just wanted to get him up there and make fun of him. As he dragged his way to the front, you could hear giggles rolling over the crowd. It took little Billy almost five minutes to say seven words. “Jesus…loves…me…and…I…love…Jesus.”

When he finished, there was dead silence. I looked over my shoulder and saw high school boys crying all over the place. A revival broke out in that camp after Billy’s short testimony. God did not choose a superstar, instead he chose a boy with cerebral palsy to break the spirits of the proud and draw them to himself. God excels in working through our weakness.

God loves taking weak people and working in and through them for his divine purposes. What we are asked to do, is to set the scene as best we can, by faithfully doing what God requires of us, then it is over to God. God’s task is to do the work. It is his ministry after all and he will draw people to himself and effect change and transformation. This change and transformation is multi- faceted. It can mean someone coming to faith for the first time or it can mean someone who has been a Christian for years, being reawakened to the love, passion and excitement of the Christian faith. The Holy Spirit is in the business of reawakening and bringing about change.

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I think it’s generally true that people are always looking to change their lives for the better. That’s why the self- help section of the book store has grown so big.  That’s also why there are so many commercials for diet and exercise products – lots of people out there trying to change their appearance for the better. People are always looking to improve, to change for the better. Isn’t that why people go to universities? Isn’t that why people go to conferences and seminars? People want to be changed for the better. God is interested in change. He’s interested in changing you and me. God’s Holy Spirit is there to change us to make us more like Christ and to make his church more vibrant and alive. What changes would you like to see in yourself and in the church that will make us more vibrant and alive?

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How do you know if a believer or a church is vibrant and alive? Look for the love! The Holy Spirit breaks down all barriers, between all races, genders, cultures, backgrounds and between classes and education, and pours out his love. A church that is alive is not mired down in trivialities, in pettiness, in naval gazing rather it is like that first Pentecost. It is filled with disciples that are passionate about Jesus; convicted with the urgency to share the good news like one who has discovered the vaccine for the coronavirus and cannot wait to share this good news with others so that they might all benefit. A church, that is alive, feeds on God’s word and is devoted to prayer and to practical acts of love. It is a church known for its actions of random kindness. It is a church known for its care of the poor and needy.

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St John’s has its vibrancy but is there something new, creative and different God by his Spirit is calling us to, in these days of change and transformation? Whatever he asks of us, we are able to accomplish this, for in our weakness is God’s strength and within us all we have a spirit of passion, power, love and excitement.

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Let’s open the doors of our hearts more fully to the gift of Holy Spirit. Let’s not box the Holy Spirit away in the attic of our hearts, but instead let’s open ourselves to this precious gift, and watch the wonders he will effect in our lives, in the church and in the world around. Amen

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THE CREED

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,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one substance 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 of 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.
With the Father and the Son,
he is worshipped 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.

PRAYERS

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As the body of Christ,
in the power of the Spirit,
let us pray.

We pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit
on the people of God, all over the world,
and in all worship traditions.
For a readiness to be changed and made new;
for a softening of the ground of our hearts
to receive without fear.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

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We pray for all the peoples of the earth
to know you and honour your name.
For the healing of the nations
and a new thirst for righteousness and purity
at every level and in every aspect of society.
For a dissatisfaction with false gods,
and all that distracts from our true calling.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

We pray for the grace and power to live out our faith
in the real and challenging world,
among those we encounter,
and whose lives we share,
without compromising that calling
to be the body of Christ,
living with integrity and love.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

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We pray for peace for those
who are troubled in mind or spirit,
thinking of those who have lost their jobs,
those whose businesses are under great stress and pressure,
those who are worrying about how to pay the mortgage
and feed their family,
for those concerned about schooling and education
for those who lack motivation and incentive
to work or carry out tasks at this time.

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We pray for healing and renewed strength
for those who are ill with Covid
and with other illness;
for those whose treatments have been cancelled
and who fear for their health in the future;
for those who are concerned about a loved one
and with restrictions at present are unable to visit them;
for all our families and friends in need at this time.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

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We pray for those who have lost a loved one,
those whose lives feel empty and pointless,
and ask for your comfort, strength and healing for them.
Be near to all whose earthly life is coming to a close,
and may you lead them to newness of life,
in your nearer presence.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

We pray for new life in our created world.
Create in us a greater desire to be good stewards of our resources
and an increased willingness to share our gifts with others.
Be with all agencies who seek to alleviate poverty and suffering,
and guide all in authority in this pandemic
to make wise and good decisions for the benefit of all people.

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire

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Lord Jesus, we give you thanks for the gift of your Holy Spirit,
who dwells within us,
and who is there to guide and lead us.
Help us to open our hearts fully to his presence and influence
and to experience through him,
life in all its fullness
Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Saviour, who
who taught us to pray together….

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.
Do not bring us
to the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

HYMN

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BLESSING

The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and to proclaim the word and works of God; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen

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