Pentecost

The Feast of PENTECOST      
May 31, 2020

Opening Sentence

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has
come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to
the ends of the earth. 

(Acts 1:8)

Confession of Sin

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Together

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name.  Amen.

The Priest

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all
your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you
in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit,
keep you in eternal life.  Amen.

The Invitatory and Psalter

Officiant          Lord, open our lips,
People             And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant and People

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.  Alleluia

Invitatory Psalm, with antiphon

Alleluia.  The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth:
Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

Psalm 67:1-5            Deus misereator                  

O God, be merciful to us and bless us, *
show us the light of your countenance and come to us.
Let your ways be known upon earth, *
your saving health among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *
for you judge the peoples with equity
    and guide all the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

 

Alleluia.  The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth:
Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

 

Psalm 104:25-35,37                                 Benedic, anima mea

25 O Lord, how manifold are your works! *
            in wisdom you have made them all;
            the earth is full of your creatures.

26 Yonder is the great and wide sea
      with its living things too many to number, *
             creatures both small and great.

27 There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, *
             which you have made for the sport of it.

28 All of them look to you *
             to give them their food in due season.

29 You give it to them; they gather it; *
             you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

30 You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
             you take away their breath,
             and they die and return to their dust.

31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
             and so you renew the face of the earth.

32 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; *
              may the Lord rejoice in all his works.

33 He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
              he touches the mountains and they smoke.

34 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; *
              I will praise my God while I have my being.

35 May these words of mine please him; *
              I will rejoice in the Lord.

37 Bless the Lord, O my soul. *
              Hallelujah!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

The Lessons

The First Lesson

The reader says
A Reading from the 2nd chapter of the Acts of the Apostles,
beginning at the 1st verse                           (
Acts 2:1-21)

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples 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.

[Pause for readings in other languages]

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."

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.' "

Reader                         The Word of the Lord.
People                         Thanks be to God.


Canticle G  A Song of Ezekiel             (Ezekiel 36:24-28)

I will take you from among all nations;*
    and gather you from all lands to bring you home.

I will sprinkle clean water upon you; *
    and purify you from false gods and uncleanness.

A new heart I will give you *
    and a new spirit put within you.

I will take the stone heart from your chest *
   and give you a heart of flesh.

I will help you walk in my laws *
   and cherish my commandments and do them.

You shall be my people, *
   and I shall be your God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

The Second Lesson

The Reader says: 

A Reading from the 7th chapter of the Gospel of John,
beginning at the 37th verse                                     
(John 7:37-39)

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.

Canticle P  A Song of the Spirit                          (Revelation 22:120-17)

“Behold, I am coming soon,” says the Lord,
“and bringing my reward with me, *
     to give to every according to their deeds.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, *
     the beginning and the end.

Blessed are those who do God’s commandments,
that they may enter the right to the tree of life, *
     and may enter the city through the gates.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to you, *
     with this testimony for all the churches.
“I am the root and the offspring of David, *
     I am the bright morning star.”
“Come,” says the Spirit and the Bride; *
    “Come, let each hearer reply!

Come forward, you who are thirsty, *
    let those who desire take the water of life as a gift.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.  Amen.

The Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

Officiant and People together.

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

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
   He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
      and born of the Virgin Mary.
   He 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,
      and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again 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.

Interval Music

The Prayers

Officiant      The Lord be with you.
People        And also with you.
Officiant      Let us pray.

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,   
   and the power, and the glory,        
   for ever and ever.  Amen.               

Suffrages                               (from Enriching Our Worship)

V.     Help us, O God our Savior;

R.     Deliver us and forgive us our sins.

V.     Look upon your congregation;

R.     Give to your people the blessing of peace.

V.     Declare your glory among the nations;

R.     And your wonders among all peoples.

V.     Do not let the oppressed be shamed and turned away;

R.     Never forget the lives of your poor.

V.     Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you;

R.     And your favor to those who are true of heart.

V.     Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning;

R.     So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

The Collect of the Day

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by
sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same
Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice
in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Sunday

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious
resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through
 our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A prayer of the Holy Spirit

Almighty and most merciful God, grant that by the indwelling of your Holy
Spirit we may be enlightened and strengthened for your service;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Prayers of the People                  (Form I)         BCP 383

With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the
Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy.”

For the peace from above, for the loving kindness of God,
and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the holy Church
of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For Jennifer, our bishop, Evelyn, our rector, and for all the clergy
and people, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For Donald our President, for the leaders of the nations, and
for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For our several communities, for every city, and community
and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For seasonable weather, and for an abundance of the fruits of
the earth, let us pray to the Lord.//

Lord, have mercy.

For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom
and will to preserve it, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, for
the sick and the suffering, and for all who care for them,
let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the
destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember
and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For all who died in the hope of the resurrection, and for
all the departed, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression and
degradation, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering
and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the church and people in The Anglican Church in Melanesia,
the Most Rev’d Leonard Dawea, Archbishop of Melawea and Bp of Temotu;

For the church and people of St John’s Mt Vernon, and their clergy Allen Rutherford;

For our own parish, especially for Allen and Nancy Watson, and Ann Farnsely;

And for those we now name, either silently or aloud [pause], let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

In the communion of all the saints, let us commend ourselves,
and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.

To you, O Lord, our God.

Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with
your saints in heaven and on earth: Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage
we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer,
and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your
power and mercy.  We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom
all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who lives
and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

The General Thanksgiving        

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving‑kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.

We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages.  Amen.

Officiant

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication to you; and you
have promised through your well‑beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the
midst of them:  Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions
as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of
your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting.  Amen.

Officiant          Let us bless the Lord.
People             Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.
                                                           
(2 Corinthians 13:14)

 

Sources:
The Book of Common Prayer, 1979, © Church Publishing
Enriching our Worship, Vol. 1
The Bible: New Revised Standard Version, https://lectionarypage.net