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Pentecost: The Gift of the Holy Spirit


Here are worship resources for Pentecost Sunday.


Ezekiel 37:1-14
Joel 2:28-29
Acts 2:1-21
John 7:37-39
John 14:15-26
John 20:19-23


Prayer of Invocation (inspired by Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17)

Move among us, Spirit,
and gather us together with you.
Take our many selves—
our lives, our loves, our ideas,
our questions, our speech, our silence—
and unite us as your people.
Give us the gifts of perception and understanding,
so that even as we dream your dreams and see your visions,
we may be able to witness to your presence
in our common life.


~ Rev. Mary Nelson Abbott. Posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways Archive.

Prayer of Invocation (inspired by Acts 2:1-4)

Come, Holy Spirit,
the one who sang a new melody as God’s Creation rose from Chaos,
who wept at the dark shadow of a cross,
and who danced early in the morning, at the opening of an empty tomb,

Come, Holy Spirit,
the one who could not be contained by wind, or flame, or breath,
the one who blesses the Church with courage, peace, and love.

Come, Holy Spirit, to us,
who gather this day with trembling hands and uncertain hearts.
Teach us to sing a new song and to dance with reckless abandon.

Here in this gathering of believers, as you did with those so long ago,
breathe on us now.

Breathe on us,
blowing away our fears and our hesitations.

Breathe on us,
transforming our hard-heartedness into passion-filled lives.

Breathe on us,
for we need peace, peace that only you can give.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

~ Rev. Nancy J, on her blog, wonderings through life and other such nonsense.

Prayer: Spirit of Life

your breath of life fills the whole world
and holds all things together.
if you withdraw your breath everything turns to dust
breathe on me breath of god

you are the source of life that brings life to the world,
whole life, full life, unhindered, indestructible everlasting life
fill me with life anew

the life of your spirit which christ sends into the world
is the power of the resurrection which brings us new life
breathe on me breath of god

the sending of your spirit is the revelation
of god's indestructible affirmation of life and marvelous joy in life
fill me with life anew

jesus, where you are there is life.
where you are sick people are healed,
sad people are comforted,
marginalised people are accepted
and the demons of death are driven out
breathe on me breath of god

where your holy spirit is present there is life.
the powers and energies of eternal life are experienced.
fill me with life anew

the mission of your spirit is a movement for life
and a movement for healing
which spreads consolation and the courage to live
and raises up what wants to die.
breathe on me breath of god

we affirm and love life so much
that we protest against death
and all the powers that disseminate death.
fill me with life anew

help us to join with your comforting of the sad,
healing of the sick,
welcoming of strangers,
and forgiving of sins.
breathe on me breath of god

send your spirit so that this world should not perish but live
fill me with life anew

spirit of the new creation
break into the here and now
bringing foretastes of the age to come
when all things are made new,
and creation is set free from the powers of death
breathe on me breath of god

spirit of god renew the face of the earth
fill me with life anew

give us hearts of flesh for hearts of stone
that we may love as you would love
and do what you would do


~ written by Jonny Baker, and posted JonnyBaker blog.

Prayer of Confession

O God, who sent gifts
of the Holy Spirit to those first saints,
We know you continue to send gifts to us,
even though we do not claim them.
We confess that we have not always opened our gifts.
We have often chosen to keep them packed away or buried.

Move us, by your Spirit,
to pick up our presents, that you so freely give,
to open them and to spend them lavishly
on the stewardship of your world.

We confess to you how often our thoughts and motives are confused,
both individually
and when we are together as your people,
and that this confusion has often blinded us
to your interest in our lives.

Break in on our confusion,
and astonish us anew, O God!
Our prayer is that you will claim us again
and silence within us our desire
to always have words for every occasion,
that we might hear the whisper of the wings of your Spirit dove.

In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we pray.


~ from the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand website.

Spoken Resources

Pentecost Call to Worship

The Day of Pentecost is here!
God's children have gathered in this place:
We are transformed into God's family
by God's Spirit joining with ours.
Come, Spirit of adoption,
and open our hearts to our sisters and brothers:
Come, Holy Spirit!
Come, Spirit of peace,
and calm our trembling hearts:
Come, Holy Spirit!
Come, Breath of God,
and overturn our conventional lives:
Come, Holy Spirit!

~ Thom Shuman on Lectionary Liturgies.

Benediction for Pentecost

As you go forth from this place,
may the wind of the Spirit startle your senses
and blow through your life;
may the fire of the Spirit scorch your complacency
and light your way.
And may the blessing of the Holy One—
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer—
rest with you now and forever more.


~ written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith.


Traditional Hymn: Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

Worship Together #402

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart,
wean it from sin, through all its pulses move.
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as you are,
and make me love you as I ought to love.

I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
no sudden rending of the veil of clay,
no angel visitant, no opening skies;
but take the dimness of my soul away.

Did you not bid us love you, God and King,
love you with all our heart and strength and mind?
I see the cross—there teach my heart to cling.
Oh let me seek you and, O let me find!

Teach me to feel that you are always nigh;
teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
to check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;
teach me the patience of unceasing prayer.

Teach me to love you as your angels love,
one holy passion filling all my frame:
the fullness of the heaven-descended Dove;
my heart an altar, and your love the flame.

~ George Croly, alt.

Contemporary Hymn: Wind of God, Dynamic Spirit

Wind of God, dynamic Spirit,
breathe upon our hearts today;
that we may your power inherit
hear us, Spirit, as we pray:
fill the vacuum that enslaves us
emptiness of heart and soul;
and, through Jesus Christ who saves us,
give us life and make us whole.

Voice of God, prophetic Spirit,
speak to every heart today
to encourage or prohibit
urging action or delay:
clear the vagueness which impedes us
come, enlighten mind and soul;
and, through Jesus Christ who leads us,
teach the truth that makes us whole.

Fire of God, volcanic Spirit,
burn within our hearts today;
cleanse our sin may we exhibit
holiness in every way:
purge the squalidness that shames us,
soils the body, taints the soul;
and through Jesus Christ who claims us,
purify us, make us whole.

~ Copyright © Michael Saward/Jubilate Hymns Ltd.

Tune suggestions:
ABBOT’S LEIGH (God is here! as we his people)
BEACH SPRING (Lord, whose love through humble service)
BLAENWERN (Love divine, all loves excelling)
HOLY MANNA (Brethren, we have met to worship)
NETTLETON (Come, thou fount of ev’ry blessing)

Contemporary Song: Consuming Fire

There must be more than this
O breath of God come breathe within
There must be more than this
Spirit of God we wait for You
Fill us anew we pray
Fill us anew we pray

Consuming fire fan into flame
A passion for Your name
Spirit of God would You fall in this place
Lord have Your way
Lord have Your way with us

Come like a rushing wind
Clothe us with power from on high
Now set the captives free
Leave us abandoned to Your praise
Lord let Your glory fall
Lord let Your glory fall

~ Tim Hughes. Copyright © 2002 Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing). CCLI Song #. 3818569. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Listen to it here: http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=565634

Contemporary Song: Lord, Let Your Glory Fall

Lord, let Your glory fall
as on that ancient day,
songs of enduring love
and then Your glory came.
And as a sign to You
that we would love the same,
our hearts will sing that song:
God, let Your glory come.

You are good, You are good,
and Your love endures.
You are good, You are good,
and Your love endures.
You are good, You are good,
and Your love endures today.

Voices in unison
giving You thanks and praise,
joined by the instruments
and then Your glory came.
Your presence like a cloud
upon that ancient day,
the priests were overwhelmed
because Your glory came.

Oh, Your anger lasts a moment,
but your favor lasts a lifetime.
Yeah, yeah.

A sacrifice was made,
and then Your fire came;
they knelt upon the ground,
and with one voice they praised.
They sang, “Come, Lord.
Lord, let Your glory fall,
let You glory fall. Come, Lord Jesus.”

~ Matt Redman. Copyright © 1998 Thankyou Music. Administered worldwide by worshiptogether.com Songs, except for the UK and Europe, which is administered by Kingsway Music. CCLI Song # 2526728. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Listen to it here: http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=576395



Additional Resources

Dramatic Readings for Pentecost


This worship resource was created/compiled by Christine Longhurst. You are welcome to use it free of charge, and where appropriate, please note the source. If you are printing any of the resources for distribution, please print the source as well. The content of the worship resource does not necessarily represent the views of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, which oversees the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. For more worship resources by Christine Longhurst, see http://www.re-worship.blogspot.ca or http://www.faithmatters.ca.

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