Almighty God, at the feast of Pentecost you sent your Holy Spirit to the disciples, filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel; empower us with that same Spirit to witness to your redeeming love and draw all people to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
God of rushing wind and dancing flames, we confess that we have too often resisted the urgings of the Spirit and turned away from those who are different. You seek to enlarge our understanding and bridge our divides, but we cling to that which is comfortable and known. We have hoarded our resources out of fear rather than following the example of your earliest church and sharing with all as any have need. Forgive our lack of trust in You. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, personally and as the church, as on that first Pentecost. Embolden us to live renewed and transformed lives as disciples of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ, in whose name we silently pray . . .
New Testament Lesson: Acts 2: 1-21 (from the translation The Voice)
Psalter Lesson: Psalm 104: 24-34; 35b NRSV
- No. 129 – Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us
- No. 131 – Wind Who Makes All Winds That Blow
- No. 130 – Let Every Christian Pray
Anthem performed by the Chancel Handbell Choir
Sacrament of Holy Baptism
“The Church of Your Dreams” – Rev. Dr. Martha Jordan