Sunday 28 May 2023: Pentescost Sunday
Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth
As we gather in prayer on this great birthday of the Church, we recall the great transformation of the disciples that came about as a direct result of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit brought a new life, a new energy and a new direction as they left the lockdown of fear. They moved from despair and fear to hope and energy. The Great Commission of Jesus at Ascension comes true in one place as Peter addresses the crowds: they were tasked to go out into the world, yet pilgrims from across the world were gathered there on their door step, just outside their self-isolation: “everyone was amazed and unable to explain it. (Acts 1: 12).
Pentecost is a challenge to see the basic good in the world and the goodness of others, even as bad things happen. As the poet John O’Donohue reflects, true friendship is transformative-allow the Holy Spirit to transform your life and friendships on this Pentecost Day so you can be a true friend of God . “A friend is a loved one who awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you.” (John O’Donohue)
We pray: Hearts ablaze Beautiful Lord, may we say “yes” to you so that the Spirit in our hearts will once again be set ablaze Spirit of Wisdom, guide our actions so they tell of God’s love. Spirit of Truth, open our eyes to see the world as it really is. Spirit of Power, enthuse us to work for justice throughout the world. Spirit of Love, inspire us to respect the dignity of each person. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts. Come, Holy Spirit, fill us. Come, Holy Spirit. Come. Amen
Have a wonderful Pentecost love and prayers Revd Sara