Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:
Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14 Roman Catholic reading: Acts 2:1-21 United Methodist reading: Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 104:1-34 Episcopal reading (RCL): Psalm 104:25-35, 37 Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21 Roman Catholic reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Roman Catholic reading: John 20:19-23
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.
237-On Pentecost they gathered
241-Holy Spirit, truth divine
254-Breathe on me, Breath of God
236-Wind who makes all winds that blow
392-Draw us in the Spirit’s tether
404-A hymn of joy we sing
More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://www.modernpsalter.com/ or
This week: Psalm 104 – see p. 754 (vs. 1-13)
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Romans 8:22-27
Deeply the Spirit engages our spirits,
stirs in the hidden conviction of honor
that as we fail to endeavor completely
Spirit is praying in us as we founder.
In the compassion and passion of mercy.
power and might is the buoyancy won
that in delight we may echo God’s longing
found in the lingering stir of the Spirit.
Groaning and waiting with all of creation,
seeking adoption as children of God,
here is the eager attendance on sheer hope,
all of the will and the want of our Savior.
Sighs all too deep, nary word can convey them,
stir, rise and buoy all the dregs of our nation;
enter the peace and the quiet persuasion,
yield the whole life to the Spirit’s procession.
10.10.10.10. Suggested tune: O Quanta Qualia
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: The Spirit descends like a dove, bringing peace to unite the world in a just and caring community.
P: The Spirit comes like a breath, bringing life to renew the people of God.
L: The Spirit spreads like fire, bringing energy for witnessing to the love of God.
P: Spirit of the living God, come to us and transform our lives by your power.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Almighty God, who gives life and power to your church through the gift of your Spirit: Inspire us to bear witness to our living Lord. Quicken us to a recognition of your presence. Create in us grateful hearts. Challenge our minds with your wisdom. Encourage us with a heightened vision and hope. This we pray in the name of your Son Jesus Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
(or see prayer of the day below)
Prayer of the Day
O God, we ask you to pour out your spirit on us. Help us serve you more cheerfully so we can serve our brothers and sisters. Cast out everything which breaks or hinders the growing bonds of love between us. Give us the determination to make progress so that all our lives we may seek after your holy and perfect will.
R may indicate silent prayer, or a simple response, such as “Lord, hear our prayer.”
Through Christ, who ever lives to make intercession for us, let us pray to the Lord.
Lift up our hearts to the heavenly places and inspire us to serve you as a royal priesthood: R
Let all peoples acknowledge your kingdom and grant on earth the blessing of peace: R
Send down upon us the gift of the Spirit and renew your Church with power from on high: R
May peace abound and righteousness flourish, that we may vanquish injustice and wrong: R
Help us to proclaim the good news of salvation, and grant us the needful gifts of your grace: R
Let us commend the world, for which Christ prays, to the mercy and protection of God. (silence)
A concluding collect or Prayer for the Day may follow.
OR (adapted from “Prayers from the Book of Common Order,” Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)
O God, the creator and preserver of all, we pray for people of all sorts and conditions. Make your purpose known in the earth, your saving power among the nations. We pray for the well-being of the catholic Church.
So guide and guard it by your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in the unity of the Spirit and in righteousness of life. We commend to your generous goodness all those who are in any way afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or circumstances, especially as we lift to you ______________ and those we name to you in the silence of our hearts. (silent prayer) Comfort and relieve them according to their individual needs; give them patience under their sufferings, and a happy release out of all their afflictions. All this we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ.
Prayers from Common Worship*
God, who as at this time
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 judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
who fulfilled the promises of Easter
by sending us your Holy Spirit
and opening to every race and nation
the way of life eternal:
open our lips by your Spirit,
that every tongue may tell of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life
to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy
Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the
preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the
earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.
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
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Attend and send your Spirit, God,
the counselor who resonates in depths untold,
becoming in delight the sound
that fills us past all dread.
For in this coming, Lord our God,
you breathe into our souls
the sanctifying witness:
you are lure and all delight.
Service of Table
By the goodness of God, we are called into the family of the church. By God’s grace, we rejoice to share in the church’s life of mission and ministry. Let us offer our tithes and gifts to God’s glory as a token of the offering of our very lives.
O God, we thank you for your great generosity. All that we are and all that we have is a gift from you. Help us to serve one another and so reflect your spirit and goodness. Accept these offerings and grant that the cause to which they are devoted may prosper under your guidance.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
Blessed are you, Lord our God; you bring forth bread from the earth, and wine in its season. Your holiness calls to us today, Lord, as you called to your people in the life of Jesus Christ. Although many rejected him and reject him still, we remember and celebrate his presence with us in the power of your Holy Spirit. Send your power and strength to us, Lord, as we gather here in love for you, and upon these gifts of bread and wine. Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we might be his true body, empowered by your Spirit to give glory and honor to you through the life of your holy Church.
[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]
Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.
You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.
Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.
Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful. Read more here.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2014. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2014 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2014; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.
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