Day of Pentecost

May 28, 2023

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
You make the winds your messengers.
Fire and flame your ministers.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever.
May the Lord rejoice in his works!
—from Ps. 104

Come, Holy Spirit, lamplighter, midwife of change, comforter, disturber, inspirer, and advocate.
Come, fill the church with the gifts earth can neither produce nor afford.
Come, fill our lives with that rich mixture of peace and restlessness, calm and enthusiasm which are the hallmarks of holiness.
Come, promised Spirit of God, find your way to us and make your home among us.
In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
Common Order, Church of Scotland

O God, all-powerful Creator, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our Father: Send us, we pray, your Holy Spirit. On this Day of Pentecost, centuries after the day you gave birth to your church, awaken us once again; enlighten, encourage, and enable us to dare the seemingly impossible on your behalf. Give us the faith not only to take baby steps, but also even giant steps of faith. Draw us out of our comfort zones, for the world is troubled and your people are needed— not to fan the flames of conflict, but to embrace the world in your love.

As you did to Moses on Mount Sinai, show us your glory. As you did to the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration, take us beyond what is possible in our limited understanding. Help us to see the beauty in trusting you and obeying to Christ’s teachings. We ask on behalf of everyone: May all peoples and princes bow to you, work for your justice, and share your peace. May all churches be given a deeper understanding of your word, that together we may be the body of your Son. May the light of your truth shine on us all, until your creation is renewed.

Blessed are you, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for you have made us, you have set us free, and you have empowered us to be your people in the world. All this we pray in your holy Name. Amen.
—German Reformed (alt.)  

When God poured out the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the invitation went out to people of every nation and language. And so, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome in God’s presence and welcome at the Lord’s table. Let all who are hungry come, eat of the bread of life. And let all who are thirsty come, drink of the living water.

We thank you, gracious God, that you keep your promises. Today we receive the Spirit of which Jesus spoke, and we rejoice that now and forever this world is filled with your presence. May we experience that presence in these gifts, that in the bread and wine we may taste and see your goodness. And as the Spirit came in wind and fire, may she also blow through us and enflame us, that in all that we are and all that we have, we may bear witness to your love; through Jesus Christ. Amen.