May 23, 2017

Pentecost Call to Worship

Here’s a responsive call to worship for a Pentecost celebration that includes baptism and communion. It was written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith.

Call to Worship for Pentecost Sunday

God of wind and fire,
When you send your Spirit, we are created anew.
God of mighty oceans and still waters,
When we receive your baptism, we are born anew.
God of bread and wine,
When we eat at your table, we are nourished anew.
So pour out your Spirit
Let sacred waters flow
Fill us with holy food.
May our hearts and our hands be open wide
to receive your gifts of life. Amen.

~ written by Joanna Harader and posted on Spacious Faith. https://spaciousfaith.com/

Pastoral Prayer for Pentecost

Here’s a pastoral prayer for Pentecost Sunday from Mary Anne Isaak at the River East Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Pastoral Prayer for Pentecost

Holy Spirit, Creator,  
in the beginning you moved over the waters.
From your breath all creation drew life.
Without you, life turns to dust. 
       Bring to mind where you have created life this week.
       For this we give you praise.  Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Counselor,
by your inspiration, the prophets spoke and acted in faith.
You clothed them in power to be bearers of your Word.
In the quiet of this moment, counsel us
as to where we have lived out of our brokenness
and caused harm to You, to ourselves, to others, to the earth. 
Holy Spirit, hear our prayers of quiet repentance.

Holy Spirit, Sanctifier, you created us children of God;
you make us the living temple of your presence;
you intercede within us with sighs too deep for words.
We receive your forgiveness.
Bring to mind ways to seek reconciliation
in relationships that are strained or broken.
Give us the strength and courage to follow through.
Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Power, you came as fire to Jesus' disciples;
   you gave them voice before the rulers of this world.
   Bring to mind the name of one person
   to whom you are sending us this week
   that we may share the words and action that come from your fire
   and witness to the reality of Jesus Christ.  Come, Holy Spirit!

God of power,
   may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,
   may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,
   and may the gifts of your Spirit equip us
   to serve and worship you now and always. Amen.

~ written by Pastor Mary Anne Isaak, River East Mennonite Brethren Church, for Pentecost Sunday, 2014.  Inspired by a prayer on the Oremus.org website. http://oremus.org/

Call to Worship for Pentecost

The Spirit descends like a dove,
bringing peace to unite the world
in a just and caring community.
The Spirit comes like a breath,
bringing life to renew the people of God.
The Spirit spreads like fire,
bringing energy for witnessing to the love of God.
Spirit of the living God,
come to us and transform our lives by your power.

~ from the United Church of Christ. Posted on Life in Liturgy, from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). https://lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com/

Pastoral Prayer for Pentecost

Here’s a prayer of invocation and intercession for Pentecost. It was written by John Vest and posted on his website.

Prayer for Pentecost
(inspired by the events in Acts 2:1-13)

Come, Holy Spirit!

Come, Holy Spirit,
and fill us with your love.

Open our eyes to see the presence of God all around us,
in the stillness of this sacred space,
in the busyness and noise of our city streets,
in the joys and celebrations of our lives,
in the tragedies and struggles that break our hearts.

Come, Holy Spirit,
and comfort those who grieve.

Grant them the peace that only you can bring.
Stir within us a trust in life beyond death,
as we ponder the mysteries of Christ’s resurrection
and the hope we have in new and everlasting life.

Come, Holy Spirit,
and bring wholeness to the sick.

Strengthen those who are weak;
heal the wounded and broken;
give rest to the weary.

Come, Holy Spirit,
and inspire our warring world to seek peace,
to love our enemies,
to put away our weapons,
to remember the price paid for our freedom,
to care for those who have served.

Come, Holy Spirit,
and ignite a fire in our bones,
a passion for justice that cannot be quenched
until all of your children are loved,
until no one is marginalized or oppressed,
until everyone has the opportunity to thrive,
until the world is transformed and renewed.

Come, Holy Spirit,
and revive your church.

Liberate us from complacency and apathy;
inspire us with Christ’s vision for a world reborn;
help us to recognize our gifts for ministry
and to use them in service of others;
transform our hearts and our minds;
fill us with love that overflows;
remind us that there is no greater calling
than to love you with all that we are
and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Gracious God,
give us a glimpse of your kingdom
emerging around us
and drawing us into the new things
you are doing in the world.

It is for your kingdom that we now pray,
filled with your Spirit,
using the words Jesus taught us.
Our Father…

~ written by John W. Vest, and posted on John Vest. http://johnvest.com/

Offering Litany

Here is a prayer of dedication and commitment from Joanna Harader’s Spacious Faith website.

Prayer for the Offering

Holy One,
you have given yourself to us
in Creator, in Christ, in the Spirit.
We now give back to you:
this money that seems so little;
this worship that seems so small;
these words that never quite get it right.

Receive what we offer
and transform it by the power of your Spirit into:
enough money,
sufficient praise,
worthy words
for proclaiming and enacting
your peace, justice, and love in the world.

~ written by Joanna Harader and posted on Spacious Faith. https://spaciousfaith.com/