In the celebration of Pentecost the church remembers the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus, which equipped them to “go into all the world” proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. The roots of the Pentecost observance are in the Jewish festival of Shavout – the 50th day – of which the Greek word “Pentecost” is the equivalent. Shavout is the 50th day after the start of Passover and celebrated the first fruits of the harvest. The Christian Pentecost is the 50th day after Easter celebrating the first fruits of the resurrection of Christ. . Pentecost celebrates the empowerment of the church for its mission. It is the reversal of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). At Babel God confused the languages of the people to keep them from doing a sinful work. At Pentecost God made the various languages of the world intelligible to all so that the glorious work of proclaiming the message of Christ could be accomplished no matter what language was used to proclaim it. The Holy Spirit comes to heal all divisions and to create a new unity in Christ. The Spirit moves us beyond the divisions created by language, race, and nationality. Red is color for the day symbolizing the tongues of fire that touched each of the apostles in the upper room on the day of Pentecost; the enthusiasm of the disciples; and the sacrifices of the Christian martyrs who carried the Gospel to the world in spite of personal cost.

O Lord, open my lips.                                                                                                                                                                                                        AND MY MOUTH SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR PRAISE.                                                                                                                                                                You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses to the ends of the earth.                                                            COME, HOLY SPIRT, FILL THE HEARTS OF YOUR FAITHFUL AND KINDLE IN THEM THE FIRE OF YOUR LOVE.

Hymn                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, and lighten with celestial fire;                                                                                                                                          Thou the anointing Spirit art, who doth thy seven-fold gifts impart.                                         

Thy blessed unction from above is comfort, life and fire of love,                                                                                                                                      Enable with perpetual light the dullness of our blinded sight.                                                                                                                                                  Teach us to know the Father, Son and Thee, of both, to be but one,                                                                                                                                        That through the ages all along this may be our endless song:                                                                                                                                        Praise to Thine eternal merit, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for the week of Pentecost, May 31 – June 6.                                                                                                                                                            Read one of the readings, followed by the Psalm.                                                                                                                                                            Deuteronomy 16: 9-11     Acts 2:1-21    1Coritnithians 12:3b-13      Numbers 11:24-30     St. John 20:19-23     St. John 7:37-39

Psalm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.                                                                      YONDER IS THE SEA, GREAT AND WIDE, WITH LIVING THINGS TO GREAT TO NUMBER, CREATURES BOTH SMALL AND GREAT.                                                There move the ships, and there is Leviathan, which you have made for the sport of it.                                                                                                            ALL OF THEM LOOK TO YOU TO GIVE THEM THEIR FOOD IN DUE SEASON.                                                                                                                            You give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.                                                                                              YOU HIDE YOUR FACE, AND THEY ARE TERRIFIED; YOU TAKE AWAY THEIR BREATH, AND THEY DIE AND RETURN TO THEIR DUST.                                          You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth.                                                                                                    MAY YOUR GLORY, O LORD, ENDURE FOREVER; MAY YOU REJOICE IN ALL YOUR WORKS.                                                                                                  You look at the earth and it trembles; you touch the mountains and they smoke.                                                                                                                     I WILL SING TO THE LORD AS LONG AS I LIVE; I WILL PRIASE MY GOD WHILE I HAVE MY BEING.                                                                                          May these words of mine please you; I will rejoice in the Lord. BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL. HALLELUJAH!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Psalm 104:24-34,35b

Verses:                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The fruit of the Spirt is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.                                                                        PRODUCE IN US YOUR HARVEST, O HOLY SPIRIT.

Prayers                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Eternal god, by your Holy Spirit you have given life to all the earth, and brought new life to Christ’s church. You have blessed your people with wondrous gifts, and we praise you for all you share with us. Especially we thank you for those who proclaim your Word and sacraments… those who lead in your church… those who wait on others in need, especially those caring for those suffering from covid 19… those who teach and share wisdom and truth… those who represent the church in civil matters… those who provide music and art… those who work for the unity of the church… those who do menial tasks… those who care for children… those who visit and care for the lonely and the elderly… those who do research to find cures for disease, especially those seeking a vaccine for covid 19… and for all those who serve others by whatever name their service is called.

Merciful God, by your Holy Spirit you have claimed us to be your people in the world, and you have empowered us to show your love. We pray for those we would serve in Christ’s name. Especially we pray for those who are poor and hungry and homeless… those who live in fear of unemployment and job loss and those who have already experienced it… those who suffer from the covid 19 virus… those family member who wait and watch with those who are sick…nations torn by strife and warfare… refugees and victims of oppression…the imprisoned and confined…the illiterate and ignorant… those abandoned and outcast…those who carry the burden of government… those persecuted for their faith in Christ… all those in need, distress, or pain, by whatever name their suffering may be called.

Silent prayers.                                                                                                                                                                                                              True and only Light, from whom comes every good and perfect gift, send your Spirit into our lives with the power of the wind. Open the horizons of our minds by the flame of your wisdom. Loosen our tongues to show your praise, for only in your Spirit can we proclaim your words of peace and love, and acclaim Jesus as Lord. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Blessing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                      May Almighty God, who enlightened the minds of the disciples by pouring out upon them the Holy Spirit, make you rich with his blessings, that you may abound more and more in the Spirit. AMEN. May God, who sent the Holy Spirit as a flame of fire that rested upon the heads of the disciples, burn out all evil from your hearts, and make them to shine with the pure light of his presence. AMEN. May God, who by the Holy Spirt caused those of many tongues to proclaim Jesus as Lord, strengthen your faith and send you out to bear witness to him in word and deed. AMEN. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you forever. ALLELUIA! AMEN!

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