THE DAY OF PENTECOST

 

 

THE  DAY  OF  PENTECOST   
 A very warm welcome to all to our services today  –  Pentecost, or Whit Sunday. It is one of the great festivals as we celebrate the God’s Holy Spirit coming into the world and into all our lives. We celebrate Holy Communion at Affpuddle at 8am, then Parish Eucharist at Bere Regis at 10am and we come together for Evensong at Bere Regis at 6pm.
 
                                               
Collect for today  
  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.
                         
First  Reading:  Acts 2, verses  1 to  21       
     
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
         
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.  When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.  Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?  Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?  Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome  (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’  Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’
       
Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’
     
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.  These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!  No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
 
 ‘“In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
   Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
   Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
   I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
   The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
    And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
                                                                            
The Holy Gospel : John 15, verses 26 to 27 and John 16, verses 4 to 15
   
‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me.  And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.   
   
I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, “Where are you going?”  Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things.  But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:  about sin, because people do not believe in me;  about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
   
‘I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.’
                                                                                   
Prayers 
 
For the Church and the community of Christ                                                                                                                                                                                     
Welcome, Holy Spirit, into all out lives   
~may we be guided by the Spirit in all our thoughts and actions             
~we pray for the Holy Spirit to guide our Church leaders     
~for those working with young people particularly in pioneer ministry               
~ in South Sudan and Sudan for the Diocese of the Nasir Area, and for the Rt Revd Peter Gatbel Kunen Lual its bishop.
 
For the world and its leaders                                                                                                               
 
Oh Holy Spirit of God bring peace to Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere               
~come upon  those involved in preparation for the meeting of the leaders of the US and North Korea           
~and for a peaceful and long term resolution of the nuclear issues over Iran     
 ~for an end to the evils of terrorism, oppression, slavery and torture      
   
For our parishes and community   
 
May the Holy Spirit work through our community, our friends and neighbours, teachers and children, doctors and patients, every one young and old                   
~we think particularly of the isolated or lonely,  give comfort; where we can help move us to do so         ~we pray for young people taking GCSE and A levels, those in universities taking exams and those facing leaving school to start work in the next few months         
   
For the sick and their carers                                                                                                                                               
 We pray for all who are ill or in pain, those awaiting operation or treatment and those in hospital             ~for those in receipt of regular out-patient treatment  and those affected by the failure of the breast screening  programme       
~for all with issues of the mind and for those with dementia             
~for all carers,  spouses, family and those who give support         
~and in our parishes  for Jane and Nigel Woodward, Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett, Edna Marsh, Jo Powell, Benny Hazlehurst, Janet Cropper and John Dewey
   
For the deceased and those who mourn                                                                                                        
For the souls of all those who have died: including locally Patricia Rhodes and Betty Reynolds               
 ~ for families friends and neighbours of the deceased both local and distant  
                                                         
Post  Communion  Prayer  
Faithful God, 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.
                         
 Services next Sunday 27th May, Trinity Sunday
9.15  Parish Eucharist, Affpuddle,                 11.00  Family Communion,  Bere Regis
Christian Aid Week:  please return donations to Lindy at Affpuddle or Brenda at Bere Regis by the first Sunday in June.
Bere Regis  PCC will meet at 7.30pm on 23rd May at  the vicarage