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Online services and readings for Pentecost Sunday
Readings & Prayers for Pentecost
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.
Psalm 104 v 26 – 37
26 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
27 There is the sea, spread far and wide,
and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.
28 There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan
which you have made to play in the deep.
29 All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season.
30 When you give it them, they gather it;
you open your hand and they are filled with good.
31 When you hide your face they are troubled;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return again to the dust.
32 When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
33 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works;
34 He looks on the earth and it trembles;
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
35 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will make music to my God while I have my being.
36 So shall my song please him
while I rejoice in the Lord.
37 Let sinners be consumed out of the earth
and the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Acts 2 v 1 – 21
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. and suddenly from
heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where
they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on
each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other
languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this
sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the
native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are
speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and
Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors
speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another,
‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and
all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are
not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was
spoken through the prophet Joel:
“In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
John 20 v 19 – 23
When it was evening on the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the
disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said,
‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the
disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the
Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to
them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you
retain the sins of any, they are retained.’
Intercessions by Ann Munton
We pray for our church here in Midsomer Norton. Although we cannot meet face to face at the
moment bind us together in your love as one family to your praise and glory. We pray for the
other parishes in our diocese and for the work of Peter our Bishop and Ruth, Bishop of Taunton
We pray for your guidance during our vacancy. Assist our Bishop and our archdeacon, our
patron Christchurch Oxford and our Parochial Church Council representatives in the process of
recruiting the right priest for our church. We ask that the priest called by you will hear and
respond to your call. Equip the priest to have the skills and patience to minister to your flock
here. And help us to embrace new ways of furthering your kingdom in Midsomer Norton.
Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer
We pray for the leaders of the world. Those who, during this pandemic, are bearing a heavy
burden of responsibility and are having to make very difficult decisions. Grant them the
wisdom and courage to take actions for the benefit of all.
We pray for those who have recently lost their jobs and for those who are worried about the
future. Bring them reassurance and peace. We give thanks for the many volunteers who are
fetching shopping and medication for those who are confined to their homes. We pray for the
work of charities that are providing food for those in need.
Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer
We pray for our local community and in particular for the residents of :-Lynwood Close,
St Chads Avenue & Park Way.
We pray for the children and teachers who will be returning to school on Monday. May the new
arrangements put in place protect children and their families from coronavirus. We pray that
attending school will bring the children happiness and positive learning experiences. We pray
also for those children who are continuing to learn at home. Give them patience and resilience
in their studies.
O Lord you gave the precious gift of the Holy Spirit to the first Christians. Pour your Holy
Spirit upon us. May the Holy Spirit guide us through life. May the Holy Spirit purify and renew
us. May the Holy Spirit make us strong in your service. Come Holy Spirit come.
Lord in you mercy, Hear our prayer
We pray for those who are unwell at this time. We pray for those who are currently in hospitals
and in nursing homes and for those who look after and protect them.
We pray for the sick:- Rachael Macfarlane, Judy Flook, Miranda Cooper, Rose Stenner, Paul
& Margaret Knott, Irene Leet, Faye McDermott, Anne Hatton, Rob & Glyn Gilliland, Gerrard
Monks, Trevor & Elizabeth Bell, Fr Roy Boots, Nicholas Hambleton, Mary Hickmott, Helen
Plummer & Daniel Plummer, Betty Chiplin, Ethan Horwood, John Lewis.
We pray for those who are bereaved and those who mourn.
The Departed: Mary Cheshire.
Years Mind: (S) Emily Blackmore, Mark Netherwood, Ivor Hurst (M) Lynette Bick, Harold
Bryant, Henry Gregory, Allan Holden (T) Alice Barnard, Ethel Bissex, Joan Wildegger (W)
Sarah Carpenter, Kathleen Maundrell, Evelyn Carter, Stanley Milverton (T) Kate Eastment,
Vera Gregory, Stanley Hicks (F) Elizabeth Maggs, Ann Grist (S) Alfred Blacker, Thomas Kerr,
Gwendoline Carter, William Smith.
Lord in you mercy, Hear our prayer
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thought for the Day Pentecost by Father Jim
If we stop to think about it, the idea that the Holy Spirit first appeared like fire on the heads of
disciples, is quite unnerving. For, in a secret, enclosed location in Jerusalem, two of the most
fickle and elusive elements know to man come together: fire and a strong wind. Unreasonable
flame, and invisible, erratic currents of air. Materialising from nowhere, they rush over the
apostles like waves… and something extraordinary happens to them: they can suddenly do
things which they could never do before. So startling is their transformation that bystanders
seek an explanation; in human terms, this simply isn’t possible. One minute these men are a
demoralised remnant, the next they are leaders and preachers. Before they are a ragbag of
northern labourers and after they are the “A” team: skilled in communicating the gospel across
the cultural and language divide. Who yesterday couldn’t make themselves understood in the
market today is suddenly fluent and persuasive in many different languages is odd to say the
least. Something is out of control, behaving as it shouldn’t do: this is something we humans
don’t like much.
Some years ago there was a British Gas advertising campaign, where various celebrities would
snap their fingers and a blue flame would spring up at the end of their thumb: “Don’t you just
love being in control?” was the slogan. Of course we love being in control: air conditioning,
central heating, 24-hour supermarkets, cable TV, flexitime… we want to choose, to please
ourselves in as many ways as possible. In the prevailing Western culture, the will of the
individual rules supreme.
So is God becoming confined to smaller and smaller boxes, domesticated and sugar-coated for a
Sunday church that makes us feel good, crammed into a shape and size that seeks to place him
at our disposal. To worship him in a way that makes us feel good. Not to worship him as he told
Do this in remembrance of me.
We might imagine that we are in command and feel rather sorry for those who are less able to
snap their fingers and get whatever they desire from there worship of God. We come to church
not because we want to, BUT BECAUSE WE MUST.
When we knelt in front of the Bishop and he said CONFIRM O LORD YOUR SERVANT
WITH YOR HOLY SPIRIT we too received that power given to Christ first followers St Paul
saw that Spirit in action; he describes to the Corinthian Christians the way it brings to light
different gifts in different people. Somehow we must come closer to the Spirit’s flame,
removing the narrow limits we seem to have applied to God, in all his persons. It’s not easy. We
are embedded in a culture that often cannot hear the claims of a higher authority.
Accepting that God is God, that Jesus revealed him on earth and that his Spirit is with and in us
moves us to commit ourselves to a trusting relationship; to hear ourselves called and to be open
to the things that could happen. That may mean that we are in for a surprise — for the divine
spark may turn us into something new: prophets, preachers, visionaries.
The tiniest chink of openness to the Spirit can enable us to do things we never believed we
could do, helps us weather storms that can be thrown at us, upholds us in the deepest sorrow.
This is why the Church is here: to proclaim who is really in control and to participate in his
mission. Each with our various complementary gifts, we are the ones who, like the apostles
before us, can, together, make God known and show who really is in control.