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Sunday 31st of May 2020

Pentecost

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

Welcome to this service celebrating the feast of Pentecost. We recall today the time​, 50 days following the resurrection when Jesus' disciples were gathered in prayer, and received his promised Holy Spirit.

The Spirit empowers all his followers with the gifts which make the Kingdom of God present in our time. 

it is a delight today to have musical offerings from both our Toulouse and Cahors churches, as well as a reading given by Pasteur Veronique Isenmann, Minister of the United Protestant Church of France, responsible for Mission in the Arriege.

The service today is slightly different in format than our usual services and you may find it helpful to have a candle lit throughout the service, and towards the end of the service to light a further candle for each person gathered, as an outward sign of the inward gifts of God's Holy Spirit, given to each of us.

Dan

Chaplain

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Gathering

You may use the recorded liturgy to help you follow this service, or for those praying in pairs or larger family groups, you may decide that one person will lead, while others respond with the words in bold type.

You may wish to spend some time in silence or listening to gentle music before following the service.\

Here above is a more recent song than we sometimes share, 'This is the Air I Breathe', from Hillsong. A beautiful expression of dependence of God's presence in our lives.

Gathering and Confession
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         Grace, mercy and peace

         from God our Father

         and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All  And also with you.

         Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All  He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Introduction

 

Jesus Christ, whom we worship, is our crucified, risen and ascended Lord and we have walked with him through his journey of love. We have faced the agony of his suffering and death on a cross. We have rejoiced at his bursting free from the bonds of death. We have enjoyed his risen presence with us and his revelation of himself through the breaking of bread. We have seen his return to the throne before which every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that this Jesus is Lord. And now, with the followers of his own time, we await the coming of the promised Holy Spirit, his gift to his people, through whom we make Christ known to the world.

Responsory

          As we wait in silence,

All   fill us with your Spirit.

          As we listen to your word,

All   fill us with your Spirit.

          As we worship you in majesty,

All   fill us with your Spirit.

          As we long for your refreshing,

All    fill us with your Spirit.

          As we long for your renewing,

All    fill us with your Spirit.

          As we long for your equipping,

All    fill us with your Spirit.

          As we long for your empowering,

All    fill us with your Spirit.

Silence is kept.

Gloria in Excelsis

         Glory to God in the highest,

         and peace to his people on earth.

         Lord God, heavenly King,

         almighty God and Father,

         we worship you, we give you thanks,

         we praise you for your glory.

         Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

         Lord God, Lamb of God,

         you take away the sin of the world:

         have mercy on us;

         you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

         receive our prayer.

         For you alone are the Holy One,

         you alone are the Lord,

         you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

         with the Holy Spirit,

         in the glory of God the Father.

         Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

 

         We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

 

         Generous God, we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit. 

         We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

         Lord, come to bless us

All    and fill us with your Spirit.

         We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit. 

         We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

         Lord, come to bless us

All    and fill us with your Spirit.

         We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit. 

         We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

          Lord, come to bless us

All    and fill us with your Spirit.

         We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

         We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

         where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

          Lord, come to bless us

All    and fill us with your Spirit.

         We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit. 

         We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

          Lord, come to bless us

All   and fill us with your Spirit.

         We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit. 

         We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

          Lord, come to bless us

All   and fill us with your Spirit.

         We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit, given us by the risen Lord. 

         We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

         in the joy of eternal life.

         Lord, come to bless us

All   and fill us with your Spirit.

         Generous God, you sent your Holy Spirit upon your Messiah at the river Jordan, 

         and upon the disciples in the upper room: 

          in your mercy fill us with your Spirit,

All    hear our prayer,

        and make us one in heart and mind

        to serve you with joy for ever. Amen.

 

         Jesus said, ‘Before you offer your gift, go and be reconciled.’

         As sisters and brothers in God’s family,

         we come together to ask our Father for forgiveness.

Matthew 5.24

In a time of silence, we call our sins to mind and resolve to sin no more.

         Most merciful God,

         Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

         we confess that we have sinned

         in thought, word and deed.

         We have not loved you with our whole heart.

         We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

         In your mercy

         forgive what we have been,

         help us to amend what we are,

         and direct what we shall be;

         that we may do justly,

         love mercy,

         and walk humbly with you, our God.

         Amen.

         May the God of love and power

         forgive you and free you from your sins,

         heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,

         and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.

         Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

         

         Being made one by the power of the Spirit,

         let us pray with confidence as our Saviour taught us

All   Our Father, who art in heaven,

       hallowed be thy name;

       thy kingdom come;

       thy will be done;

       on earth as it is in heaven.

       Give us this day our daily bread.

       And forgive us our trespasses,

       as we forgive those who trespass against us.

       And lead us not into temptation;

       but deliver us from evil.

       For thine is the kingdom,

       the power and the glory,

       for ever and ever.

 

       Amen.

Worship

As we worship our loving God, play one or more of the following worship songs, or other music.

Join in singing or just enjoy the words and music in God's holy presence

The Word of the Lord

First Reading

First ReadingPasteur Veronique Isenmann, Minister of the United French Protestant Church
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Acts 2.1 - 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 from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,  Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them 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.’

The Psalm for the Day

PsalmLiz Pearson, Brens Church
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Psalm 104.26 - 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.

    Alleluia.

Second Reading

Second ReadingRev. Christel Langdon-Griffiths, Toulouse Church
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1 Corinthians 12.3b-13


3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.


4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.


12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Third Reading

Third ReadingRev. John King, Cahors Church
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John 20.19-23


19 When it was evening on that day, 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.’ 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Sermon, Rev. Dan Langdon-Griffiths, Chaplain

Dedicating Ourselves to God

Blessing and Ending
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Blessing of Light

 

If possible, we each light our candle from the lighted candle on the table.

Blessed are you, sovereign God, overflowing in love.

With Pentecost dawns the age of the Spirit.

Now the flame of heaven rests on every believer.

Strong and weak, women and men tell out your word;

the young receive visions, the old receive dreams.

With the new wine of the Spirit

they proclaim your reign of love.

Amid the birth pangs of the new creation

the way of light is made known.

Source of freedom, giver of life,

blessed are you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All   Blessed be God for ever.

For fifty days we have celebrated the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over the powers of sin and death. We have proclaimed God’s mighty acts and we have prayed that the power that was at work when God raised Jesus from the dead might be at work in us.

As part of God’s Church here in Midi-Pyrénées and Aude, I call upon you to live out what you proclaim.

 

         Empowered by the Holy Spirit, will you dare to walk into God’s future,

         trusting him to be your guide?

All   By the Spirit’s power, we will

         Will you dare to embrace each other and grow together in love?

All   We will.

         Will you dare to share your riches in common and minister to each other in need?

All   We will.

         Will you dare to pray for each other until your hearts beat with the longings of God?

All   We will.

         Will you dare to carry the light of Christ into the world’s dark places?

All   We will.

Conclusion

         The Lord is here.

All   His Spirit is with us.

Today we have remembered the coming of God’s power on the disciples and we invite that same Spirit to drive us out into the wild places of the world.

May the Spirit,

who hovered over the waters when the world was created,

breathe into you the life he gives.

All   Amen.

May the Spirit,

who overshadowed the Virgin when the eternal Son came among us,

make you joyful in the service of the Lord.

All   Amen.

May the Spirit,

who set the Church on fire upon the Day of Pentecost,

bring the world alive with the love of the risen Christ.

All   Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All   Amen.

Filled with the Spirit’s power,

go in the light and peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

All   Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

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Acknowledgements

Common Worship, material from which is included here, is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000 and published by Church House Publishing.

Common Worship: New Patterns for Worship, material from which is included here, is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2002 and published by Church House Publishing.

Common Worship: Times and Seasons, material from which is included here, is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2005 and published by Church House Publishing.

Bible Readings taken from New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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