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Holy Communion Sunday May 19th, 2024 Pentecost Sunday:  “Pentecost in Practice”
Rev.  Alastair Hunting
Rev. Alastair Hunting
Sunday, May 19, 2024
Order of Service with Hymns

NOTE:  Pg #s refer to the BAS

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Processional Hymn: #249  Wind who Makes all Winds Blow 

Wind who makes all winds that blow—
gusts that bend the saplings low,
gales that heave the sea in waves,
stirrings in the mind's deep caves—
aim your breath with steady power
on your church, this day, this hour.
Raise, renew the life we've lost,
Spirit God of Pentecost.

Fire who fuels all fires that burn—
suns around which planets turn,
beacons marking reefs and shoals,
shining truth to guide our souls—
come to us as once you came;
burst in tongues of sacred flame!
Light and Power, Might and Strength,
fill your church, its breadth and length.

Holy Spirit, Wind and Flame,
move within our mortal frame.
Make our hearts an altar pyre.
Kindle them with your own fire.
Breathe and blow upon that blaze
till our lives, our deeds, and ways
speak that tongue which every land
by your grace shall understand.

Welcome & Acknowledgment of Land

Call to Worship (adapted from Genesis 11 and Acts 2)
Leader: Come!  Let us be the bricks and mortar for the Great Builder’s city.
People: Let us build the Kingdom, not for ourselves, but for all people!
Come! Let us be the wind that blows the announcement of the Good News.
Let us move to gather the people together in praise!
Come! Let us be the flame that signals the Spirit’s presence in this place.
Let us ignite rejoicing among the old and the young, our sons and our daughters! Look!  Even as we remain distinct, we are made one in Christ!
Come!  Let us worship God! Amen  (Seasons of the Spirit)
(We prepare our hearts for worship in silence)

The Gathering of the Community (Service begins on p. 185) 

Glory to God p.186
Kyrie Eleison p. 186 

Collect: Almighty and everliving 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, keep us in the unity of your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Proclamation of the Word   (Led by Pam Wilkinson)
First Reading:        ACTS 2:1-21 
PSALM 104:25-35, 37B 
    R:  Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth
Second Reading:    ROMANS 8:22-27

Gradual Hymn:        VU 375 Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness (v. 1-2)

Spirit, Spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness calling and free,
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,
wind, wind on the sea.

You moved on the waters,
you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains
from the valleys of sleep;
and over the eons you called to each thing:
""Awake from your slumbers
and rise on your wings.  R

You swept through the desert,
you stung with the sand,
and you goaded your people with a law and a land;
and when they were blinded
with idols and lies,
then you spoke through your prophets
to open their eyes.  R

The Gospel:        JOHN 15:26-27, 16:4B-15

Gradual Hymn:     VU 375 Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness (v. 3-4)

You sang in a stable,
you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence
when the whole world was still;
and down in the city
you called once again,
when you blew through your people
on the rush of the wind. R

You call from tomorrow,
you break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow
all the captives dream dreams;
our women see visions,
our men clear their eyes.
With bold new decisions
your people arise.  R

Homily:  “Pentecost in Practice

Affirmation of Faith: (Apostles Creed p. 189)

Prayers of the People    (Led by Tim Ray)

Confession and Absolution p. 191

The Peace    p. 192

Offertory Hymn: #645  Come Down, O Love Divine 

Come down, O Love divine, 
seek thou this soul of mine, 
and visit it with thine own ardor glowing; 
O Comforter, draw near, 
within my heart appear, 
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing. 

O let it freely burn, 
till earthly passions turn 
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming; 
and let thy glorious light 
shine ever on my sight, 
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming. 

Let holy charity
Mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart,
Which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loarthing.

And so the yearning strong, 
with which the soul will long, 
shall far outpass the power of human telling; 
for none can guess its grace, 
till Love create a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Prayer over the Gifts: Giver of life, receive all we offer you this day. Let the Spirit you bestow on your Church continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen

The Celebration of the Eucharist 

The Great Thanksgiving  (Prayer #1, p.193 preface for Pentecost p. 222)

The Lord’s Prayer (sung)        p. 211

The Breaking of the Bread (prayer # 2)     p. 212

Agnes Dei (sung) O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us… Grant us Thy peace. 

The Communion (all are welcome to receive communion, or to come up to the altar for a blessing)

Communion Hymn: #649  Breath on Me Breath of God

Breathe on me, breath of God;
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love
and do what thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
until my heart is pure,
until my will is one with thine
to do and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
till I am wholly thine,
until this earthly part of me
glows with thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life
of thine eternity.

Prayer after Communion:  Father, may we who have received this eucharist live in the unity of your Holy Spirit, that we may show forth his gifts to all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Doxology (Old 100th): Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise him all creatures here below! Praise him above ye heavenly hosts! Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost! Amen

The Blessing

Closing Hymn:   #312  Sing a New Song

Sing a new song unto the Lord;
let your song be sung from mountains high.
Sing a new song unto the Lord,
singing alleluia.

Yahweh's people dance for joy.
O come before the Lord
and play for him on glad tambourines,
and let your trumpet sound. Refrain

Rise, O children, from your sleep;
your Saviour now has come.
He has turned your sorrow to joy,
and filled your soul with song. Refrain

Glad my soul for I have seen
the glory of the Lord.
The trumpet sounds; the dead shall be raised.
I know my Savior lives. Refrain

The Dismissal    p. 215