Pentecost C, May 15, 2016

I get to baptize my little girl on Pentecost!  Thus a liturgy for that will be included.  I’m so excited!!!

Acts 2:1-21
Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Romans 8:14-17
John 14:8-17 (25-27)

CALL TO WORSHIP
One: It was rather windy this morning.
All: The winds of the Spirit are blowing amongst us.
One: And it was a bit chilly.  I need to warm up.
All: Like tongues of fire, the Spirit has stoked a holy flame within us.
One: And I just can’t seem to catch my breath these days.
All: The Holy Spirit, the breath of God, is filling our lungs and our lives.  Today we hear of God’s gift to us, enlivening us so that we may be even more Christ’s own.  Holy Spirit, fill us with life anew.

OPENING PRAYER
O Spirit divine, with every breath we take you are giving us holy opportunities.  On this special day when we celebrate the amazing way you came into the lives of the disciples, may we breathe deeply your grace.  May we inhale your love, strength and passion, and may we exhale these gifts to the world around us, so full of you that others may not know what to do and think we are drunk.  May we be your unselfconscious people.

CALL TO CONFESSION
We come to God quiet in faith and doubting our worth, but we have done nothing that isn’t as old as the sun.  Let us come before our Lord today exhaling the sins that we have been holding for too long.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O Spirit of life, we have become stagnant.  We get stuck in corners and drop ourselves into still inaction, or we roar through and become destructive, upsetting the world around us and leaving chaos in our wake.  May we learn your gentle, loving and energy-giving ways.  We have not spoken in ways to reach out to and give life to others but instead cut them down and silenced their worth.  We have been self-conscious and not lived fully into your wishes for us.  Forgive us.  Help us be led by your Spirit and be your children.  Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Dear ones, know that even as you are, you are being forgiven.  Feel the movement of the Spirit within you, calling you to be more than who you are.  I declare to you: in the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven.  Now go and spread peace with others in the name of the Spirit Christ left us.

CALL FOR THE OFFERING
We have been adopted into God’s family, and we are called to help our brothers and sisters.  Let us now bring forth from our efforts that we may use these gifts to lift up others.  Let us collect our tithes and offerings.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION
O Holy One, may these simple gifts go forth and do audacious things.  May they enliven those who are touched by them.  May they spread your peace and further your name.

INVITATION TO THE TABLE
On Pentecost the world became a bit bigger. The languages around the Lord’s table became more diverse. New brothers and sisters were to be seen, and the safety of being believers with only those just like us was gone. Thanks be to God that we also are welcome to this table in our own strangeness. This is the Lord’s table spread for you. Come, and hear your own language spoken. 
INTRODUCTION TO A BAPTISM ON PENTECOST

The Spirit blew over the waters of creation and worked to make form out of the void. 

The wind swirled up pillars of cloud and fire to guide the people of God as they wandered in the wilderness. 

In the Spirit’s wisdom she inspired the judges and the prophets into the difficult positions of truth to further deep, abiding justice and righteousness that makes us whole as individuals and communities. 

The  Spirit was with Mary as she grew the Christ child and sang her song of hope and equality in the nations. 

And when Jesus himself was baptized, the Spirit came down somehow, in a way that could only be described as being like a dove, and blessed God’s son.  

John the Baptist told us that, while he baptized with water, Christ was coming to baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. That is the legacy that we fulfill at these waters of baptism today. 

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One thought on “Pentecost C, May 15, 2016

  1. Thanks for this Invitation to the Table. I’m planning to use it this Pentecost at Echo Hill Presbyterian, Cedar Rapids, IA.

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