Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday is for many of our congregations a time to celebrate not only the "birthday of the church" but also the Rite of Confirmation. The traditional story of Acts 2:1-21 is incredible and it is an echo of earlier stories, specifically Joel 2:28-29) and the story of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11).

There are two sets of prayers below,
the first referencing the intersection of Acts 2 and Genesis 11
the second set referencing the intersection of Acts 2 and Joel 2.

Meditation

Fire consumes
harvest and dross indiscriminately

Fire heats
the homes and melts the rock

Fire illumines
the path for sojourner and firefighter alike

Invocation

Holy Spirit,
move through
the babble of our worship words
that we might hear the lucidity of your Word.

Litany of Confession and Assurance

We celebrate the distinctions with each passage of life,
hoping for infamy that will hold our lives unique.
While we are building towers
we miss the invitation to humility.

We crave a place of security for our persons and our things
where we can claim confidence and freedom from fear.
While we are building towers
we forfeit the power of vulnerability.

We create visions of unity where voices are held in harmony
and conformity grows in the absence of conflict.
While we are building towers
we forget to embrace the richness of diversity.

We are building towers
while God beckons from the low places.
In the humility, the vulnerability, the diversity
we find the good news;
our end is our beginning.

Based upon based upon Joel 2:28-29 and "Send Down Your Spirit" (Marty Haugen) (2001)

Call to Worship

Then I will pour out my spirit on all flesh, thus says the Lord.
Send down the fire of your justice!

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Send down the rain of your love!

Your old shall dream dreams,
and your young shall see visions.
Send down your Spirit, breathe life in your people!

In those days, I will pour out my spirit.
And we shall be people of God.

Communal Confession

The Spirit comes with fire of justice
and we offer the extinguisher of complacency.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy upon us.

The Spirit comes with the rain of love
And we offer an umbrella of reserve.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy upon us.

The Spirit comes bearing fresh winds of change
and we close the windows.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy upon us.

Invitation to Pardon

Hear the great good news of our faith:
The Spirit is alive!
Breathe, children of God,
breathe the fresh winds of the Spirit.
Taste, children of God,
taste the quenching waters of God's love.
Touch, children of God,
touch the heat of God's passion for justice.