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Worship Sheet for Sunday 23 May Pentecost Wind of change

Sometimes called the birthday of the Church, the Day of Pentecost when the Spirit of Jesus came upon the believers in power, marked a new beginning – a transformation from hiding behind locked doors out of fear to confident and open proclamation of the good news of love and forgiveness and an outward orientation to the world and mission.
Call: Come and see God’s technicolour Spirit, blowing through our lives, lighting up the darkness, bringing colour to greyness, a constant rainbow reminding us of your love and care and promise that you are with us every day.

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Listen to the 1st Prayer

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Pray : Lord, we know the world is not as you want it to be, that we are not as you want us to be but we are afraid of change. We had so much of it and things are just not the same. And the prospect of even more change in the Church, in us, can weigh on us heavily. Remind us that you are a God who transforms – sin with forgiveness, broken lives into new creations; you set us free from so much that prevents us from receiving and sharing true love. And on this special day in the Christian year we are reminded of the coming of the Spirit in power to set your people free in mission, to proclaim new life in Jesus to a world in need, in word and action. Take from us our reservations, our reticence to embrace your gift of love; remind us that the Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus whose role is to deepen our bonds of love with Jesus and one another and to equip us to share in Jesus’ mission of love and service. Forgive us all our failings, including our reluctance to change; give us all the reassurance and faith we need to follow the Spirit’s lead, to rely on Jesus’ promise to be with us always, not least as we reach out and to change so as to be effective as his servants to a world in need of his gospel. And hear as us as we pray together saying: Our Father…

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Acts 2:1-12 The coming of the Holy Spirit in power.
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Thought- It’s hard to think back to how things were before we’d even heard the name “coronavirus”. We have become so accustomed to the restrictions (even if we could see them far enough) – being told where and when we can go and with how many, what will be open and shut, what we can and can’t do. Who would have thought that we would be banned from meeting family for such a long time? And yet, while many of us are looking forward to regaining these freedoms, understandably, some are wary about getting back in among shops and people – and churches! We like to stick to what we know; we are aware that things can’t always remain the same but so many of us are wary of change and the unknown. The Spirit came upon the believers as Jesus had promised, transforming them from frightened folk hiding behind locked doors into bold exponents of the faith openly proclaiming the good news of Jesus in the streets and later across the Mediterranean. The Spirit changes things, changes us, but the Spirit is Jesus’ gift to the church to enable us to be the people Jesus means us to be, and to do what he needs us to do. Yes, the Spirit changes things, needs to change us and the world – but the Spirit is always aligned with Jesus – has the sole aim of deepening our love for the Saviour and equipping us to further his purposes. As well as bringing change, the Spirit set us free – not to revert back to how things were. We can’t turn the clock back for ourselves or the world we live in; we need to go forward, but forward with Jesus. We may be wary of what the future may hold for ourselves, for this congregation and for the world at large but Jesus will be with us always and he has given us the Spirit to set us free to love and serve Jesus and the world for Jesus’ sake.


Praise: Ch4 595 O Breath of Life come sweeping through us.
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Pray: Lord, come among us with your love and power. Fit us for the challenges facing us, locally and in the wider world. Help us recognise that things need to change, not for change’s sake, but because too many live in danger, in poverty, in sickness, without a home, without education, without any meaningful prospects. The world is full of injustice. It’s not as it should be, it isn’t as you want it. Don’t allow our fear of change to stifle your plan to redeem the world in every sense. Show us that your Spirit is at work in our midst and can be a catalyst for us to change too. Watch over those who are carrying heavy loads, those whose burden is beyond them. Show us how our prayers and action can contribute to your plans for the world, that we might be the people you mean us to be and do what you need us to do for your kingdom. Be near to this our congregation in these times of change and help us to go forward into your future not in fear but in faith. In our prayer walk we pray for those who live or work in New Wynd. SILENCE

Lord hear our prayers spoken and unspoken and answer them for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.