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Worship Sheet for Sunday 5 June              Amazing, astonishing   

The Holy Spirit came upon the believers at Pentecost doing an amazing thing – empowering the embryonic Christian community into a loving force that would take the good news of Jesus all over the then known world with astonishing results. The same Spirit of Jesus is promised to believers today to equip us to play our part in changing the world to make it resemble God’s loving purposes. Are we ready?
Call: Come and see, the Holy Spirit is here: the wild wind who blows away our doubts and fears, the one who remains with us forever. Come and worship God our maker, who has sent the Spirit to guide us and give us comfort. Come let us worship God, Parent, Son and Spirit.

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Pray : God of Pentecost power, amazing people thousands of years ago, astonishing us today, we offer to you our praise, and relish every story told in the past or told today that speaks of your transformative grace, your empowering urgency, and your overflowing love. We praise you for the Pentecost spirit that transcends the boundaries of language and culture that we use to segregate and differentiate, revealing your vision and our reality: that we are all connected, and one with creation. Forgive us when we use words to divide and conquer, to harm and betray, and show us a different way. Forgive us when we use our energies to defend the much we have with little thought for those with nothing, to gorge ourselves on precious resources with no regard for the cost to others, and expand our vision to see how our decisions affect the lives of others. God of Pentecost power, work in us, motivate us, let your Spirit stir us, that the praise we offer would be honest and heartfelt, building us up to be the best of who we can be as your beloved, but often wayward, children. Receive us, forgive, restore and equip to through Jesus you Son who taught us to say Our Father…

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Acts 2:1-11    Pentecost.              
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Thought- We are apt to shy away from things we don’t fully understand. If truth be told, we like to be in control! But Pentecost reminds us that God does things his way – and sometimes that will make us feel uncomfortable, but it can also amaze and astonish. The Day of Pentecost was a seismic shift for the early believers – God stretched their experience and their understanding. For one, he signalled that faith was for the whole world, not only Jews – so he spoke to people from all over the then known world. He drove them outwards; their focus could no longer be insular. And so it is for us. The temptation to home in on our difficulties and internal problems is as great today as then but the Spirit is still the driver of mission – he sends us out and equips us to continue Jesus’ mission. An old word for the Holy Spirit is Paraclete – which means the one who comes alongside. A lifeboat may go alongside a stricken vessel to rescue, a good friend might get alongside one who is troubled or unwell – to encourage and support. God, by his Spirit is ready and willing to come alongside his people, in our varied needs and challenges – not to browbeat or to cajole but to support and encourage and offer us vision and hope. That is amazing, if at times daunting. But we need to remember that the Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus and will only operate to fulfil his loving purposes and bring him glory. We have no need to fear. The Spirit is at work – let’s be sure that we are open to his help and prompting – the detail of our mission will differ from the 1st century but God has work for us now.

Praise: CH4 600         Spirit of God unseen as the wind.     
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Pray: Lord God, we call upon your name, as we pary for people and situations close to home or far away,
seeking to share with you our thankfulness for so much good that we see, and our anxiety for so much that troubles us and the peace of this world. We give thanks for the many ways people-wherever they are, whatever language they speak- come together to solve problems, to formulate ways to cooperate, to seek answers to seemingly intractable issues. May they, and we, work together as we face the challenges of global inequity, of climate change, of trade imbalance, of food and water insecurity, and of energy reliance. We give thanks for the people, now exhausted, who are still working on the frontline of pandemic and who have long been forgotten by policy makers: for medics and hospital staff, for carers and the families of those in care homes, for teachers and educators, for police and emergency services, and all those who keep society ticking over, safely, compassionately, that they persevere and are shown the respect they deserve. We give thanks, for those who offer themselves for public service and commit their lives to that purpose, and we lament at those who use public service for their own ends, to feather their own nests, with little regard for the choices they make, and the impact those choices may have. We acknowledge and give thanks for the lifetime of service offered by Her Majesty the Queen, for the faithful way in which she has been true to her coronation vows and her witness to you. Bless her in her older years and may she find contentment with a more limited role. Pentecost God, enliven us, your Church, to serve you in all we do and say.
In our prayer walk this week we remember those who live or work in Adam Way and Lamb Way and we pray for ourselves, that you would hear our own prayers, for people and situations known to us. SILENCE. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.