Prayers for Pentecost

Prayers for Pentecost

by Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

 

Pentecost-01Call to Worship:
We gather together to worship
In observance of an ancient festival
We gather together to worship
In thanksgiving for the gift of Your Spirit
We gather together to worship
In remembrance of the beginnings of the church
We gather together to worship
You our Holy God on this your holy day of Pentecost.

Opening Prayer:
In earth’s wild places
and within the trappings of civilisation;
in moments of wonder
inspired by nature and human creativity;
we experience the Spirit moving
and sense your presence.

In familiar words that encourage
and through acts of loving kindness;
said and done by those we know well
and strangers who are not yet friends;
we experience the Spirit moving
and sense your presence.

Pentecost-02In moments of quiet prayer and meditation
alone and listening for words whispered in our minds;
and in times of jubilant praise and worship
singing along with the crowd in adulation;
we experience the Spirit moving
and sense your presence.

These hints of you draw us
to this place in response to you.
In the togetherness of community
and through our worship here today
we experience the Spirit moving
and sense your presence this Pentecost.

Offering Prayer:
Giver of the resources of the bountiful earth
Giver of the hope of the gospel of peace
Giver of the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
Loving Lord,
to you we offer these our gifts in gratitude;
in the belief that even when they are small
you can use them effectively
Pentecost-03for the work of your church;
that the good news of Jesus,
first proclaimed long ago
in Jerusalem on Pentecost,
will continue to go out into the world.  Amen.

Blessing:
May the Spirit who hovered over the primordial water
bringing into being abundant life on earth
bring light and fruitfulness to our lives.
May the Spirit that appeared as a column of cloud and fire
leading the Israelites through the wilderness
lead us in our daily walk of faith.
May the Spirit that filled the first temple with glory
and came with signs of power to the first church in Jerusalem
Pentecost-04fill us with God life, that we may be truly blessed.
And so may God
Father, Son and Spirit,
be with us all now and forever.  Amen.

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Te Reo Resources

Would you like to include more Te Reo Māori in your worship? Rev Sharon Ross Ensor, Director of Presbyterian Church Schools in NZ has a free Te Reo Māori resource which could be of use to those leading worship.

For example:

Nau mai ki tēnei whare karakia o tātou.                                               
Welcome to this church of ours
…………………..
Leader: Kia noho a Ihowā ki a koutou. The Lord be with you.
All: A ki a koe ano hoki. And also with you.
………………………
Leader: Kia tau tonu te rangimārie o te Atua ki a koutou
The peace of God rest on you continually.
All: A ki a koe ano hoki.
And also on you.

………………………
Leader: Kia noho a Ihowā ki a koutou.
The Lord be with you.
All: Mā Ihowā koe a manaaki
The Lord bless you.
………………………..
WELCOME
E te whānau a Te Karaiti Brothers and sisters in Christ
ngā mihi aroha ki a tātou katoa. Warm greetings to you all
Kia ora tatou. Hello to you all.
…………………………

… etc.

A 5-page pdf file is available here

Easter Resources from Linda Cowan and Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

Joy begins the newsletter from the Canterbury Lay Preachers Association …

Linda and I have assembled a resource with an Easter theme this time. As always we hope you find the collection of prayers and poems we have compiled inspiring, encouraging and useful in your personal worship and lay preaching ministry.

This resource begins with material inspired by John chapter 20, which tells of Peter and the Beloved Disciple running to the garden tomb after Mary Magdalene had reported to them that the body of Jesus was missing, followed by Mary’s encounter with the risen Christ.

Last Christmas, when my husband and I were packing our motorhome in preparation for our annual summer holiday, I popped in three books for holiday reading. One was a novel written by a good friend and former work colleague, in which she recreates the amazing story of her ancestor, who was born an illegitimate daughter of Australian convicts and rose up through the social ranks to eventually become a friend of King Louis Philippe of France. The second was a book on container gardening, and the third a Mary Magdalenebook on Mary Magdalene. Apart from this eclectic selection of reading material, I also took away with me a bronchial infection which didn’t respond to antibiotics. Consequently I didn’t do much during our holiday, including much reading.

The novel and the gardening book remains untouched, but I have completed the book on Mary Magdalene, which was a fascinating read, although I did question some of its contents.  …

[Click here to continue reading to download a copy of the newsletter and its resources.]

Psalms for Advent & Christmas

Also from Rev Silvia Purdie, Minister at  Cashmere Presbyterian Church, Christchurch –http://www.conversations.net.nz/  (24 Nov 2017) –

Looking for a Call to Worship during December … look no further!

Image result for waitingThe Lectionary Psalms this year are 80, 85, 126, 89, 97 & 98. These (plus a little extra) are paraphrased and formatted here for use in worship.

Click HERE to download the pdf.

Palm Sunday resources – by Rosalie Sugrue

Call to worship:

The festival of Palm Sunday is a Christian custom,
a custom that extends back almost to the year dot.
Each succeeding year the faithful give voice to hope,
not just in devout song, but in cheers of acclamation.
Waving greenery wafts whispers of liberation,

– whispers that rise to crescendos of joy,

On reflection the commemoration is peculiar …
Because we know what that first crowd didn’t know,
We know how the journey ended …
So why add our hosannas to theirs?

Is it because a divine spark resides in all humans
A spark that calls us to rejoice in the journey
A spark that says no matter how it ends
Life is more about the journey than the destination.

What can be celebrated should be celebrated, for
Hope springs eternal and death does not defeat Joy.

 

Benediction/Commission:

We go from this service
mindful of calendar-changing
events of 2,000 years ago.
We go into a world of problems,
Problems so vast we feel helpless;
Yet as individuals we make choices –

small choices;
But even small choices
make a small difference;
Collectively the difference could be great.

Help us make the right choices,
So we may live as you
would have us live.

 

See also – Palm Sunday – Customs and Traditions (compiled by RMS)

 

 

Christ the King Sunday

spring-2015_1Joy Kingsbury-Aitken has written a Call to Worship for use on Christ the King Sunday which, this year, will be on 20 November – it can be found near the bottom of our resources for the Church Year page.

You may also be interested in having a look at the cover, table of contents and editorial from the Spring 2015 edition of Word and Worship, our quarterly magazine. Details on how to subscribe to Word and Worship are given on that page.