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.

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.


Spirit God – by Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

Spirit God
(a responsive reading of a psalm for Pentecost)

Spirit God, hovering over a watery world
Ordering creation from primordial chaos
Clothing earth’s nakedness with nature’s abundance
Breathing your spirit life into our humanness;
We acknowledge our need for you to
Shelter us under your motherly love
Transform our turmoil into tranquillity
Fill up our emptiness with your wisdom divine
Raise us aloft on the winds of eternity.

Spirit God, dwelling in pillars of cloud and of fire
Alighting on Sinai in flaming splendour
Thundering forth commandments of covenant
Sanctifying holy a nation of slaves;
We acknowledge our need for you to
Guide us on journeys through barren wastelands
Help us climb mountains for encounters with you
Speak laws of love into our consciences
Make sacred a church of commonplace folk.

Spirit God, filling with glory Solomon’s temple
Soaring heavenward on chariots of fire
Inspiring your prophets with visions that challenge
Promising the coming of the Davidic Messiah;
We acknowledge our need for you to
Form from your people your present day temple
Transport us above our everyday thinking
Show us the ways of heaven on earth
Make of us true disciples of the Anointed One.

Spirit God, as a dove descending
Declaring beloved of the Father his Son
Driving the Christ into the wilderness
Inspiring rebuffs to the tempter’s allures;
We acknowledge our need for you to
Fly down upon us the blessing of peacefulness
Proclaim our membership of the family of God
Be there for us in our spiritual barrenness
Grant us release from the enemy’s snares.

Spirit God, on Pentecost coming
Sounding like wind and appearing like fire
Descending upon the hundred and twenty –
Bringing to birth the new covenant church;
We acknowledge our need for you to
Bless our celebration of time that is holy
Full us with the joy that gives light to our lives
Be in our midst as we gather together
Proclaim in and through us the gospel of God.

– Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

Pentecost, painted in acrylics by Jennifer Allison


Day of Pentecost resources

pentecost 01This Pentecost newsletter from Canterbury Lay Preachers Association members Linda Cowan and Joy Kingsbury-Aiken is entitled “Spirit God – Spirited People” and contains not only prayers and hymns but also information on the origins of the Feast of Pentecost and about Spirited-saints like Hildegard of Bingen, St Columba, St Anthony of Padua, and Mother Theresa of Calcutta!

July – Bible Month

Bible 01July is Bible month in New Zealand, and Rosalie Surgue has written a liturgy which can be used to celebrate this event – including a little something to get the grey cells a-tingling!  The liturgy can be found on our page of resources for the Church Year.

Incidentally, the material for Disability Sunday has now been relocated to the Church Year page.

But wait,  there’s more!  Joy Kingsbury-Aitken has provided some Prayers for Pentecost, and this resource is also available on the Church Year page.