Good morning everyone.

It’s Pentecost Sunday. I’m always caught out by the sudden liturgical change to the colour red after it being white for quite a while. Likewise the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives catches us unawares – in a good way, a very good way.

Roger in his sermon focuses on the apostles gathered in Jerusalem, a situation which seemed hopeless. Then, by the power of God’s gracious Spirit, things happened beyond their imagining and their story took on new life, new energy. The promise is there for us, God’s Church today: that if we gather together to pray in faith, that God’s Spirit will work through us.

We pray that the aroma of the Spirit may fill this Church. That we may truly sense God all around us – in all we think and say and do.

We pray for the dynamism of the Holy Spirit in our lives. That we may be strengthened in our Christian witness.

We pray for the healing of the Holy Spirit. Particularly thinking of the tragic events unfolding in the Holy land.

We pray for the peace of the Holy Spirit. To inhabit each person that we will name today and remember in our prayers

And we pray that the wind of the Spirit, the fire of God’s love, will bring change … renewal … new life … fruitfulness … to us and to all the world.

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people, and kindle in us the fire of your love”.

Amen.

Virtual Service 23 May