WEEKLY READINGS AND PRAYERS
Sunday 31st May 2020 — Pentecost
God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Acts 2.1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’ But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
26 O Lord how manifold are your works! : In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
27 There is the sea spread far and wide, : and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.
28 There go the ships and there is that Leviathan : which you have made to play in the deep.
29 All of these look to you : to give them their food in due season.
30 When you give it them they gather it; : you open your hand and they are filled with good.
31 When you hide your face they are troubled; : when you take away their breath, they die and return again to the dust.
32 When you send forth your spirit they are created, : and you renew the face of the earth.
33 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; : may the Lord rejoice in his works;
34 He looks on the earth and it trembles; : he touches the mountains and they smoke.
35 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; : I will make music to my God while I have my being.
36 So shall my song please him : while I rejoice in the Lord.
37 Let sinners be consumed out of the earth : and the wicked be no more. s
37a Bless the Lord O my soul. : Alleluia praise the Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning is now : and shall be for ever. Amen.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12.3b-13
No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body Jews or Greeks, slaves or free and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Gospel John 20.19-23
It was evening on the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’
Post Communion Prayer
Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6-7
Like Paul we believe that prayer is at the centre of everything we do. We may not be able to meet to pray each day but we can all pray for the same things each day.
Every day this week we pray for all those around the world who have been affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus. We pray for those who live in Oak Tree Drive, Parsonage Road and Pine Way.
Sunday 31st May — Pentecost
Almighty God, as we are gathered together, not physically but spiritually, joined in hope and in faith, we ask you to minister to our needs. Send the Holy Spirit to fill the hearts of your faithful people and kindle in them the fire of your love and on this Day of Pentecost, may we rejoice in this wonderful gift. Send him again into our hearts, into our lives, and into our world.
Monday 1st June
Faithful God, we pray for our church leaders, that they will be guided in their ministry by the influence of the Holy Spirit and that the Church, in the power of the Spirit, may make the Gospel understandable to people of every race, language, and culture. That the Holy Spirit of Peace may unite and reconcile the peoples and nations of the earth, bringing an end to war, hatred and discrimination.
Tuesday 2nd June
Creator God, whose Son Jesus Christ, travelled through towns and villages "curing every disease and illness." At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Wednesday 3rd June
Father God, we pray for your world and its peoples with all their needs, questions and longings. So often we struggle to understand the reasons behind things like the Coronavirus; and yet we know that in the midst of such events your love is shown in the acts of bravery, selflessness and compassion which we are seeing all around us especially by our health services and those in the wider community who continue to serve our needs.
Thursday 4th June
Loving God, we pray for all who suffer in the current circumstances and for those who are tasked with providing the medical and community support and, eventually the long task of reconstruction.
Friday 5th June
Gracious God, we pray for our community, that each of us, in these strange times, will be open to the opportunities to give of our individual talents enabling us to flourish as witnesses to the "One Body" of the church. We pray that each baptized Christian may develop more fully his or her response to all the gifts which the Spirit bestows for the service of the Body of Christ,
Saturday 6th June
Merciful God, Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Heavenly Father, please accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.