May 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: Come, Spirit of Grace

Here is a prayer of invocation for Pentecost by Roddy Hamilton. It was posted on the Mucky Paws website.

Prayer of Invocation for Pentecost

Spirit… spirit… spirit… spirit…

The crunch of word
the splash of light
the run of water

Spirit… spirit… spirit… spirit…

The breaking of word
the flow of light
the rush of water

Spirit… spirit… spirit… spirit…

Come Spirit
scoundrel of grace
invade and infect us
with goosebumps and justice

Come Spirit
spark in the chaos
and unstop our ears
to the song in creation

Come Spirit
rascal of heaven
bring us to the edge
of all things created

Come Spirit of grace
Come Spirit of life
Come Spirit of creation
Come now… now… now… now

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws.

Pentecost Invocation: Come, Holy Spirit

Here’s a prayer of invocation for Pentecost. It comes from the Oremus website.

Invocation for Pentecost

Holy Spirit, Creator,
in the beginning you moved over the waters.
From your breath all creation drew life.
Without you, life turns to dust.
Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Counselor,
by your inspiration, the prophets spoke and acted in faith.
You clothed them in power to be bearers of your Word.
Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Power,
you came as fire to Jesus( disciples;
you gave them voice before the rulers of this world.
Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Sanctifier,
you created us children of God;
you make us the living temple of your presence;
you intercede within us with sighs too deep for words.
Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit, Giver of life,
you guide and make holy the church you create;
you give gifts:
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and fortitude,
the spirit of knowledge and piety,
the spirit of the fear of the Lord,
that the whole creation may become what you want it to be.
Come, Holy Spirit!

True and only Light,
from whom comes every good gift.
Send your Spirit into our lives
with the power of a mighty wind.
Open the horizons of our minds
by the flame of your wisdom.
Loosen our tongues to show your praise,
for only in your Spirit can we voice your words of peace
and acclaim Jesus as Lord. Amen.
Being made one by the power of the Spirit,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us:
Our Father, which art in heaven….

God of power,
may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,
may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,
and may the gifts of your Spirit equip us
to serve and worship you now and always. Amen.

~ posted on the website.

Pentecost Benediction

Here is a benediction for Pentecost Sunday from the Presbyterian Church of Canada website.

Benediction for Pentecost

As you enter a new week,
may you experience God’s presence. 
May you feel God pouring out the Holy Spirit
over your heads and your thoughts and the words of your lips,
over your hearts and your feelings and emotions
and your compassion for all others,
and over your hands and your feet
as you put into action all that God commands you. 

During this week,
may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with each of you; Amen.

~ posted on the Presbyterian Church of Canada website.

Opening Prayer for Pentecost

Here is an opening (or closing) prayer for Pentecost. It was written by Rev. Gord Waldie and posted on the Worship Offerings website.

Pentecost Prayer

Spirit God,
blow into our lives,
move us to action,
break down the walls that separate us.
Where our language divides, offer us translation.
Where our fear overcomes, fill us with the fire of courage.
Where our lives are becalmed, fill our sails with wind,
moving us forward into the unknown future.
Fill us with the hope and promise of Pentecost! Amen.

~ written by Rev. Gord Waldie and posted on Worship Offerings.

Gathering for Pentecost: To Live with the Spirit

Here is a Pentecost reflection from Jessica Power, OCD.  It was posted on And with Your Spirit.

Pentecost Reflection

To live with the Spirit of God is to be a listener.
It is to keep the vigil of mystery,
earthless and still.
One leans to catch the stirring of the Spirit,
strange as the wind’s will.

The soul that walks where the wind of the Spirit blows
turns like a wandering weather-vane toward love.
It may lament like Job or Jeremiah,
echo the wounded hart, the mateless dove.
It may rejoice in spaciousness of meadow
that emulates the freedom of the sky.

Always it walks in waylessness, unknowing;
it has cast down forever from its hand
the compass of the whither and the why.

To live with the Spirit of God is to be a lover.
It is becoming love, and like to Him
toward Whom we strain with metaphors of creatures:
fire-sweep and water-rush and the wind’s whim.
The soul is all activity, all silence;
and though it surges Godward to its goal,
it holds, as moving earth holds sleeping noonday,
the peace that is the listening of the soul.

~ written by Jessica Powers, OCD. Posted on And with Your Spirit.