Pentecost Sunday 31 May

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Topic: Pentecost Sunday 31 May Holy Communion

Time: May 31, 2020 10:50 AM Dublin


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Killiskey Parish

Sunday 31st May 2020 @ 11.00am

Pentecost Sunday

The Gathering of God’s People

GREETING Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.    Romans 5: 5 Opening Hymn: CH305 “O Breath of life, come sweeping through us”   O Breath of life, come sweeping through us, revive your Church with life and power. O Breath of life, come, cleanse, renew us, and fit your Church to meet this hour.

O Wind of God, come bend us, break us, till humbly we confess our need; then in your tenderness remake us, revive, restore, for this we plead.

O Breath of love, come breathe within us, renewing thought and will and heart; come, love of Christ, afresh to win us, revive your Church in every part.

Revive us, Lord! Is zeal abating  while harvest fields are vast and white? Revive us, Lord, the world is waiting, equip your church to spread the light.
Elizabeth (Betty) A.P.Head (1850-1936)

INTRODUCTION Jesus Christ, whom we worship, is our crucified, risen and ascended Lord and we have walked with him through his journey of love. We have faced the agony of his suffering and death on a cross. We have rejoiced at his bursting free from the bonds of death. We have enjoyed his risen presence with us and his revelation of himself through the breaking of bread. We have seen his return to the throne before which every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that this Jesus is Lord. And now, with the followers of his own time, we await the coming of the promised Holy Spirit, his gift to his people, through whom we make Christ known to the world.
RESPONSORY As we wait in silence, fill us with your Spirit.

As we listen to your word, fill us with your Spirit.

As we worship you in majesty, fill us with your Spirit.

As we long for your refreshing, fill us with your Spirit.

As we long for your renewing, fill us with your Spirit.

As we long for your equipping, fill us with your Spirit.

As we long for your empowering, fill us with your Spirit.

Silence is kept.

PENITENCE Great and wonderful are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

You are the King of glory, O Christ. Christ, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.

Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire. Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

THE COLLECT Almighty God, who on the day of Pentecost sent your Holy Spirit to the apostles with the wind from heaven and in tongues of flame, filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel: By the power of the same Spirit strengthen us to witness to your truth and to draw everyone to the fire of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ministry of the Word

The 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.”

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Psalm: Psalm 104: 26-36, 37b 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  Bless the Lord, O my soul.       Alleluia.

Glory 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.

The Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and 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 baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Gradual Hymn: CH386 “Spirit of God, unseen as the wind” Spirit of God, unseen as the wind, gentle as is the dove; teach us the truth and help us believe, show us the Saviour’s love.

You spoke to us long, long ago, gave us the written word; we read it still, needing its truth, through it God’s voice is heard.

Without Your help we fail our Lord, we cannot live His way; we need your power, we need your strength, following Christ each day.
Margaret Old (b. 1932) based on Acts 2: 2

The Gospel Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.

The Gospel: John 20: 19-23 Hear the Gospel of our Saviour Christ, according to St John chapter 20 beginning at verse 19 Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.

When it was evening on that day, 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.’

This is the Gospel of the risen Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


THE NICENE CREED We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

INTERCESSIONS We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God, we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit. We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better. Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit. We ask you to make us wise to understand your will. Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit. We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us. Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit. We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit. We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us. Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit. We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus. Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit, given us by the risen Lord. We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed, in the joy of eternal life. Lord, come to bless us and fill us with your Spirit.

Generous God, you sent your Holy Spirit upon your Messiah at the river Jordan, and upon the disciples in the upper room: in your mercy fill us with your Spirit, hear our prayer, and make us one in heart and mind to serve you with joy for ever. Amen.

PEACE  The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace. If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5: 22
The peace of the risen Lord be always with you and also with you.

Offertory Hymn: CH307 “Our great Redeemer, as he breathed” Our great Redeemer, as he breathed his tender last farewell, a guide, a Comforter, bequeathed with us to dwell.

He came in tongues of living flame to teach, convince, subdue; unseen as rushing wind he came – as powerful too.

He comes his influence to impart – a gracious, willing guest; when he can find one humble heart where he may rest.

And every virtue we possess, and every victory won, and every thought of holiness are his alone.

Spirit of purity and grace, our weakness, pitying see, and make our hearts thy dwelling place and worthier thee.
Harriet Auber (1773-1862) altd.

Celebrating at the Lord’s Table

AT THE PREPARATION OF THE TABLE Father, by your Holy Spirit you keep the Church in unity and truth. As we break bread together, may we be one with Christ in faith and hope and love, now and for ever. Amen.

THE TAKING OF THE BREAD AND WINE Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us therefore let us celebrate the feast.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING  – Prayer 2   The Lord is here. His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

All glory and honour, thanks and praise be given to you at all times and in all places, Lord, holy Father, true and living God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For he is your eternal Word through whom you have created all things from the beginning and formed us in your own image.

In your great love you gave him to be made man for us and to share our common life.

In obedience to your will your Son our Saviour offered himself as a perfect sacrifice, and died on the cross for our redemption.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin and reconciled us to yourself, our God and Father.

He is our great high priest whom you raised from death and exalted to your right hand on high where he ever lives to intercede for us.

Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit and made us a royal priesthood called to serve you for ever.

By the same Spirit we are led into all truth and given power to proclaim with boldness the glorious gospel to all the world.

Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Merciful Father, we thank you for these gifts of your creation, this bread and this wine, and we pray that we who eat and drink them in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in obedience to our Saviour Christ in remembrance of his death and passion may be partakers of his body and his blood, who on the night he was betrayed took bread; and when he had given you thanks he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,  Take, eat. This is my body which is given for you; Do this in remembrance of me.

After supper, he took the cup, and again giving you thanks he gave it to his disciples, saying, Drink from this, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Father, with this bread and this cup, we do as our Saviour has commanded: we celebrate the redemption he has won for us; we proclaim his perfect sacrifice, made once for all upon the cross, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; and we look for his coming to fulfil all things according to your will. Christ has died;  Christ is risen;  Christ will come again.

Renew us by your Holy Spirit, unite us in the body of your Son, and bring us with all your people into the joy of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, with whom and in whom, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of never-ending praise: Blessing and honour and glory and power are yours for ever and ever.  Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD The bread which we break  is a sharing in the body of Christ. We being many are one body, for we all share in the one bread.


When the minister has received communion, all keep silence for reflection.

The minister says Let us continue to reflect together.

Jesus is the bread of life. Whoever comes to him will never go hungry. Whoever believes in him will never be thirsty.       cf. John 6: 35

Jesus is the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live for ever.      cf. John 6: 51

Jesus was alive and rose again through the will of his Father. Those who feed on Jesus will live because of him and he will raise them up on the last day.      cf. John 6: 57, 40

Going Out as God’s People

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 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.

Benediction Hymn: CH639 “O thou who camest from above” O thou who camest from above, the pure celestial fire to impart, kindle a flame of sacred love on the mean altar of my heart.

There let it for thy glory burn with inextinguishable blaze, and trembling to its source return in humble prayer and fervent praise.

Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire to work, and think, and speak for thee; still let me guard the holy fire, and still stir up the gift in me.

Still let me prove thy perfect will, my acts of faith and love repeat; till death thy endless mercies seal, and make the sacrifice complete.
Charles Wesley (1707-88)

DISMISSAL  May the Spirit, who hovered over the waters when the world was created, breathe into you the life he gives. Amen.

 May the Spirit, who overshadowed the Virgin when the eternal Son came among us, make you joyful in the service of the Lord. Amen.

May the Spirit, who set the Church on fire upon the Day of Pentecost, bring the world alive with the love of the risen Christ. Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

Filled with the Spirit’s power, go in the light and peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia. Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.