Monthly Archives: May 2015

In the Power of the Spirit

ORDINARY SKY

Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 7 June
The Second Sunday after Pentecost
Ordinary Time
Year B
Colour: Green

  “The Spirit quickens what might otherwise remain unmoved. What is ordinary gains a fuller dimension… It is the every-day recreated in an extraordinary way.” Gertrud Mueller Nelson (To Dance with God)

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 1 – 7 June 2015

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Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org:

1 Samuel 8:4-11. The elders of the people ask Samuel to appoint a king over them so they will be like the other nations.

Psalm 138. The psalm praises God as source of life and protection for the people.

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1. We pick up in the middle of Paul’s extended argument for the validity of his claim to authority among the Christians in Corinth. Here, Paul notes that the kind of suffering and physical challenges he faces are signs precisely of the death of Christ at work in him, that the life of Christ may be made known to them.

Mark 3:20-35. Jesus’ power has become so great (and wild!) that some begin to accuse him of casting out demons by the power of Satan. Even his family come to try to restrain him. Jesus names blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as the only unforgivable sin, and those who do the will of the Father as his mother, brothers, and sisters.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Our Father who is in heaven…  On Monday and Tuesday we focus on praising the Father.  Today: He is “transcendent” (high above all).

Confession: Ephesians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  This week let the Spirit of God examine your heart against the fruit of the Spirit.  Then, where is a lack, allow the Spirit to fill you with His life and grow His fruit.  Today’s focus: Love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Remember: Pray positively. Remember as you pray to picture the outcome of your prayers.  Visualise God’s response.  What “picture prayers” is He calling you to this week?   Focus: Your family…

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

            Dedication:  Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Our Father who is in heaven…  On Monday and Tuesday we focus on praising the Father.  Today: He is love…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Joy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your friends…

Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: On Wednesday and Thursday we focus on praising the Son.  Today: He is the revealer – “whoever has seen me has seen the Father”.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: Peace.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your life…

Personal prayers:

           Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: On Wednesday and Thursday we focus on praising the Son.  Today: He is the one who emptied himself even to die on a cross.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Patience.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus:  Your home/work environment…

Personal prayers:

           Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: On Friday and Saturday we focus on the Holy Spirit: Today: He is our comforter…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Kindness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Someone outside your normal circle of life…

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: On Friday and Saturday we focus on the Holy Spirit: Today: He is God in us!

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Goodness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: Your church…

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Today we worship Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Holy, Holy, Holy!

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: faithfulness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.  Today’s focus: A church not your own…

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me, break me, melt me, mould me; Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me.

 Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people.

Questions and prayers to explore the readings:

(Notes in italics are with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org.)

 1 Samuel 8:4-11. The elders of the people ask Samuel to appoint a king over them so they will be like the other nations.

What tensions do you see between earthly kings, rulers, presidents and our heavenly King?
As Christians can we pledge loyalty to an “earthly” ruler?
How does God reign in your life?

Prayer inspired by 1 Samuel 8:4-20

Unlike earthly kings,
you, O Lord, are ever steadfast and faithful.
You sent us your Son, Jesus the Christ,
to rule over us, not as a tyrant,
but as a gentle shepherd.
Keep us united and strong in faith,
that we may always know your presence in our lives,
and, when you call us home,
may we enter your heavenly kingdom
where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

~ from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers
© 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress.

 Psalm 138. The psalm praises God as source of life and protection for the people.

How aware are you that your life comes from God?
How can you grow in this awareness?
What might that mean for the way in which you live your life?ow

 A Prayer from Psalm 138

We gather to give thanks to You, O Lord,
with all our heart!
We will sing Your praises before all creation,
and rejoice in Your steadfast love!
You have created us O Lord, and made us for Yourself,
In You we become everything You have made us to be!

~ posted on Lectionary Sermons Worship Archive.
http://www.lectionarysermons.com/ARCH-W.html


2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
. We pick up in the middle of Paul’s extended argument for the validity of his claim to authority among the Christians in Corinth. Here, Paul notes that the kind of suffering and physical challenges he faces are signs precisely of the death of Christ at work in him, that the life of Christ may be made known to them.

How do you see yourself sharing in Christ’s sufferings?
How is this trust in, and an expression of, Christ’s life and resurrection?

Prayer (inspired by 2 Corinthians 4:13-14 and Mark 3:33-35)

Sisters and brothers of Christ, go into all the world!
Go forth with forgiveness and grace.
Go forth with compassion and love.
We go as Christ’s family
for all the world to see.

— Adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012,
© 2011 Abingdon Press by Mary Scifres.

 

Mark 3:20-35. Jesus’ power has become so great (and wild!) that some begin to accuse him of casting out demons by the power of Satan. Even his family come to try to restrain him. Jesus names blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as the only unforgivable sin, and those who do the will of the Father as his mother, brothers, and sisters.

How might we sin against the Holy Spirit?
How might this make us unforgivable?
Would sharing in the work of the Spirit make us ‘wild’?
How do we do the will of the Father?
How does this make us part of God’s family?

Prayer of Approach and Confession (inspired by Mark 3:20-35)

Heavenly Father, you call us like a good parent to you, to guide and protect us, to nourish and lead us.

Brother Jesus, you call us like a caring elder brother, to serve us and help us, to cheer us and invite us.

Healing Spirit, you call us and move us ever closer into fellowship with you and each other.

Yet like unruly children we strain at your guidance, we try to break away and do it ourselves. We feel our strength and imagine we are all powerful. We rejoice in our life and imagine ourselves to be immortal. We know our talents and want to be independent rather than depend on you. Before we know it we are in the grip of other powers, leading us away from your loving ways into the slavery of selfish greed, adoring false gods of youth-fullness, materialism and power.

Lord, forgive us and free us. Open our eyes how your wisdom knows true leadership to be service. Open our hearts that we may learn that neither race or tribe, culture or religion, are barriers to separate us but that we are all one family in your love.

So open our hearts and minds to learn again to live your love as we celebrate and worship you here together.

— written by Rev. Andrea Price, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/

Trinity Sunday

TRINITY

Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 31st May
Trinity Sunday 
Year B
Colour: White

“The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God, and yet not three Gods but one God.” (St Augustine)

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Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 25 -31 May 2015

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Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org:

Isaiah 6:1-8.  The temple furnishings come suddenly alive for Isaiah as he experiences the realities behind the symbols, living cherubim ascribing triple holiness to “Lord God of Hosts.” In that encounter, he hears himself claimed and called by the Holy, Holy, Holy One.

Psalm Response: Psalm 29. In a polytheistic world, this Hebrew temple song proclaimed that YHWH rules over all other gods in the heavens and on earth.

Romans 8:12-17.  If we have received the Spirit of God, we can and should live from the power of the Spirit, even — and especially — in the face of suffering.

John 3:1-17.  Jesus uses two different metaphors to help Nicodemus understand life in the kingdom of God — being born again by the Spirit and the story of the serpent in the wilderness.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

Confession: Psalm 139:23, 24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Use these verses to open the door of your heart to God’s searching and life-giving Spirit.  Repeat them each day allowing God to go deeper into your soul, remember he comes not to condemn but to save.  Today: Search my motives

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray this prayer each day.  Pray the prayer for yourself, for your church, for the churches surrounding you and for the church universal.  We need the Lord to place this desire to pray deep within our lives and the church.  Here is the prayer:  “Lord, help me to pray: to desire to pray, to delight to pray.  Make all my praying joyful with faith, joyful with hope, joyful with love, joyful with your own Spirit pleading with me, urgent with His (i.e. the Spirit’s) yearning behind my inattention, wise with His wisdom behind my dim-sightedness, burning with His fire behind my luke-warmth.  Joyful in the fellowship of the prayers of the saints and of your whole church, above, below; through Him who in heaven makes intercession continually, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Author unknown)

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

            Dedication:  Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. (Psalm 90:1)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my passions.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. (Psalm 89:1)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my actions.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.” (Psalm 87:7)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my habits.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. (Psalm 86:5)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my use of abilities, talents and gifts.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! (Psalm 84:1)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my devotion.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: …you alone are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:18)

Confession: See Monday’s focus.  Today: Search my heart of worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

 

 Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people.

Questions and prayers to explore readings: (Notes in italics are with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org.)

 Isaiah 6:1-8.  The temple furnishings come suddenly alive for Isaiah as he experiences the realities behind the symbols, living cherubim ascribing triple holiness to “Lord God of Hosts.” In that encounter, he hears himself claimed and called by the Holy, Holy, Holy One.

 How have you encountered God in His “temple”?   Are there any similarities between your encounter and Isaiah’s?

 Prayer
(inspired by Isaiah 6: 1-8)

O Holy God,
like Isaiah the prophet, we stand in awe of Your glory,
feeling tremendously small and polluted by our sin,
And the sin of our society.
Even so, You touch us with Your burning presence,
and we are made clean and whole.

O God, our Creator,
continue to build this household of faith into what You want us to be.
O Christ, our Saviour,
lead us to do as You will.
O Spirit, our Power,
strengthen us for the work of the Kingdom,
a worship and a service which is ours today as well as tomorrow.

O Blessed Trinity,
fill this place and these people with Your presence.
For yours is the Power, and the Salvation, and the Creation,
now and always. Amen.

~ posted on My Redeemer Lives website.
http://www.myredeemerlives.com/prayers.html

Psalm Response: Psalm 29. In a polytheistic world, this Hebrew temple song proclaimed that YHWH rules over all other gods in the heavens and on earth.

This psalm says we hear God’s voice on the seas.  How do you “hear God’s voice”?

Prayer
(based on Psalm 29)

The voice of our God and King is heard in blessing,
as it echoes in its majestic powers over all creation.
We come to worship our God, and to celebrate the
Mystery and Reality that is God’s everlasting glory.

The voice of God is heard in all creation – and it responds
with joy to the voice of its Creator, Sustainer and Renewer.
We come to worship our God, and to celebrate God’s
power and generosity towards all creation and all peoples.

We come to worship our God, and to celebrate the
way we are welcomed into God’s glorious presence.
The voice of our Holy God is heard in the sacred
spaces, and God’s grace is received as we worship. Amen.

— written by Joan Stott, on the Geelong City Parish UCA website.
If used in shared worship, please provide an acknowledgement as follows: © 2011 Joan Stott – “The Timeless Psalms” RCL Psalm Year A, used with permission.

Romans 8:12-17.  If we have received the Spirit of God, we can and should live from the power of the Spirit, even — and especially — in the face of suffering.

Try to find the different ways in which God’s Spirit help us live the life God calls us to in this passage.

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit… Romans 8:16

“We do not know how to pray as we ought.”

“The Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.”

Holy God,
take our poor attempts to pray
and mix them with your immeasurable love.
Remodel them and lift them up
into your eternal
bosom.

written by Anne Osdieck, and posted on The Sunday Website of Saint Louis University. http://liturgy.slu.edu/

 

John 3:1-17.  Jesus uses two different metaphors to help Nicodemus understand life in the kingdom of God — being born again by the Spirit and the story of the serpent in the wilderness.

This call to live requires a re-birth.  Are you prepared to cross that line?
What draws you? What makes you hesitate?


Prayer: Blow, Wind of God

(inspired by John 3:1-17)

Blow, wind of God,
Blow away the tight rules that hold me back from trusting, risking, loving
Blow away my sin that stands in the way of encountering my neighbours
Ready me for birth
Prepare me for risk
Equip me with courage and vision for the new thing that waits around the corner
We cannot choose the stories we have inherited-
But we can choose the stories that we become.
Amen

— written by Eileen Klassen Hamm (second line by Dori Zerbe Kornelson).
Posted on the website of the Superb Mennonite Church.http://www.superbmennonite.org/

 

Pentecost

flames of pentecost

Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 24th May 2015
Day of Pentecost
Year B
Colour: Red

Pentecost marks an end and the beginning – the end of the Easter season and the beginning of ministry in full! The waiting is over and the disciples are filled with power from ‘above’ and there is much to celebrate! Red is the colour of fire!

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 18 -24 May 2015

DOWNLOAD THE DEVOTIONAL DIARY AND COMMENTS AS A PDF HERE.

Readings for this week, with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org: 24 May Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-21. The Holy Spirit falls upon the 120 gathered in a room in Jerusalem, and they proclaim the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the languages of all the people gathered in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost.

Psalm Response: Psalm 104:24-34, 35 b.  God’s sustenance for all creation.

Romans 8:22-27. All creation has been waiting for us who have the first fruits of the Spirit, the same Spirit who helps us pray when all we have may be sighs and groans.

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15. Jesus teaches what the Spirit will do: teach, reveal truth and falsehood, sin and righteousness, and continue to lead the followers of Jesus into all truth.

This week we are waiting with the disciples: Pentecost is coming!

Monday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord has made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness to the nations.  (Psalm 98:2)

Confession: To forgive is to be forgiven; to be forgiven is to be restored to life.  C.E.Simcox “Living the Creed” This week in our confessions we focus on being restored to life.  You are invited to reflect on any areas in your life that are robbing you of life: anything that you may be holding on to that you need to let go of.  Each day of the week you will be asked to focus on a period of your life, bringing that before God, praying for the gift of being able to forgive and find release.   Today: Your early years.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  “I ask for your prayers for the peace of the world, for the rulers of all the nations…”  (Our intercessions this week are taken from the Methodist Service Book.)

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication:  Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. (Psalm 97:1)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: Your School life: Primary school.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for government in accordance with God’s holy will, and for a just and proper use of the natural resources of the world.”

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Splendour and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary. (Psalm 96:6)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: Your School life: High School.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the concerns and activities of your congregation and of your neighbourhood.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. (Psalm 95:6)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: A time when a special relationship went wrong.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. (Psalm 94:22)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: Your working life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  “I ask for your prayers for all in sorrow, need, anxiety or sickness.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty. (Psalm 93:1)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: A time when you were deeply hurt.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the neglected, the persecuted and the lonely.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: It is good to praise the Lord… to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night. (Psalm 92:2)

Confession: See Monday.  Today: A recent bruising moment.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for those in any need or trouble.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our work is Christ’s love translated into tangible form.

Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people.

 

Questions and prayers to explore readings:
(Notes in italics are with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org.)

Acts 2:1-21. The Holy Spirit falls upon the 120 gathered in a room in Jerusalem, and they proclaim the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the languages of all the people gathered in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost.

Why is this event declared in many languages?
Where else in the Bible do we read of flames?
What do flames symbolise?

Prayer (inspired by the events of Acts 2:1-13)

God of wind and flame,
blow into our lives.
Ignite the fire of hope, fan the flames of possibility.
Transform us into a people who share your love with a world in pain,
a people who proclaim your hope into a world given to despair,
a people who live as though the world can be changed
into the kingdom that is to come.

God of Pentecost,
God who speaks with many tongues,
God who makes God-self known in many ways,
fill us with Your Spirit this and every morning,
hear the prayers we share using many different languages,
we pray in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the one we call Christ, whose life,
death and resurrection show us the path to the Kingdom.

We pray as people of the Spirit,
who lights our fires, who fills our lungs with air,
who blows us out into the world to live and serve.

Amen. (Shortened)

~ written by Rev. Gord Waldie and posted on Worship Offerings.
http://worshipofferings.blogspot.ca/

 

Litany for Pentecost

God, your spirit fell like tongues of fire.
It filled those that were empty,
It empowered those that were weary.
God, your spirit fell like tongues of fire.
It brought together those that were divided,
It reassured those who were afraid.
God, your spirit fell like tongues of fire.
By its power we can walk together as one,
By its power we can find strength to share.
God, your spirit fell like tongues of fire.
By its power we can find freedom in loving each other,
By its power we can find life in you. 

~ part of a longer litany used at the Mustard Seed House.  Posted on Godspace.
http://godspace-msa.com/2009/05/19/a-prayer-for-pentecost/

 

Psalm Response: Psalm 104:24-34, 35 b.  God’s sustenance for all creation.

How do you think God is sustaining this world’s life right now?  Your life?


Romans 8:22-27
.
All creation has been waiting for us who have the first fruits of the Spirit, the same Spirit who helps us pray when all we have may be sighs and groans.

How does the Spirit help you pray?

Call to Worship

When we feel alone, when we feel rejected
Come, Holy Spirit, Come!
When we feel drained and dried up, and we can’t give any more,
Come, Holy Spirit, Come!
When we are unsure of how to move or where to go or what to do,
Come, Holy Spirit, Come!
Come, Holy Spirit, revive us, move in us,
and encourage us on the journey of faith.
Come, Holy Spirit, Come! Amen!

~ written by Rev. Mindi, and posted on Rev-o-lution.
http://rev-o-lution.org/2013/05/10/worship-resources-for-may-19th-pentecost/

 

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15. Jesus teaches what the Spirit will do: teach, reveal truth and falsehood, sin and righteousness, and continue to lead the followers of Jesus into all truth.

 

It is said that the Spirit points to Jesus.  How is this shown in this passage?

 

Pentecost Blessing (inspired by John’s Gospel)

May the advocate, God’s Holy Spirit,
sent in Christ’s name,
teach you and remind you of Christ’s words. (Shortened)

~ written by Howard Carter, and posted on How in the World.
http://howard-carter.blogspot.ca/