We might be distant from each other physically, but we needn't be spiritually - and we certainly need not be distant from God...
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SUNDAY 31 MAY
Opening Prayer (song)
By Revd Bryn Rickards
Time of Praise
A praise song we've been enjoying in Junior Church...
Or, if traditional's more your thing...
A modern classic we all know...
The next in a series of 'newer songs' we're learning...
Prayer of Waiting
JOHN 7:37-39 & 20:19-23
On the last and most important day of the festival Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “Whoever is thirsty should come to me, and whoever believes in me should drink. As the scripture says, ‘Streams of life-giving water will pour out from his side.’” Jesus said this about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were going to receive. At that time the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not been raised to glory.
It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
ACTS 1:3-8 & 2:1-21
For forty days after his death he appeared to them many times in ways that proved beyond doubt that he was alive. They saw him, and he talked with them about the Kingdom of God. And when they came together, he gave them this order: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about, the gift my Father promised. John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
When the apostles met together with Jesus, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time give the Kingdom back to Israel?”
Jesus said to them, “The times and occasions are set by my Father's own authority, and it is not for you to know when they will be. But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world. When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages. In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, “These people who are talking like this are Galileans! How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages? We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia, from Phrygia and Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene. Some of us are from Rome, both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism, and some of us are from Crete and Arabia—yet all of us hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has done!” Amazed and confused, they kept asking each other, “What does this mean?”
But others made fun of the believers, saying, “These people are drunk!”
Then Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles and in a loud voice began to speak to the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, listen to me and let me tell you what this means. These people are not drunk, as you suppose; it is only nine o'clock in the morning. Instead, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about:
‘This is what I will do in the last days, God says:
I will pour out my Spirit on everyone.
Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message;
your young men will see visions,
and your old men will have dreams.
Yes, even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will proclaim my message.
I will perform miracles in the sky above
and wonders on the earth below.
There will be blood, fire, and thick smoke;
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will turn red as blood,
before the great and glorious Day of the Lord comes.
And then, whoever calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.’
Exploring the Word...
Today, there are five different ways to listen and respond to what God is saying through the Scriptures above.
Choose the icon which appeals to you...
Meditate on Images
An audiovisual perspective
Unleash the poet in you
Listen to a Reflection
Share in a Discussion
(Live at 10:55am)
Let your imagination lead
How might what you've been exploring in the scriptures shape your thoughts and yearnings?
What's on your heart? For the church, for our community, for the world?
Let's offer up our prayers to God...
Write a prayer - however short or long - in one of the boxes below, so that we can all pray together.
Before and after you do this, refresh the page, so that you can see what others have written and pray accordingly.
(Logisitics: If there are already 9 prayers in a box, start another one!)
Sing about the Fire!
A great Wesley hymn...
Or, a song written for Spring Harvest's All Age programme this year. Making 'appearances' in the video alongside the first disciples are: Celtic Christians, Francis of Assisi, Harriet Tubman & John Newton, Corrie Ten Boom and Desmond Tutu! Through the centuries God's Spirit has been glowing...
Show & Tell...
Let's get together and show and tell what we've discovered during today's worship...
Live from 11:30am (today, we'll end by blessing each other with 'the grace')
Or, if you can't join us on Zoom, leave a comment here to tell us how God spoke to you...