PENTECOST

 

Gather

We will start our time together in this Act of Worship with the sign of the cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Take some time to listen to the song below to repare for this time of prayer and think about how this could relatew to our theme of pentecost. Your teacher can stop the video whe they feel is necessary to do so.

Word

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?  Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

The Word of the Lord

Thanks Be to God

In Acts chapters 1-2, we learn that followers of Jesus were gathered in prayer in an upper room of Jerusalem, having recently seen Jesus depart and return to his Father in heaven. While the believers were gathered, the Holy Spirit came upon them with flames of fire and violent wind. Jesus had known that his followers could only fulfill this mission with the help and power of the Holy Spirit, so he had instructed them to wait in Jerusalem until they were given the Spirit.

Response

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On Pentecost Sunday we have two pictures of how the Holy Spirit of God comes upon his people. In Jerusalem, people of many different nations and languages gathered together for a huge party. A mighty wind and flames of fire came upon them, they were full of excitement and energy, and they found themselves caught up in a new manifestation of God’s power. The Church, of which we are a part, was born on this day. We need to take time to celebrate we are part of something big that God hasn’t finished with yet. Take some time in forms to think about what you celebrate about your local community today? Are there large community gatherings you remember going to that have stayed with you?

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The other picture is not about a large gathering, but is an upper room full of frightened and upset disciples after Jesus had died. Jesus appeared to them in their darkness, breathed on them, and said “receive the Holy Spirit.” It was a pastoral gift to those who needed it in the state they found themselves in, reviving, restoring and putting them right. Take some time to think about what part of life you need Jesus to breathe the Spirit into today and take time to ask him to do just that.

Mission

Think about the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Wisdom Understanding Right judgement Courage Knowledge Reverence Awe and wonder

Think this week about which one you might need the most for anything you have coming up. Take time to truly ask God to give you more of this gift this week. Your mission this week is to try and recognise the times when God has given you this gift this week.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a lovely half term. On Sunday, the Church celebrated the joyful feast of Pentecost! The Church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost fifty days after Easter Sunday. Pentecost Sunday ends the season of Easter and now we back in the season of Ordinary Time, a season that signifies that we are growing church and always aiming to evangelise and reach out to more people.

Today we are going to hear from Tom at The Briars who is going to read and reflect on the Gospel that was read during yesterday’s Mass.

Extra-Ordo-Nary 

 

Let us pray…

Monday celebrates the Solemnity of ‘Mary the Mother of the Church’. Mary, the mother of Jesus, has lots of titles and this is one of them.

In all of Mary’s actions she exemplifies the mission of the Church. She said yes to God’s will to give birth to Jesus and supported and displayed her faith in her son throughout his ministry. She was with him at every stage of his work on Earth and fully supported and followed his teachings.

With Mary, we can continue to walk in faith and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

Let us ask Mary to pray with us and for us as we say the Hail Mary…

Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!

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We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today we are turning back to an old favourite, the Bible Project! In this video they explore the story of Pentecost, delving deeper into it’s meaning and the background behind this incredibly important event. It also goes a little further and explores what happened after the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to spread God’s Word.

 

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Take a moment of silence to reflect. Close your eyes or focus on the image of the candle above.

Think about how it would feel to go from being scared and lonely in a room to being filled with courage, wisdom, knowledge and faith.

Is there a moment when you’ve felt filled with courage before? Perhaps before an exam, putting your hand up in lesson or performing a sport?

You may not have realised it at the time, but chances are that was the Holy Spirit, reminding you that you are not alone.

In the moments when we often least expect it, we can find God in the most unlikely of places. Today, try and look out for God working through others, seeing the Holy Spirit in action through your family and friends.

 

To end our time together this morning, let us pray the Glory Be.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week’s word of the week video has been filmed by some of The Becket School’s Chaplaincy Team, a big thanks to this week’s helpers! Let’s hear from some of the staff and students at The Becket about Pentecost and how we can use our words and actions to spread the Good News.

 

Lord we thank you 

In the story of the first Pentecost (Acts 2:1-8) the crowds of people hear the disciples speaking in their own languages. The coming of the Holy Spirit reminds us that we are all connected, even though we speak different languages, we are one global family. We thank God for his gift of worldwide community.

As a class see how many different languages you can say “thank you” in. Have a practice of saying ‘thank you’ in some different languages, you could thank the people around you, thank your class teacher, and say a thank you to God for all the things you are grateful for.

 

Let us pray…

We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our words and actions, just as the Holy Spirit guided the disciples many years ago. We are modern day disciples and it is our job to share the Good News today!

Lord, may we say “yes” to you so that the Spirit in our hearts will once again be set ablaze.

Spirit of Wisdom, guide our actions so they tell of God’s love.

Spirit of Truth, open our eyes to see the world as it really is.

Spirit of Power, enthuse us to work for justice throughout the world.

Spirit of Love, inspire us to respect the dignity of each person.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts.

Amen

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We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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