Parish of Greater Whitbourne Holy Communion Pentecost – 5th June 2022

The Gathering

1st Hymn AMNS 156 Come down O love divine

 

1. Come down, O Love divine,

seek thou this soul of mine,

and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;

O Comforter, draw near,

within my heart appear,

and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

 

2. O let it freely burn,

till earthly passions turn

to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;

and let thy glorious light

shine ever on my sight,

and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

 

3. Let holy charity

mine outward vesture be,

and lowliness become mine inner clothing:

true lowliness of heart,

which takes the humbler part,

and o'er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

 

4. And so the yearning strong,

with which the soul will long,

shall far outpass the power of human telling;

for none can guess its grace,

till he become the place

wherein the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.

 

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Greeting

 

Grace, mercy and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

 

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

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.

The Pentecost Reading

 

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (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 their native language. 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 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 upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

 

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

Confession

 

Be with us, Spirit of God;

nothing can separate us from your love.

 

Breathe on us, breath of God;
fill us with your saving power.

Speak in us, wisdom of God;

bring strength, healing, and peace.

The Gloria

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his 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

The president introduces a period of silent prayer

 

Let us pray that the Spirit will work through our lives

to bring Christ to the world.

 

Silence is kept.

 

God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

The Liturgy of the Word - Genesis 11:1-9

 

A reading from the book of Genesis.

 

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they

migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and

settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and

burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.

 

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top

in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be

scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” The LORD came down

to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the LORD said,

“Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only

the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Canticle (Ezekiel 36.24-26,28b) 

 

The Spirit of God fills the whole world. Alleluia.

 

I will take you from the nations,
and gather you from all the countries.

 

I will sprinkle clean water upon you,
and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses.

 

A new heart I will give you,
and put a new spirit within you,

And I will remove from your body the heart of stone
and give you a heart of flesh.

 

You shall be my people,
and I will be your God.

 

The Spirit of God fills the whole world. Alleluia.

2nd Hymn AMNS 356 Father, Lord of all creation

 

1. Father, Lord of all Creation,
Ground of Being, Life and Love;
height and depth beyond description
only life in you can prove:
you are mortal life’s dependence:
thought, speech, sight are ours by grace;
yours is every hour’s existence,
sovereign Lord of time and space.

 

2. Jesus Christ, the Man for Others,
we, your people, make our prayer:
give us grace to love as brothers  ͜
all whose burdens we can share.
Where your name binds us together
you, Lord Christ, will surely be;
where no selfishness can sever
there your love may all men see.

 

3. Holy Spirit, rushing, burning  ͜
wind and flame of Pentecost,
fire our hearts afresh with yearning  ͜
to regain what we have lost.
May your love unite our action,
nevermore to speak alone:
God, in us abolish faction,
God, through us your love make known.

Gospel Reading  (Short or long reading)
John 14:8-17 [25-27]

 

Alleluia, alleluia.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people

and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Alleluia.

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still

do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you

say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and

the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own;

but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the

Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because

of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me

will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these,

because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name,

so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for

anything, I will do it. If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you

for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it

neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you,

and he will be in you. [I have said these things to you while I am still with you.

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will

teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace

I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world

gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”]

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The 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 from the Holy Spirit and 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.

Prayers of Intercession

 

At the end

 

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.

 

Prayers of Penitence may be added at this point.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

 

God has made us one in Christ.

He has set his seal upon us and,

as a pledge of what is to come,

has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts. Alleluia.

                                                                

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

 

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Preparation of the Table

Taking of the Bread and Wine

3rd Hymn AMNS 471 Holy Spirit come confirm us

 

1. Holy Spirit, come, confirm us_

in the truth that Christ makes known;

we have faith and understanding

through your helping gifts alone.

 

2. Holy Spirit, come, console us,

come as Advocate to plead,

loving Spirit from the Father,

grant in Christ the help we need.

 

3. Holy Spirit, come, renew us,

come yourself to make us live,

holy through your loving presence,

holy through the gifts you give.

 

4. Holy Spirit, come, possess us,

you the love of Three in One,

Holy Spirit of the Father,

Holy Spirit of the Son.

 

Blessed be God, who feeds the hungry,

who raises the poor, who fills our praise.

Blessed be God for ever.

The Eucharistic Prayer

 

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 thanks and praise.

 

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

holy Father, almighty and everlasting God,

through Jesus Christ, your only Son our Lord.

This day we give you thanks

because in fulfilment of your promise

you pour out your Spirit upon us,

filling us with your gifts, leading us into all truth,

and uniting peoples of many tongues
in the confession of one faith.

Your Spirit gives us grace to call you Father,

to proclaim your gospel to all nations

and to serve you as a royal priesthood.

Therefore we join our voices with angels and archangels,

and with all those in whom the Spirit dwells,

to proclaim the glory of your name,

for ever praising you and singing:

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

We praise and bless you, loving Father,

through Jesus Christ, our Lord;

and as we obey his command,

send your Holy Spirit,

that broken bread and wine outpoured

may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night he was betrayed he had supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he praised you.

He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

                         

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.

Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:

Drink 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.

 

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,

in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.

                           

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,

we proclaim his death and resurrection

until he comes in glory.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

Dying you destroyed our death,

rising you restored our life:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

 

Lord of all life,

help us to work together for that day

when your kingdom comes

and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

 

Look with favour on your people,

gather us in your loving arms

and bring us with all the saints

to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Being made one by the power of the Spirit,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

 

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.

Breaking of the Bread

 

We break this bread

to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.

 

Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.

 

Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.

 

Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

 

Alleluia. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

 

Most merciful Lord,

your love compels us to come in.

Our hands were unclean,

our hearts were unprepared;

we were not fit

even to eat the crumbs from under your table.

But you, Lord, are the God of our salvation,

and share your bread with sinners.

So cleanse and feed us

with the precious body and blood of your Son,

that he may live in us and we in him;

and that we, with the whole company of Christ,

may sit and eat in your kingdom.

Amen.

 

The people receive communion

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

The Dismissal

Blessing of Light

 

The ministers go to the Easter Candle.

 

Blessed are you, sovereign God, overflowing in love.

With Pentecost dawns the age of the Spirit.

Now the flame of heaven rests on every believer.

Strong and weak, women and men tell out your word;

the young receive visions, the old receive dreams.

With the new wine of the Spirit

they proclaim your reign of love.

Amid the birth pangs of the new creation

the way of light is made known.

Source of freedom, giver of life,

blessed are you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.

 

Each member of the congregation has a candle which is lit.

Commission

 

When all the candles are lit the president says

 

For fifty days we have celebrated the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over the powers of sin and death.We have proclaimed God’s mighty acts and we have prayed that the power that was at work when God raised Jesus from the dead might be at work in us.

As part of God’s Church here in Whitbourne, I call upon you to live out what you proclaim.

 

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, will you dare to walk into God’s future, trusting him to be your guide?

By the Spirit’s power, we will.

 

Will you dare to embrace each other and grow together in love? 
We will.

 

Will you dare to share your riches in common and minister to each other in need? 

We will.

 

Will you dare to pray for each other until your hearts beat with the longings of God? 

We will.

 

Will you dare to carry the light of Christ into the world’s dark places? 

We will.

 

The Easter Candle may be extinguished in silence.

Conclusion

 

The president says

 

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

 

Today we have remembered the coming of God’s power on the disciples and we invite that same Spirit to drive us out into the wild places of the world.

Weather permitting, the ministers and people process out of church, or to the back of the church.

4th Hymn – AMNS 444 Christians, lift up your hearts

 

1. Christians, lift up your hearts,

and make this a day of rejoicing ;

God is our strength and song;

glory and praise to his name!

 

2. Praise for the Spirit of God,

who came to the waiting disciples;

there in the wind and the fire

God gave new life to his own:

 

3. God's mighty power was revealed

when those who once were so fearful

now could be seen by the world

witnessing bravely for Christ:

 

*4. Praise that his love overflowed

in the hearts of all who received him,

joining together in peace

those once divided by sin:

 

*5. Strengthened by God's mighty power

the disciples went out to all nations,

preaching the gospel of Christ,

laughing at danger and death:

 

6. Come, Holy Spirit, to us,

who live by your presence within us,

come to direct our course,

give us your life and your power:

 

7. Spirit of God, send us out

to live to your praise and your glory;

yours is the power and the might,

ours be the courage and faith:

 

Christians, lift up your hearts,

and make this a day of rejoicing,

God is our strength and song;

glory and praise to his name!

 

The president blesses the people, saying

 

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 among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

A minister says

 

Filled with the Spirit’s power,

go in the light and peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

-oOo-

 

Brief Notices. Full notices on-line at http://whitbourne.org.uk/files/WeeklyNotices.pdf

 

SUNDAY 5th June “Pentecost”, Whit Sunday:
3.30pm Belmont Abbey Prayer Service for Ukraine (see the June mag p5)

Tuesday 7th 9am: Morning Prayer from home by Zoom.

Wednesday 8th 9.30am Morning Prayer from home by Zoom.

Thursday 9th 7.30pm: The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage (see the June mag p10)

Sunday 12th June (Trinity Sunday) 9.30am Holy Communion at Whitbourne;
11am Holy Communion at Upper Sapey.