The Day of Pentecost

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful;  and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Gathering Hymn        

Almighty God

Verse 1
Almighty God to You all hearts are open
Search and know our thoughts and anxious fears
Wash us in the fountain of Your mercy
Come with Your light we cannot hide from You

Verse 2
Almighty God to You all hearts are open
With gratitude we raise our song to You
Come and fill the praises of Your people
In grace and truth You make us new again

Chorus
Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah

Verse 3
Almighty God to You all hearts are open
We long for more than what this world provides
No shallow spring will ever satisfy us
But Your river deep floods over everything

Chorus
Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah

Gathering Prayer 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. 
And also with you. 

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.   

The Collect

Almighty and everliving 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, keep us in the unity of your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

The First Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14

37 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

The Second Reading: Acts 2:1-21

2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’ 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘“In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Hymn

Firm Foundation

Verse 1
Christ is my firm foundation
The rock on which I stand
When everything around me is shaken
I've never been more glad
That I put my faith in Jesus
He's never let me down
He's faithful through generations
So why would He fail now, He won't 

Verse 2
I've still got joy in chaos
I've got peace that makes no sense
So I won't be going under
I'm not held by my own strength
I've built my life on Jesus
He's never let me down
He's faithful in every season
So why would He fail now

Chorus 2
He won't He won't
He won't fail
He won't fail  

Verse 3
Christ is my firm foundation
The rock on which I stand
When everything around me is shaken
I've never been more glad
That I put my faith in Jesus
He's never let me down
He's faithful through generations
So why would He fail now, He won't 

Final Chorus
He won't He won't
He won't fail
He won't fail

Gospel Reading: John 15:26-27, 16:4-15

The Lord be with you
And with thy spirit
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to JOHN
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ 

26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.

7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

The Gospel of Christ
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Liturgy of Holy Baptism 

† The Presentation

After all have been presented and the parents and sponsors have been addressed, the priest addresses the congregation, saying,

Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?
We will.

The Prayers of the People 

Come Holy Spirit:
Holy Spirit, come!

at the prayers conclusion

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The leader concludes,

Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptised into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory: who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving over the Water

The Lord be with you. 
And also with you.

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

We give you thanks, almighty God and Father, For by the gift of water you nourish and sustain All living things.
Blessed be God for ever.

We give you thanks that through the waters of the Red Sea, you led your people out of slavery to freedom in the promised land.
Blessed be God for ever.

We give you thanks for sending your Son Jesus. For us he was baptised by John in the river Jordan. For us he was anointed as Christ by your Holy Spirit. For us he suffered the baptism of his own death and resurrection, setting us free from the bondage of sin and death, and opening to us the joy and freedom of everlasting life.
Blessed be God for ever.

We give you thanks for your Holy Spirit who teaches us and leads us into all truth, filling us with his gifts so that we might proclaim the gospel to all nations and serve you as a royal priesthood.
Blessed be God for ever.

We give you thanks for you have called Brandon & Donovan to newlife through the waters of baptism. Now sanctify this water, that your servants who are washed in it may be made one with Christ in his death and resurrection, to be cleansed and delivered from all sin. Anoint them with your Holy Spirit and bring them to new birth in the family of your Church, that they may become inheritors of your glorious kingdom.

We give you praise and honour and worship through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
Blessed are you, our strength and song, and our Salvation.

† The Baptismal Covenant

Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God,the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son Of God?
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
I believe in God the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
 
Will you continue in the apostle’s teaching and 
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you persevere in resisting evil and,
Whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to
the Lord?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you proclaim by word and example the
Good news of God in Christ?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons,loving your neighbour as yourself?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you strive for justice and peace among all  people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth?
I will, with God’s help.

† The Baptism

The candidate is presented by name to the priest, who pours water upon, the candidates in the full sight of the congregation, then prays over the newly baptised:

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them inquiring and discerning hearts, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.

The Giving of the Light

A lighted candle is presented,

Receive the light of Christ, to show that you have passed from darkness to light.

Then all of the newly baptised have received candles, the people say,

Let your light so shine before others that they may see your goods works and glorify your Father in heaven. Amen 

Let us welcome the newly baptised. We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, Proclaim his resurrection, And share with us in his eternal priesthood.

 

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Offertory Hymn

Come Thou Fount

Verse 1 
Come, thou fount of every blessing, 
tune my heart to sing thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, 
call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet, 
sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it, 
mount of thy redeeming love.

Verse 2 
Here I raise my Ebenezer, 
here by thy great help I’ve come
And I hope, by thy good pleasure, 
safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger, 
wandering from the fold of God
He to rescue me from danger, 
interposed his precious blood.

Verse 3 
O to grace how great a debtor, 
daily I’m constrained to be
Let thy goodness now, like a fetter, 
bind my wandering heart to thee
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, 
prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, O, take and seal it, 
seal it for thy courts above.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Giver of life, receive all we offer you this day. Let the Spirit you bestow on your Church continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

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.

…Now with all creation we raise our voices
to proclaim the glory of your name.

Holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, 
hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes
who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, 
hosanna in the highest.

...All glory and honour are yours, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit in the holy Church, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

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

Lord, we died with you on the cross.
Now we are raised to new life.

We were buried in your tomb.
Now we share in your resurrection.

Live in us, that we may live in you.

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Congregation is invited to the Lord’s Table to receive the bread and the wine.

The Gifts of God for the People of God
Thanks be to God

Communion Hymn

Tethered to the Cross

Verse 1
Tho winds of change blow bitter
I will not fear the winter
My faith won't bend or wither
I'm tethered to the cross

Verse 2
Should wanderlust entice me
His compass true will guide me
Back where his love will hide me
I'm tethered to the cross

Chorus 
Here and now and age to age
My grateful song will be the same
Thank you thank you I've been saved
I'm tethered to the cross

Verse 3
When troubles roll like breakers
So full of dread and dangers
My victory's in the Saviour
I'm tethered to the cross

Verse 4
Tomorrow looms uncertain
With untold joy and burdens
I'll walk with strength and fervour
I'm tethered to the cross

Chorus 
Here and now and age to age
My grateful song will be the same
Thank you thank you I've been saved
I'm tethered to the cross

Verse 5
When through the valley's shadowed
I fight my final battle
I'll rise in Christ unshackled
Tethered to the cross

Final Chorus 
Hallelujah oh my soul
He will not ever let me go
Hell may rage but it will hold
I'm tethered to the cross

Prayer after Communion

Father, may we who have received this eucharist live in the unity of your Holy Spirit, that we may show forth his gifts to all the World. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Be Thou My Vision

Verse 1
Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart 
Not be all else to me, save that thou art 
Thou my best thought by day or by night 
Waking or sleeping, thy presence, my light 

Verse 2 
Riches I heed not, nor mans empty praise 
Thou my inheritance, now and always 
Thou and Thou only are first in my heart 
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art 

Verse 3 
Great God of heaven thy victory won 
May I reach heavens joy, O bright heavens sun 
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall 
Still be my vision, O ruler of all

The Blessing

The peace of God which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his son Jesus Christ the Lord. And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you  and remain with you always. Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Alleluia! 

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