Pentecost Service 31st May 2020

Holy Communion

for Pentecost








Grace mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

and also with you


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.


As we wait in silence

All:  fill us with your Spirit


As we listen to your word

All:  fill us with your Spirit


As we worship you in majesty

All:  fill us with your Spirit


As we long for your refreshing

 All:  fill us with your Spirit


As we long for your renewing

All:  fill us with your Spirit


As we long for your equipping

All:  fill us with your Spirit


As we long for your empowering

 All:  fill us with your Spirit


Silence is kept




St Paul says 'Be imitators of God;
love as Christ loved;
do not grieve the Holy Spirit;
put away all anger and bitterness,
all slander and malice.'
So let us confess our sins to God
who forgives us in Christ.

cf Ephesians 4.30 - 5.1

and there follows a time for silent reflection on our lives before GodThen we share in this confession,


         Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness    

         and cleanse me from my sin.    

    Lord, have mercy.

    Lord, have mercy


         Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

    Christ, have mercy.

    Christ, have mercy


Cast me not away from your presence and take not your holy spirit from me.    

    Lord, have mercy.

    Lord, have mercy




The president announces God’s forgiveness.


Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


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.  A special prayer of the day is said


Holy Spirit sent by the Father

ignite in us your holy fire

strengthen your children with the gift of faith

revive your church with the breath of love

and renew the face of the earth

through Jesus Christ our Lord 



The Ministry of the Word


A Reading from Acts 2.1-21


This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


The Gospel Reading


Alleluia, alleluia.

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

and kindle in them the fire of your love.



Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ

according to John.   – John 20.19-23

Glory to you, O Lord 

 At the end 


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

The Sermon


The Creed


Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?
I believe in Jesus Christ,             

his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
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,
he is seated at the right hand

of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living

and the dead.


Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


Prayers of Intercession


We SIT to pray.

These responses may be used 


Lord Come to bless us

and fill us with your Spirit


And at the end

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


The Peace


We STAND. The president introduces the Peace saying e.g.


The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace:

and then says


The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.


A minister says


Let us offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.


Wise and gracious God,

you spread a table before us;

nourish your people with the word of life

and the bread of heaven. Amen.



The Eucharistic Prayer


Eucharistic Prayer H


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 right to praise you, Father,

Lord of all creation;

in your love you made us for yourself.

When we turned away you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

You embraced us as your children

and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.    


In Christ you shared our life

that we might live in him and he in us.

He opened his arms of love

upon the cross and made for all

the perfect sacrifice for sin.


On the night he was betrayed,

at supper with his friends

he took bread, and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to them, saying:


Take, eat; this is my body

which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

his body is the bread of life.


At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,

he gave you thanks, and said:


Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you

for the forgiveness of sins;

do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

his blood is shed for all.


As we proclaim his death

and celebrate his rising in glory,

send your Holy Spirit

that this bread and this wine

may be to us the body and blood

of your dear Son.  

As we eat and drink these holy gifts

make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.



With your whole Church

throughout the world

we offer you this sacrifice of praise

and lift our voice to join

the eternal song of heaven:


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

Heaven and earth

are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.



The Lord's Prayer

We SIT for the Lord’s Prayer 


As our Saviour taught us, we are bold to pray


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 who takes away

the sin of the World

have mercy on us


Lamb of God

who takes away the sin of the World

have mercy on us

Lamb of God

who takes away the sin of the world

grant us peace




God's holy gifts for God's holy people. 

Jesus Christ is holy,

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father!



Alleluia. Christ our passover s sacrificed for us 

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia



A Prayer of Spiritual Communion

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you now sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my soul. As though you were already there, I embrace you and unite myself wholly to you; permit not that I should ever be separated from you. Amen


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



Blessing and Sending

May the Spirit,

who hovered over the waters when the world was created,

breathe into you the life he gives.

All   Amen.


May the Spirit,

who overshadowed the Virgin when the eternal Son came among us,

make you joyful in the service of the Lord.

All   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.

All   Amen.


And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always Amen




Filled with the Spirit’s power, go in the light and peace of Christ. Alleluia,


Thanks be to God Alleluia, Alleluia