Reflections - Rector's Letter
Today is Pentecost (or Whit Sunday) and so we celebrate again God’s gift of his Holy Spirit.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22&23a)
As we seek these gifts, let us pray:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people,
and kindle in us the fire of your love.
(I ask you to pray this prayer repeatedly and reflectively, give a pause between each repeat, and when it feels right pray a final Amen.)
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. Amen.
Bible Reading: Acts 2:1-8
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 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. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
What an amazing day it must have been for those first disciples! But how about for us? If God’s Holy Spirit nudges us today to do something good and life giving but quite different to what we would normally do, what will help us trust and go with it, rather than resist and stay put?
Why not give a friend a call and talk this through together.
May we all be renewed today by the gift of the Holy Spirit in what ever way we need it here and now. God bless you all. Tim
We Pray together:
Oh God, Lord of heaven and earth,
You hold both our failures and successes in your heart.
You take joy both in our great achievements and our tiny steps.
Now, as we receive your Holy Spirit again, open our mouths to speak of our faith,
and open our eyes to see what you are revealing
so that we may share your joy and proclaim your good news
as we travel with Jesus Christ our Lord this and every day. Amen.
O Holy Spirit, giver of light and life,
Pour into us today thoughts that are better than our own thoughts,
Inspire in us today prayers that are better than our own prayers,
Awaken in us today wisdom that is better than our own wisdom,
And prompt in us acts of love that are rooted in your enabling,
That we may spend and be spent in the ways of love and service
After the perfect image of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
Let’s pray the Lord’s prayer and the Grace together:
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.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, ever more. Amen.
Rev'd Tim Erridge
Parish Priest: Bleadon and Bournville
Tel: 01934 815 404