Resources for Pentecost & Trinity

 

Blessed are you, God of all creation,
and blessed is the communion
into which you gather us.

Your Son has called us to continue his mission
and promised not to leave us alone,
but to send us a partner with wisdom and power.

Send your Holy Spirit
to call us by name and lead us home.

We look to you with eager expectation,
for you have promised gifts unimaginable
and opened us to the delight and wonder of life.

Send your Holy Spirit
to call us by name and lead us home.

Like a blazing fire, melt the stubborn grip of fear.
Like a wild wind, dispel the dust of complacency.
Like a kookaburra's call, pierce pride with joy.

Send your Holy Spirit
to call us by name and lead us home.

 

 

Written by Nathan Nettleton, 2000.

 

O God, you search us out and know us,
and all that we are is open to you.
We confess that we have sinned.

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we use our power to dominate
and our weaknesses to manipulate:

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we live within our limits,
touching the bounds only for reassurance:

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we distrust visions and dreams,
and seek to destroy the visionary:

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we welcome your gifts only to entertain,
but not to change us:

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we fail to integrate spirit and flesh
and forfeit our wholeness and dignity:

In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

We turn to you,
O God of infinite mercy;

We renounce evil;
We claim your love;
We choose to be made whole.

 

 

Stanzas 1,2 & conclusion by Janet Morley, All Desires Known, London:SPCK, 1992, p.40.

Stanzas 3, 4, 5 & 6 adapted by Nathan Nettleton from "Creator God" written by Douglas Galbraith published in Galloway, Kathy (ed) The Pattern of our Days, Glasgow: Wild Goose, 1996, p.124-5.

 

We believe in God,
creator of all,
whose love is more
than mind can measure or time contain.

We believe that God's desire
is fullness of life for all,
and from the heights of heaven
to the depths of hell,
nothing and no one has fallen
beyond the reach of God's mercy.

We believe in Jesus Christ,
who unveiled the divinity of human flesh
and revealed to us the nature of God;
who embodied God's holy wisdom
and brought forth fruits of love, joy, peace,
goodness, faithfulness and humility.

We believe in the way of the cross,
for when Christ embraced the outcasts
and unmasked the arrogant,
he stirred into deadly confrontation
the power of love and the love of power.
The enemies of life had their way with him,
tearing spirit from flesh,
but God's saving power raised him to life,
so that we and every person on earth
might follow him into the fullness of life which death cannot overcome.

We believe in the Holy Spirit
God's ceaseless and mysterious Go-between,
who kindles the fires of passion and integrity.
Elusive and uncontrollable,
comforting and disturbing,
she purges our delusions with fire
and whispers grace with a lover's breath,
empowering us to refuse what is evil,
and be taken up with praise.

Though sometimes fearful,
in God we trust.
We lay ourselves open to the Spirit's touch
that we might be the body of Christ,
offering our life for the life of the world,
and being drawn into the mysterious dance of the Trinity,
through Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory and praise forever.

 

 

W ritten by Nathan Nettleton incorporating phrases and ideas from the following:

"Te Deum" by Janet Morley, All Desires Known, London: SPCK, 1992, p.34

"Pentecost" by Bruce D Prewer, Australian Psalms, Adelaide: Open Book, 1979, p.116-117;

"Holy Spirit" by Bruce D Prewer, More Australian Psalms, Adelaide: Open Book, 1996, p.154;

"I have called you by name" by Edward Schillebeeckx, published in Terry Falla (ed.) Be our Freedom Lord, Adelaide: Open Book, 1994, p.62.

 

We are the body of Christ.

His Spirit is with us.

Let us lift up our 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.

(Insert the Preface of the Week here - available from Laughing Bird Weekly Texts)

 

Traditional

Therefore with the whole realm of nature around us,
With earth, sea and sky,

We sing to you.

With the angels and archangels who envelop us,
With all the saints before us and beside us,
With brothers and sisters, east and west, north and south,

We sing to you.

And with our loved ones,
separate from us now,
who yet, in this mystery are close to us,

We sing the hymn of unending praise:

Adapted from "The Prayer of Thanksgiving" on page 67 of The Iona Community Worship Book, Wild Goose Publications, Glasgow, 1991.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of truth and light,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

Traditional

Blessed are you, O God,
whose gift of Holy Spirit
is poured out continuously on all creation,
germinating the seeds of humour and hope,
dancing in the pulse of life,
blazing in the fires of passion.

Blessed is your son, Jesus,
who embodied this out-poured Spirit
and thus restored to sight our ancient destiny.

Fulfilling his promise
not to leave his followers comfortless,
he opened heaven's floodgates
raining down gifts in thunder, wind and flame,
igniting visions and dreams,
filling women and men with clarity and power,
and intoxicating young and old alike
with longing to proclaim your uncontainable word
in languages of praise.

Written by Nathan Nettleton incorporating phrases and ideas from "Eucharistic Prayer for Pentecost" by Janet Morley, All Desires Known, SPCK, London, 1992, p.56.

Blessed is our brother Jesus,
who comes behind the doors we have closed
and breathes on our fear his fearful peace;
who, on the night when he was betrayed,
took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said:

"This is my body, which is for you.
Do this to remember me."

In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying:

"This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, whenever you drink it,
to remember me."

"Institution Narrative" by Janet Morley,
All Desires Known
, London:SPCK, 1992, p.57 (altered).

So, as we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim the mystery of our faith:

Christ has died;
Christ is risen;
Christ will come again.

Traditional

Therefore, here in this place,
we celebrate the life that was born at Bethlehem,
the life that Jesus has shared
among his community through the centuries,
And shares with us now.

From The Iona Community Worship Book, Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications, 1991, p.67

Made one with him,
and thus one with each other,
we lay before you these gifts of bread and wine,
in token of our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
for here we offer and present to you ourselves,
our bodies, minds and spirits,
to be a holy and continuous sacrifice to you.

Adapted by Nathan Nettleton
from "The Desert Missal" of the Anamchara Celtic Church. http://web2.airmail.net/anmchar1/disert.htm

Come now, O Spirit of Christ,
Brood over these bodily things,
this bread and this wine.

May they be for us
your body and blood,
Vibrant with life,
Healing, renewing
and making us whole.

And draw us into your blazing heart,
that as your gifts are consumed in us,
we might be consumed in transfiguring love
and thus become one with you,

Bone of your bone,
Flesh of your flesh,
living our prayer
and praying our life
until love and fidelity embrace,
peace and justice kiss,
and all are free as Christ is free.

 

Written by Nathan Nettleton including lines from prayers by Janet Morley, All Desires Known, London:SPCK, 1992, p.47 & 49;
"Prayer of Blessing for the Sunday Morning Communion"
The Iona Community Worship Book, Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications, 1991, p.67;
and the ICEL translation of Psalm 85:10.

Because you are one with us, O Christ,
make us one with you as we pray
the prayer you taught us:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

For the Kingdom, the power and the glory
are yours, now and forever.
Amen.

Translation of the Lord's Prayer by ELLC.