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Pentecost Service Worship at Home

Come Holy Spirit our hearts inspire and fill us with Love the Pentecost

In the name of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit Amen

This is the day that the Lord has made
We will rejoice and be glad in it

The Paschal Candle and your own candle at home is Lit

The Spirit of the Lord now fills the whole world,*
All: alleluia, alleluia.
The Spirit of the Lord now fills the whole world,*
All: alleluia, alleluia.
The Spirit who searches even the depths of God:
All: alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit of the Lord now fills the whole world,*
All: alleluia, alleluia.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
The day of Pentecost has come and we are gathered together and apart and God is in this place.
We are nothing without you, O Lord. Send forth your presence and grant us your mercies and love.
Creator God, reign down your Spirit that we, too, may grow in faith and hope
That we might know your will for your Church in the days ahead and build your Kingdom
Thy Kingdom Come Oh Lord. Your rule Oh Christ begin Alleluia.

HYMN: “Come Down Oh Love Divine”

Lord of our years we meet together yet apart.
Draw close to us and at this time of Renewal in prayer and in worship let us open ourselves to the power of your presence.


Spirit of God, Bright shining star, Lighten our darkness
Blessed be each thing your spirit rests upon
Spirit of God warm radiant Son, warm our cold hearts
Blessed be each thing your spirit warms
Spirit of God, flame of Pentecost, renew our joy in your presence
Blessed be each thing your fire restores
Spirit of God, coax us from our hiding places. Lure us away from the dark night of the soul. Draw us to witness to the love you have for your children, that in witnessing your love, all we do may be to your glory.

Invitation to Confession

Acts 2:21 Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Come, then, let us confess our sins to the one who is always ready to forgive in the silence of our hearts

SILENCE is kept 

Shadows lengthen and the darkness thickens as sin makes its dwelling place within us
Keep us mindful of your presence Oh God
Through our nights and days, our waking and our sleeping, our resting and working, our interactions with others and our honesty before God
Keep us mindful of your presence Oh God
Through our stumbling in places of darkness where we cannot see your will, when we fall from the paths of truth and peace
Keep us mindful of your presence Oh God
When evil masquerades as Light and we are deceived and unnerved by the darkness
Keep us mindful of your presence Oh God


Veni Santi Spiritus (Chant)

Renewal of Baptismal Promises

Almighty God,
as we prepare to worship today,
we ask that you will stretch our imaginations
to sense the majesty and mystery of your ascension.
Help us perceive how Jesus’ presence in heaven
can give us confidence in our praying
and hope for the future.
Through Jesus, our Lord.

SILENCE is kept 

First Reader (pouring water):
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form and void,
and darkness was upon the face of the deep;
and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1: 1–2)
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, upon many waters.
(Psalm 29: 3)

Second Reader (with wind chimes):
The wind blows where it chooses,
and you hear the sound of it,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.
So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. (John 3: 8)
The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
and strips the forest bare;
and in God’s temple all cry, “Glory!”
(Psalm 29:9)

Third Reader (carrying/ pouring soil):
When you send forth your Spirit all living things are created;
and you renew the face of the earth. (from Psalm 104:30)
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world and those who live in it.
(Psalm 24:1)

Fourth Reader (with candle):
I baptize you with water;
but one more powerful than I is coming
who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (from Luke 3:16)
The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
(Psalm 29: 7–8)

Fourth reader: May the Lord give strength to the people!
May the Lord bless the people with peace! (Psalm 29:11)

Priest: Can you bottle a breeze? Can you blow out a forest fire? Can you help but breathe?
For those times we stifle your Spirit, O God;
For those times we ignore your whispers and shouts;
For those time when we turn away from your wonders and miracles:
Forgive us and heal us once more in the Water of Life. Amen

In our baptism we died with Christ and were buried with him, so that we might rise with him to a new life within the family of his Church. We now meet to renew the promises made at our baptism, to affirm our allegiance to Christ and our rejection of all that is evil.

Do you renew and affirm the promises made at your baptism?
I do.

Do you reject the devil and all proud rebellion against God?
I reject them.

Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
I renounce them.

Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
I repent of them.

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I turn to Christ.

Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
I submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life?
I come to Christ.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
The Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 again to judge the living and the dead.

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

Those who are baptized are called to worship and serve God.

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
With the help of God, I will.

Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
With the help of God, I will.

Will you proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ?
With the help of God, I will.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all people, loving your neighbour as yourself?
With the help of God, I will.

Will you acknowledge Christ’s authority over human society, by prayer for the world and its leaders, by defending the weak, and by seeking peace and justice?
With the help of God, I will.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, you have given us the will to do all these things: Give us the courage and strength to achieve them to the honour and glory of your name, and the good of your Church and people; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, that you may be rooted and grounded in love and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.


First Reading
The apostles spoke in other tongues, alleluia.
The wonderful works of God, alleluia.



Alleluia Alleluia 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. (cf 2 Corinthians 1.22)

Hear the gospel of our lord Jesus Christ according to…..

Sermon - There is a Church....

Intercessions including the Lord’s Prayer ( Sibella)

Taizé Chant

Jesus you are with me in this heaven on earth x2
……….in the flowing water x 2
……….in the flame of Life X2
…… the breath of the spirit
…… heart of love x

The Peace

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit.(cf Galatians 5.22,23)

The Peace of the Lord be always with you…….

PLEASE Light a new candle

The Blessing of Light

The ministers go to the Easter Candle.

A minister says:
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. A hymn may be sung as the candles are lit.


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 the Upper Kennet Benefice 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.

If there are no other services on this feast the Easter Candle may be extinguished in silence.

May the Spirit,

who hovered over the waters when the world was created,

breathe into you the life he gives.

May the Spirit, who overshadowed the Virgin when the eternal Son came among us, make you joyful in the service of the Lord.

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.

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

HYMN: "Shine Jesus Shine"

Materials are drawn from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, Common Worship: Pastoral Services, and Common Worship: Daily Prayer, all of which are copyright © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.