Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As you know, due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 it is currently advised that public worship should be postponed. So, as we gather in our individual homes this Sunday, please feel free to use these resources to guide your Worship @ Home.

from St John’s Worship Team.

Growing in faith; reaching out in love

Sunday 31st May – Pentecost

 

You may prepare to worship by placing a cross, a candle and bible near you. Light the candle.

If you have come to this worship time today feeling weary, or sad or broken, take some time to share this quietly in prayer with God. You might like to play this song softly in the background as you pray, or sing along, using these lyrics to ask God to make you whole and fill you with his Spirit.

Today is Pentecost day. It’s a day when we celebrate that God has promised to pour out his spirit on all people.

God’s Spirit is with us and so we pray:
Come, Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of your faithful people and kindle in them the fire of your love.
God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us.
Come, Holy Spirit, Lord and giver of life.
Fill the hearts of your faithful people and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Come, Holy Spirit, Lord and giver of life.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

 

Lift your voices and give praise …

Bible Readings

Acts 2

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers gathered in one place. Suddenly a sound came from heaven. It was like a strong wind blowing. It filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something that looked like fire in the shape of tongues. The flames separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to speak in languages they had not known before. The Spirit gave them the ability to do this.

Godly Jews from every country in the world were staying in Jerusalem. A crowd came together when they heard the sound. They were bewildered because each of them heard their own language being spoken. The crowd was really amazed. They asked, “Aren’t all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then why do we each hear them speaking in our own native language? We are Parthians, Medes and Elamites. We live in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia. We are from Pontus, Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia. Others of us are from Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene. Still others are visitors from Rome. 11 Some of the visitors are Jews. Others have accepted the Jewish faith. Also, Cretans and Arabs are here. We hear all these people speaking about God’s wonders in our own languages!” 12 They were amazed and bewildered. They asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 But some people in the crowd made fun of the believers. “They’ve had too much wine!” they said.

14 Then Peter stood up with the 11 apostles. In a loud voice he spoke to the crowd. “My fellow Jews,” he said, “let me explain this to you. All of you who live in Jerusalem, listen carefully to what I say. 15 You think these people are drunk. But they aren’t. It’s only nine o’clock in the morning! 16 No, here is what the prophet Joel meant. 17 He said,

“ ‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Holy Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
    Your young men will see visions.
    Your old men will have dreams.
18 In those days, I will pour out my Spirit on my servants.
    I will pour out my Spirit on both men and women.
    When I do, they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above.
    I will show signs on the earth below.
    There will be blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
20 The sun will become dark.
    The moon will turn red like blood.
    This will happen before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 Everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Joel 2:28–32)

22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this! Jesus of Nazareth was a man who had God’s approval. God did miracles, wonders and signs among you through Jesus. You yourselves know this. 23 Long ago God planned that Jesus would be handed over to you. With the help of evil people, you put Jesus to death. You nailed him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead. He set him free from the suffering of death. It wasn’t possible for death to keep its hold on Jesus. 25 David spoke about him. He said,

“ ‘I know that the Lord is always with me.
    Because he is at my right hand,
    I will always be secure.
26 So my heart is glad and joy is on my tongue.
    My whole body will be full of hope.
27 You will not leave me in the place of the dead.
    You will not let your holy one rot away.
28 You always show me the path that leads to life.
    You will fill me with joy when I am with you.’ (Psalm 16:8–11)

29 “Fellow Israelites, you can be sure that King David died. He was buried. His tomb is still here today. 30 But David was a prophet. He knew that God had made a promise to him. God had promised that he would make someone in David’s family line king after him. 31 David saw what was coming. So he spoke about the Messiah rising from the dead. He said that the Messiah would not be left in the place of the dead. His body wouldn’t rot in the ground. 32 God has raised this same Jesus back to life. We are all witnesses of this. 33 Jesus has been given a place of honor at the right hand of God. He has received the Holy Spirit from the Father. This is what God had promised. It is Jesus who has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 David did not go up to heaven. But he said,

“ ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
    “Sit at my right hand.
35 I will put your enemies
    under your control.” ’ (Psalm 110:1)

36 “So be sure of this, all you people of Israel. You nailed Jesus to the cross. But God has made him both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, it had a deep effect on them. They said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

38 Peter replied, “All of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then your sins will be forgiven. You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children. It is also for all who are far away. It is for all whom the Lord our God will choose.”

40 Peter said many other things to warn them. He begged them, “Save yourselves from these evil people.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized. About 3,000 people joined the believers that day.

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Psalm 104

 

 

Luther’s Explanation to the third article of the Apostles’ Creed

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.

This is most certainly true.

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Pastor’s Message

Prayer

Let us pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the church.
Thank you, Holy Father, for sending the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, as our Lord had
promised. Pour out your life-giving Spirit on your holy church throughout the world and equip its members with faith in Christ and all the Spirit’s other gifts.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.

You brought light out of darkness and order out of chaos by your Spirit in the creation of the world. Let your Spirit move over the earth and heal our broken planet and its people. Give wisdom and right judgment to our Prime minister Scott Morrison, and Premier Daniel Andrews, and to all in authority.
Mercifully send rain to any parts of our country experiencing drought, strengthen the faith of struggling farmers, and give practical help through government and neighbours.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.


You sent out your Spirit on the disciples like the rush of a mighty wind and distributed tongues of fire on their heads. Burn out all that is evil in us; consecrate your people for holy service, and raise up more to serve in our church. Sanctify our Bishop Pastor John Henderson and District Bishop Pastor Lester
Priebbenow for their ministries, together with all the pastors and teachers of our District.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.


You inspired the disciples with your Spirit to praise your marvelous deeds in many different languages. Unloose the tongues of all your people, so that we may joyfully confess you as our Lord and boldly proclaim our common faith to all the world.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.


Your Spirit touched the hearts of those who heard the gospel from Peter. Sharpen the consciences of those who hear your word and convince them of its truth, so that they may turn from their sins and be forgiven.
Direct our place in your mission so that as the body of Christ together we may bring the water of life to others.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.


You gave the Holy Spirit to those who were baptised on the day of Pentecost. Let your Spirit renew the faith of all who have been baptised, so that in public worship we may devote ourselves to the teaching of the apostles, the giving of gifts, the breaking of bread in the Lord’s Supper, and the prayer of the church for the world.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.


Your Spirit sustains the life of all. Open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing with what is good. Heal the sick. Give peace to the dying. And meet the needs of those we personally know to be in want and whom we now name silently in our hearts… (brief silence)
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.


Heavenly Father, you united people from many different nations and cultures by your Holy Spirit. Bring together all who have been divided by misunderstanding, hatred, and mistrust, and join us with them and all the angels as we adore you forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Lord’s Prayer 

Blessing 

The Lord bless us and keep us.

The Lord make his face shine on us and be gracious to us.
The Lord look upon us with favour, and give us peace. Amen
May the Spirit of God fill you with Peace and Joy! Amen

Lift your voices and give praise …

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2 thoughts on “Worship @ Home (31/05)”

  1. Thanks again Pastor for your message today reminding us of the continual work of the Spirit in us and the world today.

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