Sunday 31st May- Pentecost Sunday
I hope that you are all well and enjoying a week away from Home Schooling and also the lovely weather.
Today Pentecost is the birthday of all of us in the Church because we are the Church. It is a day of celebration in the Church. Pentecost is a Greek word for 50th day. It is 50 days after Easter Sunday.
Perhaps you can read today’s gospel and you can then reflect on some matters from the gospel and we hope the following may help
Gospel Theme – Happy Birthday Church
A New Wind Blowing
When the day of Pentecost came, Jesus disciples were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.
One way we can know the wind is there is that we can hear it. When we wake up in the morning and turn on the TV to see what the weather is doing. There are some mornings that we don’t even have to look at the TV to know that the wind is blowing because we can hear it! We can hear it whistling through the trees, and around the windows and doors. We can’t see the wind, but we know it is there because we can hear it.
Another way we can know that the wind is there is that we can see it moving things. We can see it moving the leaves on the trees and blowing bits of paper around, sometimes turning wheelie bins over. We can’t see the wind, but we know it is there because we can see what the wind is doing.
Still another way we can know that the wind is there is that we can feel it. Blow onto the back of your hand. Did you see anything? No, but you could feel something, couldn’t you? We can’t see the wind, but we can feel it blowing against our faces and blowing through our hair.
Today, many churches celebrate a special day called Pentecost. It was on the day of Pentecost that God sent his Holy Spirit to the church. The Gospel tells us that the apostles were all gathered together feeling very sad and lonely when suddenly there was a sound like a mighty, rushing wind. Then, it says, they were filled with the Holy Spirit. The disciples were filled with joy, hope and courage to go out and spread the word of God.
God’s Holy Spirit is like the wind, we can’t see him, but we can know that he is there, just like we can know that the wind is there.
We can know that the Holy Spirit is there because we can hear him. We can’t see the Holy Spirit, but we know he is there because he speaks to our hearts.
Another way we can know that the Holy Spirit is there is that we can see him moving people to do God’s will. We can’t see God, but we can see people doing things that God’s Holy Spirit has moved them to do.
We can know that the Holy Spirit is there because we can feel his presence. We can’t see the Holy Spirit, but we know he is there because we can feel his presence in our life.
The Holy Spirit gave the disciples the courage to see that they can do what Jesus asks of them.
What does Jesus ask us to do?
How does Jesus want us to behave and to treat other people?
Jesus asks us to do the same as the disciples – to spread his message of peace to all people through what we do.
Can you think how you might do this?
And how does the Holy Spirit help us?
The Holy Spirit gives us the courage to answer Jesus’ call, to do what God asks of us even when it is difficult. We each answer that call in a different way, but the Holy Spirit helps and guides us along the way. The Holy Spirit is our Sat Nav in life
The Holy Spirit will build into our lives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Rather than trying to be loving, patient, kind, God asks us to rely on Him to produce these qualities in our lives. So we are told to walk in the Spirit and be filled with the Spirit.
This week let’s try to notice the Holy Spirit in our lives, helping us to be brave, and helping us to spread Jesus’ message of peace in our world.
We pray for all those who work for peace in our world: that they will have courage and strength to carry on, even in the most difficult times.
We also pray for all people and especially those who have lived through war and conflict: that, filled by the power of the Holy Spirit, they can find it in their hearts to move forwards in peace and forgiveness. Amen
Prayer for the end of the virus
Almighty and merciful Father, who show your love to all your creation
We come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world.
Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world.
Grant healing to the sick, eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families.
We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found.
We pray for the relevant governments and health authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people.
Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our failings. Amen.
Please have a look at these activities – to open click here and then you can print them. Hopefully there is something for everyone.
Did you collect a sunflower seedling? If so perhaps you could send in a photo and a progress report and we can display these on the website. Frances has produced some lovely posters with more information about sunflowers, you can find them here. See our Tree of Life webpage for more details.
God Bless and stay safe
The children’s liturgy leaders