Litanies for Pentecost

Opening Litany for Pentecost (the Holy Spirit in Creation)

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 with you 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)

Leader:

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

Hymn: "Wind Who Makes All Winds That Blow" (Sing! A New Creation, p. 169)

Written by John Paarlberg, pastor of First Church in Albany, New York

Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life:
At the beginning of time you moved over the face of the waters;
you breathe into every living being, the breath of life.
Come, Creator Spirit, and renew the whole creation.

Sung refrain:

Come, Holy Spirit.
Come, Holy Spirit.
Maranatha!
Come, Lord, come.
(Sing! A New Creation, p. 165)

Holy Spirit, voice of the prophets:
You enflame men and women with a passion for your truth,
and through them call your people to the ways of justice and compassion.
Come, Spirit of Righteousness, and burn in our hearts.

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Jesus:
By your power Jesus came to bring good news to the poor
and release to those held captive.
Come, Liberating Spirit, and free us from the powers of sin and death.

Sung refrain: Come, Holy Spirit....

Holy Spirit, Advocate, Teacher:
You speak to us of our Lord,
and show us the depth of his love.
Come, Spirit of Truth, abide in us and lead us in the way of Jesus Christ.

Holy Spirit, wind and flame:
You filled disciples with joy and courage,
empowering them to preach your word and to share your good news.
Come, Spirit of Power, make us bold witnesses of your redeeming love.

Sung refrain: Come, Holy Spirit....

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Peace:
You break down barriers of language, race, and culture,
and heal the divisions that separate us.
Come, Reconciling Spirit, and unite us all in the love of Christ.

Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life:
At the close of the age
all creation will be renewed to sing your praises.
Come, Creator Spirit, and make us new creations in Jesus Christ.

Sung refrain: Come, Holy Spirit....

*Words and music to "Come, Holy Spirit" by John Bell. Copyright 1995, The Iona Community. GIA Publications, exclusive North American agent. Reprinted with permission. For permission to publish the words and music in your worship bulletin, please contact GIA Publications, Inc., (800) 442-1358.

Written by John Paarlberg, pastor of First Church in Albany, New York

Litany 2

Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life:
At the beginning of time you moved over the face of the waters;
you breathe into every living being, the breath of life.
Come, Creator Spirit, and renew the whole creation.

Sung refrain:

Come, Holy Spirit.
Come, Holy Spirit.
Maranatha!
Come, Lord, come.
(Sing! A New Creation, p. 165)

Holy Spirit, voice of the prophets:
You enflame men and women with a passion for your truth,
and through them call your people to the ways of justice and compassion.
Come, Spirit of Righteousness, and burn in our hearts.

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Jesus:
By your power Jesus came to bring good news to the poor
and release to those held captive.
Come, Liberating Spirit, and free us from the powers of sin and death.

Sung refrain: Come, Holy Spirit....

Holy Spirit, Advocate, Teacher:
You speak to us of our Lord,
and show us the depth of his love.
Come, Spirit of Truth, abide in us and lead us in the way of Jesus Christ.

Holy Spirit, wind and flame:
You filled disciples with joy and courage,
empowering them to preach your word and to share your good news.
Come, Spirit of Power, make us bold witnesses of your redeeming love.

Sung refrain: Come, Holy Spirit....

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Peace:
You break down barriers of language, race, and culture,
and heal the divisions that separate us.
Come, Reconciling Spirit, and unite us all in the love of Christ.

Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life:
At the close of the age
all creation will be renewed to sing your praises.
Come, Creator Spirit, and make us new creations in Jesus Christ.

Sung refrain: Come, Holy Spirit....

*Words and music to "Come, Holy Spirit" by John Bell. Copyright 1995, The Iona Community. GIA Publications, exclusive North American agent. Reprinted with permission. For permission to publish the words and music in your worship bulletin, please contact GIA Publications, Inc., (800) 442-1358.

Written by John Paarlberg, pastor of First Church in Albany, New York

Litany 3

Leader:

God, by your Holy Spirit you equip us to make known your grace and goodness.
Freed from haste which compromises safety and quality,
Freed from needless hesitance which delays desired progress,

People:

Holy Spirit, direct the tempos of our life.

Leader:

Freed for exercising self-discipline toward the best we can be and do,
Freed for rejoicing in the accomplishments of others,

People:

Holy Spirit, inspire our efforts and guide our aims.

Leader:

Freed for honoring faithful standards of ethics and excellence,
Freed for creative pursuits which minister to ever present needs,

People:

Holy Spirit, grant us wisdom.

Leader:

Freed for careful research which grounds medical advances,
Freed for measured diplomacy which seeks enduring commitments
to peaceful resolution of conflict,

People:

Holy Spirit, grant us patience.

Leader:

Freed for sharing our faith with friend, foe, and stranger,
Freed for bridging generations and centuries with our enduring love,

People:

Holy Spirit, grant us courage.

Leader:

Freed for recognizing and valuing people as your children,
not merely for what they produce and the services they provide;
Freed for contributing ourselves and our resources,

People:

Holy Spirit, bind us together as your family.

Leader:

Freed for exemplifying the enduring worth of faithful convictions without apology,
Freed for celebrating the resurrection and reign of Jesus Christ,

People:

Holy Spirit, instill in us
Christ's peace which passes all understanding,
God's love which encourages and equips
and joy in the Lord which knows no end.
Amen.

--Rev. Kathy Jo Blaske