Pentecost Sunday (Year A)

Sentences, adapted from Psalm 104 and Acts 2

Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow!
The day of Pentecost has come and we have gathered together 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 prophesy!
Praise the Lord who sends forth his Spirit! 
Praise the Lord who renews the face of the earth.
Jesus Christ, reign down your Spirit that we, too, may see visions!
May the glory of the Lord endure forever!
May the Lord rejoice in his works.
Everlasting Father, reign down your Spirit that we, too, may dream dreams!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; praise the Lord!

Call to Confession, from 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 faithful to forgive.
Come, then, let us adore the one who is mighty to save!

Prayer of Confession

Merciful and gracious God,
Our hearts cry out for you to make us whole again.
Even as we celebrate that you have come to dwell within us, 
We have sinned against you and abandoned your commandments.
We have been jealous, possessive, ambivalent, and impulsive.
We have not heeded your Word and we have not cherished your covenant. 
Help us to glorify you in all times and in all places.
As our souls thirst for your living waters, 
Quench our needs and satisfy our love. 
That we may come back to you and be sent forth
To fill the world with your mercy and grace.
In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, 
And by the power of the Holy Spirit who is at work within us,
Amen.

Assurance of Pardon, from John 20:19-23

"Jesus came and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you!'
After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 
Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.'
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, 
'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; 
If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'"

Sung Response: "Wonderful, Merciful Savior"

Prayer for Illumination

In the name of the Creator, Son, and Spirit,
Open our eyes, Lord.

Sung Response: "Open Our Eyes, Lord"

OR

Sung Response: "Spirit of the Living God"

Hymns and Songs of Praise Suggestions

"Let Everything That Has Breath (Praise the Lord)"
"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
"God Is Mighty to Save"