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    Today Is: Pentecost
Sun, 23 May 2021 -- The Lectionary Cycle is: B

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Collect for: Pentecost
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

New Testament
Acts 2:1-7

1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, 'Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?

Officiant: The Word of the Lord.
The People: Thanks be to God.


Psalm
Psalm 104

25 This great and wide sea, In which are innumerable teeming things, Living things both small and great. 26 There the ships sail about; There is that Leviathan Which You have made to play there. 27 These all wait for You, That You may give them their food in due season. 28 What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good. 29 You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. 30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth. 31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; May the LORD rejoice in His works. 32 He looks on the earth, and it trembles; He touches the hills, and they smoke. 33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. 34 May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the LORD. 35 May sinners be consumed from the earth, And the wicked be no more. Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!

*At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


New Testament
1 Corinthians 12:3-7

3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

Officiant: The Word of the Lord.
The People: Thanks be to God.


Gospel
John 16:5-15

Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John.
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from John's Gospel chapter 16, beginning at verse 5.

5 But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?' 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.

Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People for: Pentecost
Brothers and sisters, God has given us His Holy Spirit that we may have free access to Him.
Therefore, let us bring our needs before Him.
That the Church, like Saint Peter on that first Pentecost Sunday, will boldly proclaim Christ's message of salvation.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That there will be greater unity among nations to seek peace and the common good of all.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That the Persecuted Church will have a real sense of Christ's abiding presence through the Holy Spirit.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That those who have been sealed for the day of redemption will walk in the love that God has poured out into their hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That the Body of Christ will reconcile their difference and be of one mind and one heart through the Holy Spirit.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That our eyes will be open, our ears attentive, our minds enlightened and our hearts responsive to what the Holy Spirit is doing within us.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That the Holy Spirit will pour out His Gifts abundantly upon His people.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That wayward children will repent and return to the Lord.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

Eternal Father, through the sending of Your Son You have redeemed us and through the sending of Your Holy Spirit You have sealed us.
Hear our prayer and give us the grace to be an obedient people, through Christ our Lord.AMEN