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Pentecost Sunday - May 28, 2023

Join us in person or live-streamed at 10AM or find our recorded service at your convenience. Details on our Worship page. Service words are below.

Prelude: Breathe on Me Breath of God (piano solo)



Gathering Hymn: 249 CP Wind Who Makes All Winds

Wind who makes all winds that blow—gusts that bend the saplings low,

gales that heave the sea in waves, stirrings in the mind’s deep caves—

aim your breath with steady power on your church, this day, this hour.

Raise, renew the life we’ve lost, Spirit God of Pentecost.

Fire who fuels all fires that burn—suns around which planets turn,

beacons marking reefs and shoals, shining truth to guide our souls—

come to us as once you came; burst in tongues of sacred flame!

Light and power, might and strength, fill your church, its breadth and length.

Holy Spirit, wind and flame, move within our mortal frame.

Make our hearts an altar pyre; kindle them with your own fire.

Breathe and blow upon that blaze till our lives, our deeds and ways

speak that tongue which every land by your grace shall understand.

Gathering (Before the Amen)

Spirit is in us

We are in Spirit

Spirit calls us to ministry

Spirit calls us to prayer

Spirit cries for peace

Spirit works for justice

Prayer for Pentecost (Dancers and Wayfarers, C. Thorpe)

God of all people under the sun, of every language and dialect, of every culture and history, in our diversity and difference, in our particularity and uniqueness, meet us with your singular love, bridging our divides, spanning our separation, bringing us to know our deeper unity in you. Holy Spirit, go-between, interpreter, peacemaker, fill us now with your gift of understanding. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen

Collect of the Day: Almighty and everliving God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal, keep us in the unity of your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Children’s Ministry Time

Song: Hallelu, Hallelu

Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord.

Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord.

Praise ye the Lord hallelujah!

Praise ye the Lord hallelujah!

Praise ye the Lord hallelujah!

Praise ye the Lord.

Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord.

Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord.

Praise ye the Lord hallelujah!

Praise ye the Lord hallelujah!

Praise ye the Lord hallelujah!

Praise ye the Lord.

Proclamation of the Word

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles2:1-21

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Living word of God live in our lives today

Psalm 104 (sung): Lord, Send out your Spirit

Refrain: Lord, send out your Spirit,

and renew the face of the earth.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord, my God, you are great indeed!

How manifold are your works, O Lord!

The earth is full of your creatures. Refrain

If you take away their breath,

they perish and return to their dust.

When you send forth your spirit, they are created,

and you renew the face of the earth. Refrain

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord be glad in his works!

Pleasing to God be my theme;

I will be glad in the Lord. Refrain

A Reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians 12.3b–13

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Living word of God live in our lives today

Gradual Hymn: 650 God’s Spirit, As a Rising Gale

God’s Spirit, as a rising gale, tear down our false tranquility;

come surging through our settled minds, demolish our complacency!

God’s Spirit, as the breath of life, creation’s source and guide and goal,

breathe life into our souls again; restore our faith and make us whole.

God’s Spirit, as an icy blast, strike through the scorching enmity

that burns or human love to ash; extinguish all hostility.

God’s Spirit, as a healing breeze, stream gently through our troubled days,

to set us on our feet again, with confidence, delight, and praise.

God’s Spirit, fierce and wild, and yet enfolding like a mother’s womb,

surprise us: bring us, newly born, with Jesus leaping from the tomb!

The Lord be with you And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 20.19–23

Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, 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.’

The Gospel of Christ Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ


An Affirmation of Faith (words c. 2014 Mark Lloyd Richardson—

We believe in a loving God,

who is life's breath for all of earth's creatures,

who is the ground in which our lives flourish,

who is the mystery toward which we are drawn.

We believe in the risen Christ,

whose life is the way we see God made real,

whose death bears witness to the power of love,

whose presence nourishes our spirits each day.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

who flows as a refreshing spring of life,

who comes as divine fire to energize the faithful,

who creates communities of joy and justice. Amen

Prayers of Intercession (Dancers and Wayfarers, C Thorpe)

God of community, we give thanks for our neighbourhood; for schools, churches and other places of worship, for businesses, organizations, groups and agencies. Open our eyes to your presence in our midst, for the saints of everyday, for all who build up the common good. Help us to build on a solid foundation. Bring good news to the oppressed. Bind up the broken hearted

God of diversity, we give you thanks for the patchwork of differences in our community: for all that brings colour and flavour to a sometimes-drab world. Open our hearts to the dangers of prejudice and suspicion. Help us to build bridges of understanding. Bring good news to the oppressed.

Bind up the broken hearted

God of justice, we give you thanks for the values we treasure: of fairness, equality and respect of care for the vulnerable and less able. Open our eyes and our hearts to all who struggle to manage. Help us build networks of awareness and care. Bring good news to the oppressed. Bind up the broken hearted

God of the suffering, we offer to you today those who have asked our prayers and those who are suffering in silence. Help them to know that your loving presence is near. Help us to be the instruments of care and peace. Bring good news to the oppressed. Bind up the broken hearted

God of the grieving, we ask your grace and mercy for all who feel alone or lost because of the death of a loved one. May this community be for them a place of support and comfort. Help us to offer a caring ear, a shoulder of support, a presence so that they know they are not alone. Bring good news to the oppressed. Bind up the broken hearted

The Peace

Offertory Hymn: 408 CP Wind Upon the Waters

Wind upon the waters, voice upon the deep,

rouse your sons and daughters, wake us from our sleep,

breathing life into all flesh, breathing love into all hearts,

living wind upon the waters of my soul.

Showers from the heavens, water from the earth,

gift so wholly given, source of every birth,

joy of every living thing, making all creation sing,

shower down upon the dry earth of my soul.

Rock and hill and garden, wood and desert sand,

prairie, field and meadow shaped by Love’s own hand,

Love that fills the world around, springing up from barren ground,

grow your love within the garden of my soul.

Blazing light of wonder, flame that pierces night,

burst the dark asunder, fill our souls with light.

Lord of glory, fill the skies, make an end to hatred's cries,

be the blazing sun of justice in our lives.

Wind upon the waters, rains upon the sand,

grace your sons and daughters, newborn by your hand.

Come, O Spirit, and renew all the life that comes from you,

send your winds upon the waters of my soul.

Prayer over the Gifts

Giver of life, receive all we offer you this day. Let the Spirit you bestow on your Church continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen

Eucharistic Prayer (NZ Prayer Book page 496)

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Lift your hearts to heaven where Christ in glory reigns

Let us give thanks to God It is right to offer thanks and praise

It is the joy of our salvation, God of the universe, to give you thanks through Jesus Christ.

You said “Let there be light,” there was light. Your light shines on our darkness. For you the earth has brought forth life in all its forms.

You have created us to hear your Word, to do your will and to be fulfilled in your love. It is right to thank you. You sent your Son to be for us the way we need to follow and the truth we need to know. You sent your Son to give his life to release us from our sin. His cross has taken our guilt away.

Through the Holy Spirit nations, races and languages are called to welcome the great things you have done. Through the Holy Spirit you have brought good news to our land. Day by day you call us to be one people, to be your people. Day by day you call us to feed the hungry, heal the sick, deliver the oppressed, and to wait and watch for your kingdom.

You send your Holy Spirit to strengthen and to guide, to warn and to revive your Church.

Therefore, with all of your witnesses who surround us on every side, countless as heaven’s stars, we praise you for our creation and our calling, with loving and joyful hearts:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might Heaven and Earth of your glory are full Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest. Blessed is one who comes in the name of the Lord

Blessed is one who comes in the name of the Lord

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might Heaven and Earth of your glory are full Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest.

Blessed are you, most holy, in your Son, who washed his disciples’ feet. “I am among you,’ he said, ‘as one who serves.’

On that night before he died Jesus took bread and gave you thanks. He broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you; do this to remember me.

After supper, Jesus took the cup, and gave you thanks. He gave it to them and said: Drink this. It is my blood of the new covenant, shed for you, shed for all, to forgive sin; do this to remember me.

Therefore with this bread and wine we recall your goodness to us.

God of the past and present, we your people remember your Son. We thank you for his cross and rising again, we take courage from his ascension; we look for his coming in glory and in him we give ourselves to you.

Send your Holy Spirit, that we who receive Christ’s body may indeed be the body of Christ, and we who share his cup draw strength from the one true vine.

Called to follow Christ help us to reconcile and unite. Called to suffer, give us hope in our calling.

For you, the heavenly one, make all things new; you are the beginning and the end, the last and the first.

Praise, glory and love be yours, this and every day, from us and all people, here and everywhere. Amen

The Lord's Prayer (sung: Cameron)

Breaking of the Bread

Christ’s body was broken for us on the cross

Christ is the bread of life

Christ’s blood was shed for our forgiveness

Christ is risen from the dead!

Come God’s people. Come to receive Christ’s heavenly food.

The Communion

Music during Distribution: Piano Solo 545 CP We Will Lay Our Burden Down

Prayer after Communion

Blessed be God who calls us together.

Praise to God who makes us one people.

Blessed be God who has forgiven our sin.

Praise to God who gives hope and freedom.

Blessed be God whose Word is proclaimed.

Praise to God who is revealed as love.

Blessed be God alone who has called us.

Therefore we offer all that we are and all that we shall become.

Accept, O God, our sacrifice of praise.

Amen. Accept our thanks for all you have done. Our hands were empty, and you filled them.

The Blessing


Closing Hymn: Spirit of Gentleness

Refrain: Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness calling and free, Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, Wind, Wind on the sea.

You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,

then you coaxed up the mountains from the valley of sleep;

and over the eons you called to each thing:

wake from your slumbers and rise on your wings. Refrain

You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand, and you goaded your people with a law and a land; and when they were blinded with their idols and lies, then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes. Refrain

You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill, then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still; and down in the city you called once again, when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind. Refrain

You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes, from the bondage of sorrow the captives dream dreams; our women see visions, our men clear their eyes. with bold new decisions your people arise. Refrain


When the Spirit of truth comes

the Spirit will guide us into truth.

For the Spirit does not speak on its own

but will speak what the Spirit hears

and the Spirit will declare to you

the things that are to come. Thanks be to God! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Postlude: Down to the River


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