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.
O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:
First Reading: Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30
Psalm: Psalm 104:24-37
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 or Acts 2:1-21
Gospel: John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39
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." (John 20:19-23)
On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, `Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39)Lectionary and Pentecost Reflections:
According to John’s Gospel, Ascension Day begins already on Good Friday as Jesus is “lifted up” on the cross to draw men to himself, and Pentecost begins on Easter as Jesus breathes the Spirit on the disciples. Revelation completes this Johannine ascension theology. A slain Lamb doesn’t save the world. Even a slain and standing Lamb isn’t enough. Unless the slain and standing Lamb ascends, the book remains sealed, the Pentecostal fire never falls, and the thunderstorm of God’s kingdom stays in heaven. The news is good only because there is a worthy one in heaven, a Lamb slain, standing,and ascendant.Tamed Cynic: Why Prayer is a Waste of Time.
Allan Bevere: The (Extra)Ordinary Work of the Spirit: A Lectionary Reflection on Acts 2:1-21.
Allan Bevere: Unity in Diversity: A Lectionary Reflection on 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13.
Glory to God for All Good Things: Pentecost and the Liturgy of Hades.
Ekklesia Project: A Quieter Pentecost.
Missio Alliance: Taking the Spirit Seriously by Karina Kreminski.
Missio Alliance: Blue Collar Pentecost by A. J. Swoboda.
We desperately need a Pentecost of everyday living. We need a Pentecost that doesn’t require the hairspray and the stage lights.