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SOCIALLY DISTANT, SPIRITUALLY CLOSE

Our Service for Sunday May 31st: Pentecost

 Sadly, the Church building is still closed but as a Church we are very much open and working hard to ensure that our faith remains vibrant and at the centre of our lives.
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Please remember that Grace and I are available at any time to talk on the phone or Facetime or Messenger or Text.

With my love and prayers 

Bob

The Peace of the Lord be always with us

Opening Hymn: Go Forth and Tell!

Go forth and tell!
O Church of God, awake!
God’s saving news
to all the nations take;
proclaim Christ Jesus,
Saviour, Lord and King,
that all the world
his worthy praise may sing.
 

Go forth and tell!
God’s love embraces all;
he will in grace
respond to all who call;
how shall they call
if they have never heard
the gracious invitation
of his word?
 

Go forth and tell!
O Church of God, arise!
Go in the strength
which Christ your Lord supplies;
go till all nations
his great name adore
and serve him, Lord and King
for evermore.

 

The Collect for Purity

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Gloria

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One,  you alone are the Lord,  you alone are the Most High Jesus  Christ, with the Holy  Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen

The Collect for the Day of Pentecost

God, who as at this time 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 judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

 

The New Testament Reading
Acts 2: 1-21: The Coming of the Holy Spirit

1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
 2 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.
3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.
6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.
7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretans and Arabs – in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’
12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’
13 But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’
14 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.
15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.
16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 “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.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”’

This is the Word of the Lord    Thanks be to God

The Gospel
Read the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John, Chapter 20, verses 19-23
Glory to Christ our Saviour
              

19 It was evening on 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.
20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
21 Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’
 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,  ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them;  if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Give thanks to the Lord for His Glorious Gospel: Praise to Christ our Lord

Reflection for Pentecost 2020 (Lockdown)
Prebendary Bob King

On Monday of this week I was walking through Kelso and stopped to talk to a group of people working for the company Openreach
They were digging holes across the town and running cables for our telephone and internet systems. We chatted for some time about what they were doing and where they were from.

One came from Newcastle, another from Glasgow, three from Edinburgh and one from Motherwell. There were others there as well, but they managed to escape the Bob King “What’s your name and where do you come from?” question

As we were chatting they asked me if I lived here and what I did. We talked generally for a bit and then they said they needed to get on with the job they were here to do.

I watched as they fed a reasonably thin rubber cable underground from hole to hole. I said to one of them is that the only cable you use and he said yes it was. The thing that shocked me was how thin the cable was. I learned that inside the rubber casing there were 36 microscopic lines and between them they would carry all the internet signals and information.

As I looked, I thought what a perfect illustration for Pentecost

All those different lines of communication.

Together yet separate, encased in a protective casing, carrying the message to all people.

Pentecost is the day we celebrate the beginning of the Church as we know it.

The disciples had been locked in and scared. The Holy Spirit had appeared like flames on their heads and filled them.

They rushed out almost like mad people who had drunk too much and they began to tell the story of God and Jesus. They genuinely believed, and suddenly they knew they had to share the Good News.

They shared the news completely with an amazing inclusivity. Everyone who heard could understand it.

They heard it in a language that made sense to them.

They heard and received God’s love as the disciples shouted it from the roof tops

The gift of the Spirit was the final side of the triangle, the Trinity. The gift of the Spirit which is as real today as it was then.

What is this Spirit?  How can we describe it?

It has many names

Fire, Wind/Breeze, Water, Breath (life giving), Comforter, Advocate, Guide/Discernment-Giver, Teacher
Sustainer, Inspirer
Rebuilder, Restorer, Renewer, Re-Creator
Power-Giver
Conscience and Peace-Giver
The Pricking Thumb
Freedom-Giver
Hope-Giver
Joy-Giver
Strengthener
Reassurer of who we are and of who God is to us –
Our Abba (Romans 8 – The Message)
Prays for us when we cannot find the words (Romans 8)
Vision/understanding/clarity
Wisdom
Lover
Dove
Intercessor
Reconciler
Connector
Revealer
Paraclete
Holy Ghost

So many names for so many different times and places, experiences and circumstances

The Holy Spirit is always changing and forming and responding to our needs and visions.

The myriad of names allows us to grow and to be in different places and situations as it helps and guides and loves and challenges and enables us to have a deep and full relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit enables us to pray when we cannot find the words to say and reassures us always of God’s love and compassion for us.

Rather like the tiny fibres in the internet cables, the Holy Spirit is a conduit for us to a new world. A new love a new beginning. It opens up and allows us to explore and find the joy of an unconditional love. We don’t need to speak a special language – we can hear and see as individuals and know that we are special, chosen and loved by that great God who so loved the world that he gave his only Son that we may be forgiven and live.

Pentecost is a special season. We are in Red for the Holy Spirit as we celebrate the fire of love, the fire in the disciple’s bellies as they rushed out like the wind to share the Good News of the risen ascended Lord.

I pray that this year wherever you are you may hear and feel the rushing wind of the love of God in your hearts and have the courage like the disciples did to share it in a language that everyone can understand.

Communion Hymn: Spirit of the Living God

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me,
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me

 Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.
Melt us, mould us, fill us, use us.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.

The service continues with Eucharistic Prayer IV 

For our prayers:

Coronavirus:, all who are suffering from it, worrying about catching it, treating it, and researching it, and all who are working to keep us safe, and keep us fed.

Those whose Anniversaries of Death fall at this time, including: Anne Jeffrey, Caroline Forbes, Lillian Purves, Audrey Cowan, Joseph Hodge,and all who mourn them.

Closing prayer:
Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit  and opening to every race and nation he way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Closing Hymn: Love Divine, all loves excelling

 Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heav’n, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, thou art all compassion,
pure unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter ev’ry trembling heart.
 

Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
into ev’ry troubled breast;
let us all in thee inherit,
let us find thy promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning,
Alpha and Omega be;
end of faith, as its beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy grace receive;
suddenly return, and never,
never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above;
pray, and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

 Finish then thy new creation,
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee.
 Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heav’n we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love and praise.
 

 

So, let us all go- or stay- in peace to love and serve the Lord, wherever and however we can.

In the name of Christ. Amen