Service for Pentecost Sunday Morning 31st May 2020

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Opening Scripture

“And afterward,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your old men will dream dreams,
    your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”

Joel 2:28-29 NIV


As part of the opening worship songs, I’m starting to include one song each week that we enjoy singing in our worship as a family. This week it is, “City On A Hill,” by Nick and Becky Drake from

Ideas for prayer

Please pray:

  • For the presence of the Holy Spirit in believers hearts to empower them for service and witness as we begin to have more contact with people over the coming months.
  • For all those whose places of work will be reopening soon, after it was announced that non-essential shops are to open from June 15th.
  • That people will continue to follow social distancing rules and other rules for as long as is necessary.
  • For those working on a vacine and that a workable and effective one will be found as soon as possible.
  • For the relationships that some of us are building with our neighbours.  We live in a fast paced and mobile world where these relationships are not often nurtured.
  • That as Christians around the world celebrate Pentecost Sunday, they may have a special touch from his Spirit, particularly those who suffer from persecution in their nations.
  • A prayer of thanks to God who has come to dwell in our hearts by his Spirit, staying true to his promise to never leave us or forsake us.

Reflective Song

Thank you to our pianist, Gill, for sharing this song this morning.  She originally wrote it for the wedding of some friends.  She has given some of the background to the song below, to help us as we reflect.

Often we think of worship as our singing songs of love to God, but in Zephaniah 3:17 we are told that God sings over us, that He takes great delight in us and will quiet us with His great love.
This song is of a Bridegroom and Bride, just as Jesus is a Bridegroom returning to claim His Bride the Church. 
Perhaps it would be good to remind ourselves as we listen, that God sings over us, that He delights in us, and allow Him to quiet us with His great love.

Reading and Sermon


The Blessing (1 Corinthians 13:14 NIV)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.