Pentecost

& archive, Year B.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You call us to come
To be with you,
And to bear the cost
Of giving up our false self.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear your voice
Help me to follow you in all of life,
To walk in the joy and freedom of the resurrection,
Indwelt and led by your Pentecost Spirit.
Amen

Day of Pentecost

This week, as we make our way again towards the upper room in Jerusalem, the lectionary guide takes us aside to a quiet place. Here, we step out of the “automatic drive” which pushes us into the next event, and pause to listen. It is Jesus we hear: his familiar voice helping us across this unfamiliar chasm.

When the Helper comes – whom I will send to you from
the Father, the Spirit of truth . . . he will testify on my
behalf.
I will send him to you. And . . . When the Spirit of truth comes
He will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on
His own, but will speak whatever he hears . . . he will take
What is mine and declare it to you. (From John 14:26-27; 15:13-14)

This Spirit Helper Jesus is sending will be at work within the world, revealing to people what is really true; helping put wrong beliefs straight about sin, righteousness and judgment. This is part of the work the Holy Spirit is to do. The Spirit is also here to help and companion us: revealing Jesus to us, and helping us know and understand what Jesus said, and what Jesus is still saying.

This is no disinterested and impersonal Spirit. The Spirit who is about to be sent is an integral part of God’s presence and work in and among us, and in the world.

Jesus has offered us guidance, has prepared us as we leave this quiet place and make our way to Jerusalem, the house where the followers of Jesus are gathered for prayer on this day of Pentecost.

As you wait, enter into the Acts 2:1-21 narrative. Be still; listen; look, become aware of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit – to these early followers, and to you.

In what ways do you become aware of the Spirit’s presence and work in your life?
Simon Peter speaks from the prophet Joel who describes some of the ways in which the Holy Spirit signals God’s work and presence:

Like Simon Peter, some men and women will proclaim the Good News of Jesus.
Some will see visions, and others will receive dreams.
All who call on the name of Jesus will experience his help and rescue from
what entraps us in this world.
Some will discover that they speak another language – for the sake of
the kingdom of God, and the ministry of Jesus among us through
the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit indwells us, and is here with us to help, to teach, to companion and counsel, to guide, and to help us remember Jesus.

Prayer before reading:

Lord Jesus Christ,
You come to us
In the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit,
Help me to be aware of how you come,
To be hospitable to your help,
And to your leading in the way of Jesus.

Amen

Season of Pentecost

  • 5/21 Monday: John 15:26-27
  • 5/22 Tuesday: John 16:4b-15
  • 5/23 Wednesday: Psalm 104:24-34,35b
  • 5/24 Thursday: Acts 2:1-21
  • 5/25 Friday: Romans 8:22-27
  • 5/26 Saturday: John 15:26-27
  • 5/27 Sunday: Day of Pentecost: John 16:4b-15; Luke 24:43-50