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Pentecost - 31 May 2020

31 May, 2020 Rev David Baker

Pentecost

It’s Happening!

An upbeat rhythmic chorus, most

effective if everyone in the congregation

has a copy of the words and read as

two alternating groups, the words

bouncing quickly from one side to the

other, like a crowd chanting back and

forth, raising the sense of bewilderment

and excitement that comes with the

Pentecost experience.

Group A: It’s happening! Group B: It’s here today!

Group A: This must be it! Group B: Just like he said!

Group A: It sounds like the wind! Group B: It looks like fire!

Group A: It’s in the air! Group B: It’s round your head!

Group A: It comes from where? Group B: It comes from God!

Group A: How did it start? Group B: Nobody knows!

Group A: What will it do? Group B: It breathes new life!

Group A: The spirit comes! Group B: The spirit blows!

Group A: It feels like power! Group B: It feels like love!

Group A: It feels like hope! Group B: It feels like grace!

Group A: It’s in my heart! Group B: It’s in my soul!

Group A: It’s in this hour! Group B: It’s in this place!

Group A: What does it mean? Group B: What do you hear?

Group A: I’ve found my tongue! Group B: I’m bold to speak!

Group A: Are you from Rome? Group B: No, I’m a Jew!

Group A: What gibberish! Group B: That’s perfect Greek!

Group A: What’s going on? Group B: How can this be?

Group A: They’re full of fire! Group B: They’re full of wine!

Group A: We will dream dreams! Group B: See visions clear!

Group A: The prophet’s right! Group B: This is a sign!

Group A: Like wind and fire! Group B: Like kiss of life!

Group A: The promised power! Group B: From heaven above!

Group A: The spirit’s here! Group B: She’s come to stay!

Group A: A seal of grace! Group B: A sign of love!

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)

Sermon - [https://youtu.be/sfW2q0FNmsc]( https://youtu.be/sfW2q0FNmsc/)

Adults video – the Holy Spirit - [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNNZO9i1Gjc](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNNZO9i1Gjc/)

Playlist - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkvRvo473R5jUQkYzU75gFF1T6_2T_Egs

Kids Video - God Sends the Holy Spirit [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMQKy1Mx49M](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMQKy1Mx49M/)

READ

Acts 2:1-21

Today we celebrate Pentecost – the time when we remember and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples in Acts 2. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he promised that this would happen, and there was much celebrating when it finally did. With the gift of the Holy Spirit, all of Jesus’ disciples then and now, are equipped to live and preach the gospel.

TALK

- Pentecost is seen as the church’s birthday. Why do you think that is?

- How do you understand the ‘miracle’ that everyone could understand what was said in their own language

- Pentecost is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Do you believe the Holy Spirit still operates today?

- Do you think you have you experienced the Holy Spirit. What does that look like?

PRAY

Pentecost Prayer

God of the Spirit,

when we are feeling fragile and frightened,

bewildered and confused,

in places that are unfamiliar to us,

send your Spirit into our hearts,

so that we may know

peace and hope today.

God of the Spirit,

when we are overwhelmed with joy,

and carried away with our enthusiasm,

when we believe that

all things are possible,

send your Spirit into our hearts

so that we might make wise choices

for your kingdom.

God of the Spirit,

when we begin to recognise

that our church is bigger

than our congregation,

that your kingdom expands beyond

the limits of our town and city,

send your Spirit into our hearts

that we might work in unity

with all God’s people.

God of the Spirit,

when the world sees the church in action,

and is astounded by our ability

to serve with a smile,

or when those doubters and confounders

of God’s holy truth

are confronted with our holy joy,

send your Spirit into all our hearts

and make all things new.

Material adapted from Spill the Beans, Issue 7 © 2013 Spill the Beans Resource Team [www.spillbeans.org.uk](http://www.spillbeans.org.uk/)

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24 May 2020 - Paul, Silas and the Jailer

24 May, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

People on a Journey – Paul, Silas and the Jailer

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)

00:00 - Intro

00:47 - Thanksgiving and Confession

03:10 - Bible Reading

6:26 - Sermon

Sermon - [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6kCId0ho_g](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6kCId0ho_g/)

Worship Playlist (link doesn't work on android app) - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkvRvo473R5iDyvg0rs4y0QmWp_ViSoK_

Kids video - Paul and Silas in Jail (Acts 16:16-36) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtV2PV9n3cY

READ

Acts 16:16-34

Today we learn about a time when Paul and Silas were placed in Jail, and a jailer was saved. Paul and Silas had been preaching, teaching, and healing and were thrown into Jail by some people who did not like it. In Jail, they prayed and sang hymns, and when an earthquake hit and released them from their chains, they didn’t escape, but stayed. The Jailer was afraid he would get into trouble, but when he saw them still there, he asked “how can I be saved?” Paul and Silas told him to believe in Jesus, and when he did, his whole family believed and were baptised.

TALK

- What do you do when people annoy you?

- Can you think of a situation where you have been rescued or saved from something? What did it feel like

- What do you think salvation means?

- Does being a Christian make life easier or harder?

- Do you believe that the kingdom of God is here on earth now?

- Where do you see signs of God’s kingdom here on earth?

- What do you think heaven looks like?

PRAY

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Confession

Powerful God,

when your words rock the foundations of our world,

and joyful hymns of praise spill forth from our mouths,

and the Good News of Jesus is heard in our streets,

homes and churches where we live, then your will is done.

When we stop hiding behind our church walls,

and are seen living out our faith each day,

when we make the Gospel known by our lives of prayers,

and acts of Christ-like service, then your will is done.

When we offer thanks and praise for all that you do in our lives,

and recognise what kind of things we might be able to do together,

then your will is done.

When we are willing and able to confess that we have done wrong,

the broken promises to you and others, then we know that your will is done.

When we are able to admit the times that we are wrong,

and to look at new ways of living and doing.

When we can confront our own prejudice and hatred,

then we know that your will is done.

When we rely on your strength alone, and trust in your promises in our life,

when we can see you in the midst of adversity

and experience your hope in our sadness, then we know that your will is done.

When we see all people as other members of your family,

recognise the diversity of the world in which we live,

and drop the judgmental attitude of pharisaic holiness,

then we know that your will is done.

When our lives are marked by more hopefulness than despair,

and our willingness to display love outshines our selfishness,

then we know that your will is done,

and the world will also know that you are a powerful God.

Material adapted from Spill the Beans, Issue 7 © 2013 Spill the Beans Resource Team [www.spillbeans.org.uk](http://www.spillbeans.org.uk/)

FAITH5 © Faith Inkubators. All Rights Reserved [www.faithink.com](http://www.faithink.com/) [www.faith5.org](http://www.faith5.org/)

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17 May 2020 - Lydia

17 May, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

People on a Journey – Lydia

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)

Sermon: [www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dCetB1qkms](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dCetB1qkms/)

Playlist (Won't work on Android App): www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkvRvo473R5hVAzPEoAyxnfHWgl4KcPzr

Kids: [www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_kSpELCiCs](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_kSpELCiCs/)

READ

Acts 16: 9-15

In today’s reading we learn about the next part of Paul’s missionary journey. Next to the river in Philippi while looking for a place of prayer, they find a group of women with Lydia, a dealer of expensive purple cloth. They talk, and when the Lord opened her heart, Lydia responded to Paul’s message. Her and her household are baptised and then they invite Paul back to their home.

TALK

- Why did Paul go to Philippi?

- Have you ever had a sense that God was telling you to do something?

- How do you experience God?

- What do we know about Lydia?

- Do you believe in co-incidences?

- Share a recent co-incidence that has happened to you.

- Some people believe that God is behind co-incidences. What do you think?

- Is there anything new you have started this year?

- What changes have you had to make to fit it in?

- Where does Jesus fit in to your life right now?

PRAY

Prayer of Praise

God of great adventures, you have called us to service,

to go to places we have never heard of and to do things for you

we could not believe were possible.

You, O God, chose ordinary men and women to be your disciples.

You chose children as examples of trust and openness.

You chose people with different personalities,

skills and outlooks on life.

We praise and thank you God, for making us what we are.

We praise and thank you, for the godly potential that is in us,

to do your will and to transform our world.

We praise and thank you for the journeys and the places

where we are called to serve you.

We praise and thank you for the doors that you open

and the doors that you close behind us.

We praise and thank you for the people who help to

take us on these journeys, our worship leaders,

inspirational Christians, pilots, bus or train drivers,

taking us to our destinations.

We praise and thank you for meeting our needs each day,

for food, drink and shelter, for our friends, fellow disciples

and people whom we serve.

Bless us all today in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Loving God,

we come before you now and we confess our sins and our failures.

We confess that we missed opportunities to serve,

because we did not like the look of the people that needed us.

We confess that we have judged others by the clothes that they wear,

their skin colour, or the language that they have used.

We confess there have been times when we have hidden away from you,

and remained in our own comfort zone.

We confess that we have contributed to the mess our world is in,

by choosing to do nothing, say nothing, try nothing,

and we plead that you will make us more practical,

more vocal, more active, in your Kingdom ways.

Forgive us our sins. Have mercy upon us.

May your Holy Spirit open up our mind, heart and soul,

and renew in us a clarity of vision and a hope, that will make us

worthy to be called your people.

We ask all these things

in the name of Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Material adapted from Spill the Beans, Issue 7 © 2013 Spill the Beans Resource Team [www.spillbeans.org.uk](http://www.spillbeans.org.uk/)

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