Today's meditation comes from Rev Heegon.
Spirit of God,
I reluctantly but humbly open to your presence in my life.
Fill me with your wind and fire gently,
that I might be enlivened again.
Help me hear the words clearly as it is for the first time.
Give me visions and dreams
of what you long for in your creation,
that I might begin to live them into reality.
come now and forever,
come into my worship,
into my family,
into my very self. Amen.
Hymn "Spirit of the Living God"
Read - John 14:26 (NRSV)
26 But the Advocate,[a] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
In comparison to Christmas and Easter, the Christian festival of Pentecost has a remarkably low profile in the Church. The event of Pentecost, however, is one of the greatest, watershed moments in Christian history and accordingly deserves to be fully honoured.
Celebrating Pentecost was different this year. While some were very disappointed at not being able to celebrate in person at church. And we have experienced distance from our church family. The Zoom service was great but it was not the same as being together at church on Sunday!
This is an opportunity to experience the work of the Holy Spirit in new ways.
Yet, the Holy Spirit breathed new life and purpose into the room where the disciples gathered, and it quickly spread far beyond their dreams. On this Pentecost season, we too can experience the Holy Spirit breathing new life and purpose into us as we figure out how to navigate what lies ahead in very uncertain times.
However, the Gospel of John reports that before Jesus died, he assured the disciples that they would never be alone: “26 But the Advocate,[a] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26).
Furthermore, wind, fire, surprise, strange of languages, promises fulfilled, dreams, visions, gifts given and received, and most of all the Spirit—these are all parts of what make up the Pentecost experience, not only for the first-century church, but for us as well. We need to experience the power and gift of the spirit that may have been lost through familiarity.
Let the rush of the mighty wind be felt, the flames seen, and the visions and dreams happen as we celebrate the gift of the Spirit in our midst and in our lives.
Prayer and Lord’s prayer
Mighty and gracious God,
It is with gladness that I am now in Your presence,
bringing to You the grateful heart.
I adore You, creator and sustainer of all things,
giver of every good and perfect gift,
for the numberless blessings I have experienced in our lives,
for Your goodness and mercy
that have followed us all my days.
God of overflowing generosity,
I praise You for the supreme gift of Your love in the coming of Your Son,
our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,
and for the God You have shown us to be in Him.
Today I remember with joy
the coming of the Spirit from the risen,
ascended Christ of Pentecost, upon me:
dispelling my fears,
clearing my vision,
equipping me for mission.
Here I am today,
with the same Spirit of Pentecost
minister grace in these ways to me too.
May my heart and life be open
to the wind of the Spirit,
the giver of life,
that I may be energised to live more faithfully
as members of your coming kingdom
and as joyful witnesses to the good news of Jesus Christ.
In Christ’s Name, I pray as he taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”
Hymn “Come down, O Love Divine” –
Closing Prayer -
Lord help me to live out boldly
as the Pentecost people,
filled with the Spirit,
and seeing visions of God's possibilities.
knowing I am beloved and blessed
by a God who never leaves me alone. Amen.
Wake, but do not move to begin with. Be aware of yourself, the air going in and out of your lungs, be aware of your senses and what they are telling you, feel the aches and pains of life that were dulled a bit by rest.
Give thanks, because all you feel means you are alive, the world is better for you being in it.
Take a moment to think of ONE positive thing you will try to do today.