O God, who on this day 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 judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect for the day of Pentecost, BCP p. 227)
Pentecost, the day and the long season over the summer, is an invitation to be Renewed in the Spirit. We open our ears, our hands, our hearts to the breath and fire God has placed in us as we pray for:
a call to serve in new and fresh ways
renewed curiosity about our faith
ears to hear the voices of newcomers and young people, and the needs in our world
new ways to live into our baptismal promises
Small intentional shifts in language and practice in each season of the Church year help us to experience the richness of our Episcopal tradition. In this Pentecost season of the Spirit at Trinity we will:
learn a new tune for the Holy, holy, holy (the Sanctus).
proclaim in the Nicene Creed that God “became fully human” and think about what that means for all people.
focus on the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Prayers of the People.
hear Eucharistic Prayer D tomorrow and Prayer G (from Common Worship Church of England) over the summer, as we experience the blessing of Communion and the Good News of Christ anew.
conclude the service with a Commissioning for our work in the world.
go forth "rejoicing in the power of the Spirit"
We are offering study and prayer opportunities with Spiritual Companions: Thomas Merton, Verna Dozier, Allen Hilton, and Rowan Williams. See the Spiritual Companions piece below for more information about the June book. We pray that our discussions around these books, which offer a variety of ways to live and pray in the Spirit, will inspire you in this season and beyond.
Wear RED on SUNDAY!!! ;-)
Nancy+ and Christopher+