Pentecost Sunday

pentecost6Day of Pentecost (May 24, 2015)

  • First reading
  • Psalm
  • Second reading
  • Gospel
    • John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

      O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
          In wisdom you have made them all.
          The earth is full of your creatures.
      Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
          teeming with life of every kind,
          both large and small.
      See the ships sailing along,
          and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea.

      They all depend on you
          to give them food as they need it.
      When you supply it, they gather it.
          You open your hand to feed them,
          and they are richly satisfied.
      But if you turn away from them, they panic.
          When you take away their breath,
          they die and turn again to dust.
      When you give them your breath, life is created,
          and you renew the face of the earth.

      May the glory of the Lord continue forever!
          The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made!
      The earth trembles at his glance;
          the mountains smoke at his touch.

      I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.
          I will praise my God to my last breath!
      May all my thoughts be pleasing to him,
          for I rejoice in the Lord.

      Let all that I am praise the Lord.

      Praise the Lord!

      On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

      At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem.When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.

      They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome(both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.

      But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”

      Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:

      ‘In the last days,’ God says,
          ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
      Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
          Your young men will see visions,
          and your old men will dream dreams.
      In those days I will pour out my Spirit
          even on my servants—men and women alike—
          and they will prophesy.
      And I will cause wonders in the heavens above
          and signs on the earth below—
          blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
      The sun will become dark,
          and the moon will turn blood red
          before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.
      But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
          will be saved.’


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