Prayer for Pentecost

cropped-pentecost-front.jpgO 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.

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Pentecost

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Day of Pentecost (May 20, 2018)

Acts 2:1-21  •  Psalm 104:24-34, 35b  •  Romans 8:22-27 •  John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

Romans 8:22-27 New Living Translation (NLT)


This Sunday is Pentecost. In recent years, churches have celebrated Pentecost by throwing a party and in many ways, Pentecost needs to be celebrated, because it really is the birthday of the church universal.  Many Jews were in Jerusalem – 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection. It was the Feast of Weeks, or the Feast of the First Fruits.  Jesus had told his disciples, which numbered at least 120 to tarry (or to stay) in Jerusalem until the promised gift arrived.  During the Feast of Weeks, the disciples were gathered in an upper room (I wonder if it was the same upper room where Jesus had his last meal with the 12,) and they were praying.  As they were praying, the Holy Spirit came upon them and they – as Jesus promised – became witnesses to the power of God and they told their story – in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the rest of the world.  

For our text today, I want to focus on the last two verses in our reading for today. The reason for celebrating Pentecost in our culture today is because of the work of the Holy Spirit.  Listen to what Paul writes:

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

Have you ever been in the place where you know you are to pray, but you don’t know what or what for?  It is the Holy Spirit who works in our lives. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.  Sometimes it’s hard to comprehend that the Holy Spirit would take our random thoughts and pray to the Father – intercede to the Father on our behalf.  Without that, living the Christian life would be difficult at best.  As I think about it, I know that I need a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit in my life.  I think all of us need it – because we leak.  Today, as we celebrate Pentecost, let us pray for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday Night Thoughts

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I only wish our sunset was going to look like the picture above.  At the moment I am staring at the hill across the road and the top is covered in fog.  It’s been a rainy weekend here in the Brook.  In better news, Spring has literally burst into bloom.  There is green to be seen everywhere and the flowering trees are blooming as well.

Happy Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day and it has been a good day.  We were going to go out for dinner for Pam yesterday but our son was sick.  We will do that tomorrow night after everyone is done with work.  Pam did a wonderful job preaching this morning – knocked the ball out of the park.  In case you didn’t know it, you are God’s masterpiece.  The video is below.

The school year is quickly wrapping up which means our bus driving will wind up here in a couple of weeks.  This week we get to go to Buffalo for our monthly pastor’s meeting and I will be leading a short musical worship set.  I always enjoy doing that for my peers.

On Friday night, we had a fantastic night of musical worship at Emmaus Road.  It was interesting because as I thought about the songs I picked, I wanted to change them.  But it turned out they were the right songs for the night.

That’s about all I have for tonight.  Have a great week.

Prayer for the Week

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O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.