18 - Pentecost

O sing to the Lord a new song

All        for he has done marvellous things.  Alleluia.


Bible reading – Acts 2:1-11

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’



The culmination of the Easter celebration is Pentecost, the gift of the Holy Spirit.  This is when the disciples were kick started into being the witnesses Jesus had called them to be.  Barriers are removed, even those of language.  Some think they are drunk; perhaps they appeared light headed, though being drunk would not account for their new found linguistic ability.  Some regard Pentecost as the birthday of the Church because of the dramatic change in focus from themselves to telling their tale.  This is the day they found their voice to tell anyone and everyone what had taken place.  This is the day that the Easter faith became active and started to change the world.


Risen Lord,

your Spirit breathes new confidence

and life into your disciples.

Pour upon your whole Church your Holy Spirit

that it may live to your praise and glory.  Amen.



            Sing to the Lord, bless his name

All        tell of his salvation from day to day.  Alleluia.