celtic preayers

The Christian Seasons

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Pentecost

Pentecost is indeed a time of celebration. A celebration
that two thousand years of oppression have failed to extinguish.
God of Pentecost
ALL: Keep alight your fire in our hearts

It's a celebration that remembers the surprise
on the faces of those gathered on that first Pentecost
when they heard your word speaking to their hearts.
God of Pentecost
ALL: Keep alight your fire in our hearts

It's a celebration that remembers the generations of disciples
who have carried the torch of your flame
to the furthest corners of this world in which we live.
God of Pentecost
ALL: Keep alight your fire in our hearts

It's a celebration that remembers the warm feeling in our hearts
when we first heard you speaking directly to us
through your word and your messengers.
God of Pentecost
ALL: Keep alight your fire in our hearts

It's a celebration that not only looks back
but looks forward to all that you are going to do
as we take up the flame of your Spirit and hold it aloft.
God of Pentecost
ALL: Keep alight your fire in our hearts

 

 


 

Pentecost

When was the last time
that we heard the wind of your Spirit
roar through this place?
When was the last time
your fire lit up this room?
When was the last time
we took you at your word
and met together in expectation
of your Spirit filling this place
and these lives with your Glory and Power?
Lord, you challenge us with Pentecost.
Do we believe that this
was a once in eternity experience
never to be repeated?
That the Holy Spirit was poured out
on your followers for a single purpose
and ended His work at that instant?
If so, then maybe that is why the Church
seems so powerless in this age
helpless when faced with the needs
both spiritual and physical
that we see in the world.
Lord, as we meet together
and celebrate once again
the memory of that first Pentecost
may it be for us as it was then
a moment of empowerment
an awareness of your Glory in this dark world
a life changing experience.

 


 

 

We light a candle
and enjoy the flickering light
the fragrance
and warmth it creates.
But without the spark that ignites
there will be no flame
Without the wax
the source of power
the wick will not burn
Without the flame
there will be no fragrance
no warmth, no light.
And so with us, Lord
You are the catalyst that ignites us
and the fuel that sustains us
You fill us with your fragrance
as you enter our lives.
You empower us
to carry your flame in our hearts
To be the fragrance, warmth
and light of your love
in this dark world