This Sunday marks Pentecost, the beginning of the new world of God’s Kingdom; this is described in Acts 2. 1-4, when, ‘suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.’ For the disciples, whose focus was originally in Israel, the infilling of the Spirit enabled them, ‘And you will be my witnesses…. to the ends of the earth.’
Lord our God
We thank you that the Holy Spirit has been here from the beginning
Moving over the waters of creation, bringing light out of the darkness
Order out of chaos, to breathe life into us who were formed in your image.*
The Spirit calls us into Church, and into prayer (Acts 4.23) God’s Grace works powerfully to equip us to witness for him where he has placed us and with the individual gifts the Spirit has given us. We are all different and yet God puts us together in Christ as part of the same ‘body’ each with different gifts according to the grace given to us. Romans 12.4-8.
We pray wherever we are now in our homes, and wherever we are on our journey with God,
that we are open to the leadings of the Spirit.
We thank you that you sent your Holy Spirit as our comforter and guide
Lord we ask that your Spirit in us grows and that we discover the gift of your grace.
Let us use the gifts you give us in humility and love to serve in the Body of Christ.
Let the fruits of the Spirit be seen in our lives Lord and let us be who you meant us to be
Your people, Your Church, as a witness to your glory.
And we say together the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name,
Thy will be done,
Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom the power and the glory for ever
There is still so much we do not understand about God. Yet he remains unchanged and is still God the Creator who by his Spirit brings order out of chaos, calls things into being, breathing new life into them.
This year it is the fiftieth birthday of the Society, Religion and Technology Project of the Church of Scotland. This project is successfully modelling an enriching and valued interaction between science and faith communities. * Very Rev. DR. Angus Morrison. Orwell and Portmoak.
But the context of religion is a great background for doing science. In the words of Psalm 19, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God’: thus, scientific research is a worshipful act, in that it reveals more of the wonders of God’s creation.’ Arthur Leonard Schawlow.
We thank you God for our technologists and scientists as they labour to extend the frontiers of knowledge and to apply the results of research to the challenges and needs of our time.
The Church of Scotland, along with other churches throughout the UK, invite us to join together in a prayer each Sunday at 7pm. This can be found on the bulletin and on the Church of Scotland website.