Pentecost Sunday | Year A

Empowering God,
you gave the church the abiding presence of your Holy Spirit.
Look upon your church today and hear our prayers

Holy Spirit, Creator,  
in the beginning you moved over the waters.
From your breath all creation draws life.
Without you, life turns to dust. 
Bring to mind the places where you have created life this week.
Bring to mind the places of chaos where you continue to move
Bring to mind the promise of your presence moving among us

You hear us calling,
You hear us calling,
Abba Father.

Holy Spirit, Counselor,
by your inspiration, the prophets spoke and acted in faith. 
You clothed them in power to be bearers of your Word.
In the quiet of this moment, counsel us
as to where we have lived out of our brokenness
and caused harm to You, to ourselves, to others, to the earth. 
Holy Spirit, hear our prayers of quiet repentance.


You hear us calling,
You hear us calling,
Abba Father.

Holy Spirit, Sanctifier, you created us children of God;
you make us the living temple of your presence; 
you intercede within us with sighs too deep for words.
Bring to mind ways to seek reconciliation in relationships that are strained or broken.
Give us the strength and courage to follow through.

We remember that your church
was born in wind and fire,
not to sweep us heavenward like a presumptuous tower,
but to guide us down the dusty roads of this world
so that we may lift up the downcast, heal the broken, reconcile what is lost,
and bring peace amidst unrest.
Come, Holy Spirit!

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Come, Holy Spirit,
fill our lives with your presence—
so that more and more every day,
all that we do and say and hope
will be an act of worship to you and an expression of love to others,
to the glory of your name.

Grant that, gathered and directed by your Spirit,
we may confess Christ as Lord
and combine our diverse gifts with a singular passion
to continue his mission in this world
until we join in your eternal praise. 
All of this we ask in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy.