Day of Pentecost

Day of Pentecost

Join us as we celebrate the Day of Pentecost. This is an in-person worship service that will be live streamed via Zoom. It will be available to watch on demand via YouTube after the service ends.

Christ Episcopal Church
Day of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist Rite II — 10:00 A.M .

Prelude                                                 “Veni Creator Spiritus”                             Nigel Williams

Opening Hymn                                  “Hail thee, festival day!”                   Hymnal  225 vs 1 & 2


Hail thee, festival day!  Blest day that art hallowed forever,

day when the Holy Ghost shone in the world with God’s grace.

1 Lo, in the likeness of fire, on those who await his appearing,

he whom the Lord foretold suddenly, swiftly descends:


2 Forth from the Father he comes with sevenfold mystical offering,

pouring on all human souls infinite riches of God:


3 Hark! For in myriad tongues Christ’s own, his chosen apostles,

preach to the ends of the earth Christ and his wonderful works:


4 Praise to the Spirit of Life, all praise to the fount of our being,

light that dost lighten all, life that in all dost abide:


The Word of God

Celebrant: Alleluia, Christ is Risen

People: The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia

Collect for Purity

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant: The Lord be with you

People: And also with you

Celebrant: Let us pray

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading: Acts 2:1-21                                                                                Reader: M. Smith

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs– in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: `In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions,and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ “

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord

People: Thanks be to God

Psalm 104:25-35, 37 (spoken)

25 O Lord, how manifold are your works! *

in wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

26 Yonder is the great and wide sea

with its living things too many to number, *

creatures both small and great.

27 There move the ships,

and there is that Leviathan, *

which you have made for the sport of it.

28 All of them look to you *

to give them their food in due season.

29 You give it to them; they gather it; *

you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

30 You hide your face, and they are terrified; *

you take away their breath,

and they die and return to their dust.

31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *

and so you renew the face of the earth.

32 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; *

may the Lord rejoice in all his works.

33 He looks at the earth and it trembles; *

he touches the mountains and they smoke.

34 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; *

I will praise my God while I have my being.

35 May these words of mine please him; *

I will rejoice in the Lord.

37 Bless the Lord, O my soul. *


Second Reading: Romans 8:22-27                                                                   Reader: M. Smith

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord

People: Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn                             “Come down, O love divine”                  Hymnal 516  v.1-3

1          Come down, O Love divine, seek thou this soul of mine,

            and visit it with thine own ardor glowing;

            O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,

            and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

2          O let it freely burn, till earthly passions turn

            to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;

            and let thy glorious light shine ever only on my sight,

            and clothe me round, the while my path illuing.

3          And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,

            shall far out-pass the power of human telling;

            for none can guess its grace, till Love create a place

            wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

The Gospel: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15                          Reader: The Rev. Deacon Kay Drebert

Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said to his disciples, ”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ. 

The Homily                                                                                           The Rev. Elizabeth Ewing

Baptismal Hymn               “You’re called by name, forever loved”              WLP 766 verses 1-2

1          You’re called by name, forever loved a dopted as a child of God.

            Now one with us, the family of those who know and love the Lord.

            Lord in your hands we place your own,

            Lord in their lives make your love known.

2          Marked as Christ’s own, signed by the cross where Jesus for our sins once died.

            With Jesus buried in his death, called to confess Christ crucified.

            Lord in your hands we place your own,

            Lord in their lives make your love known.

Presentation and Examination of the Candidate                                                      BCP  p. 301

Christian John Welch

Isla Margaret Spring

The Baptismal Covenant                                                                                             BCP  p. 304

Prayers for the Candidate

Response: Lord, hear our prayer

Thanksgiving over the Water

The Baptism

Baptismal Hymn             “You’re called by name, forever loved”                WLP 766 verses 3-4

3          Raised to new life, a life of grace set free from sin, in Christ to grow;

            his resurrection to proclaim, his love in all of life to know.

            Lord in your hands we place your own,

            Lord in their lives make your love known.

4          Sealed by the Spirit, Lord of life, sustained and strengthened by his might.

            Joined to the church to share, with us, the inheritance of saints in light.

            Lord in your hands we place your own,

            Lord in their lives make your love known.

The Peace                                                                                                                       BCP p. 358

The Holy Communion

Know that whoever you are, wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith there is a place for you. All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion.

The Offertory                   

Anthem                                “Like the murmur of the dove’s song”                               Alan Smith

            Like the murmur of the dove’s song, like the challenge of her flight,

            like the vigor of the wind’s rush, like the new flame’s cager might,

            come, Holy Spirit, come.

            To the members of Christ’s Body, to the branches of the vine,

            to the Church in faith assembled, to our midst as gift and sign:

come, Holy Spirit, come.

With the healing of division, with the ceaseless voice of prayer,

with the power to love and witness, with the peace beyond compare:

come, Holy Spirit, come.

The Great Thanksgiving (The People Stand)                                                              BCP p. 367

Eucharistic Prayer B                                                                                                    BCP p. 367

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other

occasions as appointed.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People

Holy, holy, holy (Sanctus & Benedictus)(Soloist)[Mathias]                                Hymnal S128

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The people stand or kneel.

Then the Celebrant continues

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love  which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling  of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the  prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your  Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body,  which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with [_____and] all your  saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer (Spoken)                                      

The Breaking of the Bread                                                                                      

All baptized persons are welcome to receive Holy Communion and others to receive a blessing.

Fraction (Soloist)                                                                                                      Hymnal S154

Music at Communion [Organ]       

The Post Communion Prayer     

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed and renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.        

The Blessing 

The Dismissal 

Closing Hymn                                “Go forth for God”                     Hymnal 347 verses 1-4

1          Go forth for God; go to the world in peace;

            be of good courage, armed with heavenly grace,

            in God’s good Spirit daily to increase,

            till in his kingdom we behold his face.

2          Go forth for God; go to the world in love;

            strengthen the faint, give courage to the weak;

            help the afflicted; richly from above

            his love supplies the grace and power we seek.

3          Go forth for God; go to the world in strength;

            hold fast the good, be urgent for the right;

            render to no one evil; Christ at length

            shall over-come all darkness with his light.

4          Go forth for God; go to the world in joy;

            to serve God’s people every day and hour,

            and serving Christ, our every gift employ,

            rejoicing in the Holy Spirit’s power.

Postlude                                           “Joyful Celebration”                                    John Barr

The event is finished.

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