The day of Pentecost was an annual feast day of the Jewish calendar that followed the Feast of Firstfruits, a “week of weeks” (i.e., seven weeks or forty-nine days), and was referred to as the Feast of Weeks (cf. Lev. 23.15-22). The term “Pentecost” means fifty, since it was the fiftieth day after the initial feast of the Firstfruits (Lev. 23.16).With the disciples together in one place, a manifestation came from heaven, a “sound like a mighty rushing wind,” filling the house where the 120 were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each of them, and they were all filled with the Spirit, speaking in other tongues, as the Spirit gave each utterance.Jews scattered throughout the Roman empire were in Jerusalem for the feast, heard the 120 speaking in their own tongues the mighty works of God, and were amazed and puzzled, conjecturing on what it might mean. Peter, with the eleven, lifted up his voice and declared that this manifestation was not evidence of drunkenness or any such thing. Rather, this manifestation was what the prophet Joel declared would occur in the last days: God would pour out his Spirit on all flesh, with your sons and daughters prophesying, young men seeing visions, old men dreaming dreams, with even servants having the Spirit poured on them and prophesying. Wonders would be seen in the heavens before the day of the Lord comes, that “great and magnificent day,” with everyone calling on the name of the Lord and receiving salvation.On Pentecost, Jesus’ promise of the Father came to pass on the early Christian community in Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit of God descended upon the believers, the Church was born, and the Gospel proclamation to the lost of this age began.
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
~ Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Conference of Bishops, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, p. 142)
Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, Amen.
Te Deum Laudamus
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)
Glory be to the Father, And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, Is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen, amen.
*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).
Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.
Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.
Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord's Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
--Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)
Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
~ Elizabeth Goudge, A Dairy of Prayer (Storey, p.190-191)
Affirmation from the Psalms
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!  Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!  Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!  For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
~ Psalm 100.1-5
Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
Holy Spirit of God, gift from the Father above, fill us, complete us, and make us like Christ.