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‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,’ says the Lord; ‘and let the one who believes in me drink. For out of your heart shall flow rivers of living water.’   John 7.38

Collect
Almighty God, at the feast of Pentecost you sent your Holy Spirit to the disciples, filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel: empower us with that same Spirit to witness to your redeeming love and draw all people to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Readings

A reading from the book of Esther.      Chapter 2

After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her. 2 Then the king’s servants who attended him said, “Let beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king. 3 And let the king appoint commissioners in all the provinces of his kingdom to gather all the beautiful young virgins to the harem in the citadel of Susa under custody of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; let their cosmetic treatments be given them. 4 And let the girl who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.” This pleased the king, and he did so. 5 Now there was a Jew in the citadel of Susa whose name was Mordecai son of Jair son of Shimei son of Kish, a Benjaminite. 6 Kish had been carried away from Jerusalem among the captives carried away with King Jeconiah of Judah, whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had carried away. 7 Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, his cousin, for she had neither father nor mother; the girl was fair and beautiful, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai adopted her as his own daughter. 8 So when the king’s order and his edict were proclaimed, and when many young women were gathered in the citadel of Susa in custody of Hegai, Esther also was taken into the king’s palace and put in custody of Hegai, who had charge of the women. 9 The girl pleased him and won his favour, and he quickly provided her with her cosmetic treatments and her portion of food, and with seven chosen maids from the king’s palace, and advanced her and her maids to the best place in the harem. 10 Esther did not reveal her people or kindred, for Mordecai had charged her not to tell. 11 Every day Mordecai would walk around in front of the court of the harem, to learn how Esther was and how she fared. 12 The turn came for each girl to go in to King Ahasuerus, after being twelve months under the regulations for the women, since this was the regular period of their cosmetic treatment, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and cosmetics for women. 13 When the girl went in to the king she was given whatever she asked for to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace.
14 In the evening she went in; then in the morning she came back to the second harem in custody of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch, who was in charge of the concubines; she did not go in to the king again, unless the king delighted in her and she was summoned by name. 15 When the turn came for Esther daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had adopted her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was admired by all who saw her. 16 When Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus in his royal palace in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, 17 the king loved Esther more than all the other women; of all the virgins she won his favour and devotion, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18 Then the king gave a great banquet to all his officials and ministers -- “ Esther’s banquet.” He also granted a holiday to the provinces, and gave gifts with royal liberality. 19 When the virgins were being gathered together, Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate. 20 Now Esther had not revealed her kindred or her people, as Mordecai had charged her; for Esther obeyed Mordecai just as when she was brought up by him. 21 In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Ahasuerus. 22 But the matter came to the knowledge of Mordecai, and he told it to Queen Esther, and Esther told the king in the name of Mordecai. 23 When the affair was investigated and found to be so, both the men were hanged on the gallows. It was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.
Hear the Word of the Lord.   

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Psalm 104.26-36

26 Lord, how various are your works: in wisdom you have made them all and the earth is full of your creatures.

27 There is the wide, immeasurable sea: there move living things without number great and small;

28 There go the ships, to and fro: and there is that Leviathan whom you formed to sport in the deep.

29 These all look to you: to give them their food in due season.

30 When you give it to them, they gather it: when you open your hand they are satisfied with good things.

31 When you hide your face they are troubled: when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.

32 When you send forth your spirit they are created: and you renew the face of the earth.

33 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever: may the Lord rejoice in his works.

34 If he look upon the earth, it shall tremble: if he but touch the mountains, they shall smoke.

35 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live: I will praise my God while I have any being.

36 May my meditation be pleasing to him: for my joy shall be in the Lord.

 

A reading from the first letter to the  Corinthians.    12. 1-13

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
May your word live in us.

And bear much fruit to your glory.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John, chapter 20, beginning at verse 19.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
For the Gospel of the Lord. 

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

A homily by Revd. John Baumgardner

A reading from the first letter to the  Corinthians.    12. 1-13

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
May your word live in us.

And bear much fruit to your glory.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John, chapter 20, beginning at verse 19.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
For the Gospel of the Lord. 

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

A homily by Revd. John Baumgardner

A reading from the first letter to the  Corinthians.    12. 1-13

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
May your word live in us.

And bear much fruit to your glory.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John, chapter 20, beginning at verse 19.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
For the Gospel of the Lord. 

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

A homily by Revd. John Baum Gardner

Today is Pentecost Sunday, 50 days after Easter, when the church remembers and celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel reading today was one of the passages that was read a few weeks ago as part of the Easter readings because it told one of the resurrection stories. It’s the gospel set down for today also because of its mention of the Holy Spirit.

Now John’s gospel isn’t a straight out history of Jesus. It’s more a theological interpretation of Jesus. And John told the story this way to explain, or try to explain, the change that came over the disciples. Why ten men, spiritually exhausted, were brought back to life.

God is the one who gives life, ‘new life, sudden, unmerited, irresistible new life’.  (Brueggemann)

Jesus breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’. He wouldn’t be with them in the flesh any longer. They wouldn’t be able to see him or touch him or hear him, but he would still be with them. His continuing presence, although not physical, would change all the situations in which they found themselves and make then unconquerable.

The heart of Pentecost wasn’t the wind or the fire, or the speaking in strange tongues. The heart of Pentecost was God, the love of God, the Spirit of God, the presence of God, taking hold of people and giving them new life, and sending them out as victorious witnesses to his love. The Spirit is God. Not part of God. God isn’t three different parts, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. That’s not what the Trinity is. God is one. And if you talk about the Spirit, you talk about God.

Paul reminded us that in the one Spirit we were all baptised … one Spirit was given to us all to drink. As Christians, he means, we have been baptised with the Spirit. We have been immersed in the Spirit and made living members of Christ’s body. We have all drunk of the one Spirit. We have been filled, saturated, with the Spirit, the presence, the life, the ‘new, sudden, unmerited, irresistible life of God’.

A tree is known by its fruit, said Jesus. Christians and the church are known by the fruit they produce, the fruit of the Spirit. And what is the fruit of the Spirit?  Miracles? Healings? Signs and Wonders? Speaking in Tongues? Ecstatic Experiences? Fantastic success in proclaiming the gospel? No! If those things have anything to do with the Spirit, they are only secondary. The fruit of the Spirit comes first. And the fruit of the Spirit, said Paul, is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, self-control. That’s the fruit of the Spirit and that’s the fruit that as Christians we’re called to produce in our lives.

We are not called to understand all the mysteries of God, but we are called to trustfulness and gentleness and self-control.

We are not called to be rich or influential, or famous, or successful, but we are called to goodness and kindness and patience.

We are not called to have, as Teresa of Avila described it, ‘a whirl of experiences’, but we are called to love and joy and peace.

So, if we live by the Spirit let us also walk by the Spirit, the Spirit that gives life, ‘new life, sudden, unmerited, irresistible new life’.      

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