Pentecost in Practice
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love.
When you feel an inner urge to be kind, constructive, forgiving or compassionate, that’s the Spirit at work in your heart. When you settle down to pray, that’s the Spirit bringing you into the world of God.
When you take up a demanding task because you feel it is the right thing for you to do, that’s the Spirit. When you’re searching with others for the best thing to do in a difficult situation, that’s the Spirit using you as a spokesperson.
When you find yourself watching out for the needy, that’s the Spirit. When you protest against injustice or falsehood, that’s the Spirit protesting in you.
When you stand for gospel values and try to be inclusive , that’s the Spirit.
When you experience deep-seated joy without any special reason, that’s the Spirit.After all, we have high connections, we belong in the best of company.
We are VIPs who truly share God’s DNA! Once you begin to catch on, you find that the Spirit is everywhere. You begin to attend to your inner promptings, asking, ‘Is this a nudge from the Good Spirit?’Life takes on new colour, and ceases to be boring and predictable. You become free to dance with the Spirit.
ignite within us a fiery passion
for your mission in the world today.
Warm us by the Spirit’s dancing tongues of flame,
that we may feel your kindling blaze within,
urging us to do your greater good.
Make us wholly present to experience a new birth,
and awaken possibilities within us
to share your love in the world.
In this love and abundance,
we come to celebrate your harvest—
a harvest bearing the first fruits of the Spirit
Show us how to use these gifts,
as we listen for your truth
in the gentle breeze of your Spirit. Amen.