Season of Pentecost
The pouring out of God's Spirit on the followers of Jesus as described in Acts 2: 1 - 4 is often called "the birthday of the church" - the day that a frightened, confused, directionless group were given new life, boundless joy, courage, confidence and renewed energy. This is what we celebrate during the Season of Pentecost.
And the promise was not just for them, but for you!
I give thanks for the Holy Spirit who came to the disciples like fire and wind, so they knew the renewed power in their lives was God's power.
As I come before you today I welcome your Spirit into my life - to forgive, to heal, to strengthen, to dispel all fears and anxiety, and to give me a desire to share your love with others.
Gradually, tentatively, countries all over the world are easing the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Bless all those who have suffered from the virus, comfort those who have lost loved ones. I want to thank you for all who have continued to 'battle' on the front line - care home workers, hospital staff, refuse collectors, researchers, and many more. May your Spirit of healing and comfort be with all of these.
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.
In Jesus' name I pray,