Pentecost Prayers of Intercession

Here we are gathered together as the disciples were, celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit, and we reflect that when the Holy Spirit comes things are changed.

Holy Spirit, you are like a rushing wind.
A strong wind blows things around, breaks and smashes things, throws them up in the air. Things are out of control and can be quite scary.
Dare we allow God’s rushing wind into our lives?
It might change our plans, challenge us to see things with new eyes, push us into new situations, or show us a new path.

Lord, help us to be brave enough to say, ‘Come Holy Spirit.’
Come, Holy Spirit. 

Holy Spirit, you are like tongues of fire.
Fire burns and cleanses. It can destroy and new growth can come. The disciples were set on fire with God’s love.
Dare we allow ourselves to be set on fire with God’s love?
It might make us welcome the stranger, walk the extra mile, be extra generous, offer our time, or speak of God to others whom we meet.

Lord, help us to be brave enough to say, ‘Come Holy Spirit.’
Come, Holy Spirit. 

Holy Spirit, you are like a dove.
Doves are symbols of peace and reconciliation. With peace comes a sense of acceptance, a letting go of conflict, forgiving others and accepting forgiveness.
Dare we allow ourselves to find that peace?
It might lead us to speak to the person we avoid, to mend fences, to be a reconciler and a healer in difficult situations.

Lord, help us to be brave enough to say, ‘Come Holy Spirit.’
Come, Holy Spirit. 

Holy Spirit, you are like water poured out.
Water cleanses. It can be still or turbulent.  It can refresh dry places and bring new growth. It can quench our thirst and longing.
Dare we allow ourselves to be drowned in the water of the Spirit?
It might restore and refresh us.  It might toss us around so we briefly lose our footing, but then pick us up again and throw us back onto dry land. As the psalms say, it might bring us to a place of still waters, or we might be washed whiter than snow.

Lord, help us to be brave enough to say, ‘Come Holy Spirit.’
Come, Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit, you are like a healing touch.
Your touch can change everything, transforming, blessing and holding.
Dare we ask for that healing touch?

We name those we have been asked to pray for...
May they know the Holy Spirit’s healing touch.

We remember those who have died recently whose year’s mind falls at this time...

Come, Holy Spirit, renew your Church and stir up your people.
In place of fear, give us courage to go where you call us.
In place of apathy, give us a passion to proclaim.
In place of shyness, give us the right words to speak.
In place of reticence, motivate us to deeds of love.
Send us out as labourers in the harvest that, through our words and lives, our nation may hear afresh the Gospel of salvation.
Amen.

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