Pentecost Sunday (The Seventh Week of Eastertide)

Notable Feast Days this Week:
May 10 - St. Simon the Zealot, Apostle (Eastern Orthodox)
May 14 - St. Matthias, Apostle (Roman Catholic)

Liturgical Color - Red (Pentecost)

Revised Common Lectionary

Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104: 24-34; 35b
Romans 8:14-17
John 14: 8-17 (25-27)


Pentecost Sunday
May 15, 2016
Year C

Themes: It is not our achievements that matter (Gen 11:1-9) but the breath-taking works of the Lord (Ps 104:24-34,35b). Because we are his children and fellow heirs with Christ (Rom 8:14-17), empowered by God, we are able to achieve more than we could ever accomplish by ourselves. Christ has left his peace with us, so we need not be troubled or afraid (John 14:8-17,25-27).

 –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

We celebrate Pentecost Sunday on May 15th!

What is it?

"On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples. Ten days after Christ’s ascension and fifty days after his resurrection, the disciples were together for a Jewish festival also known as the Feast of Weeks, which drew people from many nations back to Jerusalem (Lev. 23:15-21; Deut. 16:16).

Pentecost symbolizes a new beginning, with the unleashing of the Holy Spirit. In celebrating Pentecost, the church expresses gratitude for Christ fulfilling his promise to send “another counselor” (John 14:16); celebrates the work of the Spirit in renewing all of creation; professes confidence in the Spirit’s power for its mission; and grows in awareness of its calling to reach the world with the  gospel.

The 'Season after Pentecost,' is sometimes called 'Trinity Season,' 'Ordinary Time,' or even the 'Season of Growth,' with its focus on growing in the faith, Christian living, stewardship and service."

The traditional color for Pentecost is flame red; white and gold may be used for Trinity Sunday, and green is the color for the growing season of “Ordinary Time.”
-from The Worship Sourcebook and this article from the IOCW

Music and Liturgy Resources for Pentecost Sunday (Cardiphonia)

Psalm of the Week
Scripture Readings

"How many are your works, Lord!
   In wisdom you made them all;
  the earth is full of your creatures...

All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time.
When you give it to them they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
    they die and return to the dust.
When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground..."

Acts 2:1-21
Romans 8:14-17

John 14:8-17 (25-27)
Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Note: The daily readings will be designated as the passages for
The seventh week of/after Easter
Psalm 104 Spotify Playlist
Congregational Hymns: Recordings + Leadsheets
Come, Holy Ghost (Veni Creator Spiritus) Arranged by Bruce Benedict and Ray Mills | Leadsheet | Piano Music 

Creation Song (Glory to the Lamb)
- by Fernando Ortega | Leadsheet

Abbeville (Come, Holy Spirit) - Sacred Harp, arranged by Liz Jaynes | Leadsheet

O Worship the King
- by Robert Grant (1833)| Leadsheet | Guitar Capo Leadsheet | Watch Wendall Kimbrough demonstrate how to play on the guitar with capo.

We Sing the Mighty Power of God - by Isaac Watts, Arranged by Greg Scheer | Leadsheet

Psalm 104 - by Wendell Kimbrough | Leadsheet and Orchestration 

Psalm 104 (Anglican Chant) - Anglican Chant Psalter

Psalm 104 Metrical (Tune: O Worship the King) 

Read about "How to Chant the Psalms"
Commentary on John 14: 8-17 (25-27)
"At all times it is works and actions that we need, not a mere show of words. It is easy for anyone to say or promise something, but it is not so easy to act on that word or promise.… “If you love me,” Christ said, “keep my commandments.” … I have commanded you to love one another and to do to one another as I have done to you. To love me is to obey these commands and to submit to me, your beloved."

Practicing Prayer
Form for Contemplative Prayer (View and Download)
Form for Daily Prayer (View and Download)
Audio Prayer Meditation - Pray As You Go (Listen and Download))
"Songs for the Season" Pentecost Music for Listening

Contemplative Spotify playlist for Pentecost
Pentecost Songs - A collection from Cardiphonia Music

Also, check out these new contemporary releases:
Coral Ridge Music Sacred On Our 
Hope College Chapel Songs of Prayer

*Sacred on Our Tongues includes a new version of the Collect for Purity from the Book of Common Prayer called "Almighty God (Our Hearts are Open)"
Thematic Art (Pentecost)
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