Notable Feast Days this Week

May 14 - St. Matthias, Apostle (Roman Catholic)
May 15 - Isaias, Bishop of Rostov, 1090
May 16 - Brendan the Voyager, Abbot of Clonfert, 577
May 17 - Andronicus and Junia, Romans 16:7 (Eastern)
May 17 - Ascension Day (Eastern Calendar)
May 19 - Dustan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988
May 20 - Lydia of Philippi, Acts 16:14 (Eastern)
May 20 - First Ecumenical Council convened, 325
May 20 - Pentecost 

Revised Common Lectionary

Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Daily Readings (RCL)
Liturgical Color - Red

----------- Pentecost Sunday ----------- May 20, 2018 (Year B)
Counselor, Comforter
God raises the dead and offers us the promise of resurrection (Ezekiel 37:1-14). The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness, interceding for us (Romans 8:22-27). He is our counselor, our comforter (John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15). May the glory of the Lord, who made all things, endure forever (Psalm 104:24-34, 35b!)"
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
The Day of Pentecost (May 20)
"Ten days after the ascension of Christ and fifty days after his resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples on the day of Pentecost. In the first century, Pentecost was already an established 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 ..." 

"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."
-from The Worship Sourcebook and this article from the CIOCW
Psalm of the Week
Scripture Readings
How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all...All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time...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...I will sing to the Lord all my life...

Psalm 104, Ezekiel 37Acts 2
Romans 8, John 15

Commentary on Psalm 104 
AugustineCalvinSpurgeon, and Wikipedia
Ezekiel 37:1-14
The dry bones live

Romans 8:22-27
Praying with the Spirit

Acts 2:1-21
Filled with the Spirit

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Christ sends the Holy Spirit

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
Pentecost Resources
Articles and Quotes
Art Poetry
Practicing Prayer
O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. -The Book of Common Prayer
Contemplative Prayer (View and Download)
Morning Prayer (View and Download)
More Resources for Daily Prayer
Spotify Playlist
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn suggestions for the Pentecost Sunday (Year B) from 

Hymns related to Psalm 104 from

Psalm 104 | by Wendell Kimbrough | Leadsheet and Orchestration 

For the Beauty of the Earth | Words and music by Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917 / Arranged by Trevor McMaken, 2012 | Leadsheet

Come, Holy Ghost (Veni Creator Spiritus) | Arranged by Bruce Benedict and Ray Mills | Leadsheets

Veni Sancte Spiritus | Taize Community | Leadsheet

Come, Spirit, Come | by Wendell Kimbrough | Chord Chart

Creation Song (Glory to the Lamb) | by Fernando Ortega, based on Ps. 104 | Leadsheet

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

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

Psalm 104 Metrical Options

Psalm 104 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Song for Pentecost and the Holy Spirit | Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Ancient Commentary on John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
"The Lord promised to send the Comforter who would join us to God. For as a compacted lump of dough cannot be formed of dry wheat without liquid, nor can a loaf possess unity, so, in the same way, neither could we, being many, be made one in Christ Jesus without the water from heaven. And as dry earth does not produce fruit unless it receives moisture, in the same way we also, being originally a dry tree, could never have produced life-bearing fruit without the voluntary rain from above." -Irenaeus
Ascension Art 
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