It’s the Church’s birthday today!!
Pentecost is the celebration of when the Holy Spirit visited Jesus’ disciples following his ascension into Heaven, and therefore marks the start of the Christian faith.
It was my turn to lead the intercessions in church this morning and I thought it might be a nice idea to introduce the idea of silence and reflection in our communal prayers today rather than following the standard “let’s pray for the Church and the world, and let us give thanks to God for his goodness” type prayers.
I did some research and found a couple of settings of two very traditional Pentecostal hymns, and put them together with some images that would help people pray. I also gave each member of the congregation a paper cutout of a flame that they could use as a focus for their prayers, and asked them to lay them down on a prepared mat in front of the altar as part of their letting go and handing them over to God.
This is the slide show I produced to go along with the period of prayer today and I really hope that if you watch it, you will find yourself moved by the Holy Spirit as we were in church this morning.
God bless you.