Today’s service continues our Easter witness series. Our reading is taken from Acts 2: 1-4 as we look at Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. The service is designed to be used in conjunction with the order of service email earlier but also available to download here.

 

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Call to worship

In Ezekiel 3:23 we read, “And the glory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar river, and I fell face down.” We will be looking at the conversion of Saul today, who fell to the ground when a bright light from heaven flashed around him. He heard the Lord speak to him, let’s pray we hear the Lord speaking to us today.

Opening prayer

Almighty God, as we celebrate your salvation in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and in the power of the Spirit, set us free to worship you in Spirit and in truth. Open our ears to your Word and our hearts to your service; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Opening song

Welcomed into the courts of the king (Fall face down)

Confession

Lord Jesus, in your love you invite us to be your friends: we confess that we ignore your invitation.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, in your joy you choose us to go and bear fruit: we confess that we are not as fruitful as we’d like to be because of the weeds of sin in our lives.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, in your power you send us to be your faithful witnesses: we confess that all too often we are reluctant to go.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

This is the Lord’s gracious word to you. You are forgiven. Now follow as Jesus leads you by his Spirit. Amen.

Bible reading Acts 9: 1-9, 17-19 (NET)

9 Meanwhile Saul, still breathing out threats to murder the Lord’s disciples, went to the high priest 2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, either men or women, he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he was going along, approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 So he said, “Who are you, Lord?” He replied, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting! 6 But stand up and enter the city and you will be told what you must do.” 7 (Now the men who were traveling with him stood there speechless, because they heard the voice but saw no one.) 8 So Saul got up from the ground, but although his eyes were open, he could see nothing. Leading him by the hand, his companions brought him into Damascus. 9 For three days he could not see, and he neither ate nor drank anything.

17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, placed his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, his strength returned. For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus,

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Reflection

U-Turns (Saul conversion)

Song

All I once held dear, built my life upon

Prayers of intercession

Father, your Son Jesus called people to leave the past behind them and to follow him as his disciples in the way of the cross. We pray for all new followers of Jesus.

Father, your Son told his disciples not to be afraid, and at Easter breathed on them his gift of peace. We pray for the world at this time of unrest and disease; give it that peace and healing for which it longs.

Father, your Son sent the Spirit and at Pentecost the disciples went out and preached the gospel and healed the sick. We pray for all those who yearn to hear the good news of salvation, and pray you would renew among your people the gifts of healing.

Father, your Son formed around him a company who were no longer servants but friends, and he called all those who obeyed him his brother and sister and mother. We pray for our families and our friends and upon the communities in which we share.

Father, your Son promised to those who followed him that they would sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel and would share the banquet of the kingdom. We pray for those who have walked with Christ in this life and now have passed through death into your eternal presence.

All these things we pray in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Closing song

Holy Spirit, living breath of God

Closing prayer and blessing

Lord Jesus Christ, just as you called Paul to your service and to preach the good news to the world, strengthen us to witness to your grace and love in the power of your Spirit. Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you and all whom you love, this day and for evermore. Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.