Worship at Home

Worship for 31st May 2020


Sunday 31st May 10:30 AM

(or whenever you wish)

This week’s message has been prepared by Rev Romeo Pedro, with many others joining him from their homes to contribute to today’s act of worship.

Today is Pentecost, celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. 
Don’t forget to call someone if you have arranged to share worship, or perhaps call someone afterwards if you prefer.

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Sing along to the Lockdown Song

Opening Prayer

Cup your hands and then say:

Come Holy Spirit, come. (English)

Njoo Roho Mtakatifu, Njoo. (Swahili)

Huya Mweya Mutsvene, Huya. (Shona)

Kom Heilige Geest, Kom. (Dutch)


Hymn: Breathe on me breath of God (StF 370)

Breathe on me, Breath of God;
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love,
and do what thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
until my heart is pure,
until with thee I will one will,
to do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
till I am wholly thine,
until this earthly part of me
glows with thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God;
so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life
of thine eternity.

Edwin Hatch (1835–1889)

Prayer of Praise and Confession (Play Video)

Tunakusifu, Mungu wa kushangaza, kwa utofauti mzuri katika ulimwengu wako:

(We praise you, amazing God, for the wonderful diversity in your world:)

kwa rangi na sauti,

(for the colours and the sounds,)

kwa viumbe na wadudu,

(for the creatures and the insects,)

kwa mila na tamaduni,

(for the customs and the cultures,)

kwa lugha na muziki,

(for the language and the music,)

kwa kubwa na ndogo,

(for the vast and the tiny,)

kwa vijana na wazee.

(for the young and the old.)

 Asante, Mungu, kwa kila mmoja wetu, sawa, na bado, tofauti sana.

(Thank you, God, for each one of us, so alike, and yet, so different.)

Loving Jesus Christ, for the times we have blocked the flow of your love, we are sorry. For when we could have spoken out, but instead kept silent, we are sorry.

Keep a silence, then say these words:

Forgive us, Loving God, and make us channels of your goodness, today and always.


Listen to: Ubi Caritas (StF 783)

Ubi caritas et amor,
ubi caritas, Deus ibi est.

(Where there is charity and love, God is there.); Taizé Community

Acts 2:1-21 

The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’ 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’

Peter addresses the crowd

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘“In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

John 20:19-23 

Jesus appears to his disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’

Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Today's Message

Dear friends, the believers were all together in one place, having fellowship and waiting in faith and obedience to their Lord’s command (Luke 24:49).

Then suddenly a sound like the rush of a mighty wind and tongues as of fire appeared resting on each of them individually. They were then all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, sharing freely with each other.  Those gathered there could all hear the gospel being preached in his/her language.

This takes us back to the Babel story in Genesis 11: 1-10 where people were estranged and divided because they could not understand each other’s language. The confusion of tongues in the story of Babel was seen as judgement from God. But here in Acts it means that the gulf dividing people from one another can be bridged by the Holy Spirit. At the end of Acts 2 we are told that the gift of the Spirit resulted in a united fellowship, worship, prayer and neighbourliness.

Let us look at 2 lessons that we can learn from the Pentecost experience:

The Spirit unites and reconciles

I think that Pentecost demonstrate that God’s Reign crosses boundaries and brings all people together into one, welcoming community. The challenge for us as we read this story is that, like the first disciples, we are called to be part of God’s welcoming, boundary crossing mission.  We may not speak in other languages, but we do need to learn to step into the shoes of others, to learn to communicate with them in ways that they will understand. And, of course, the most universal language is that of love. How can you communicate through the language of love today? God comes to ask us, to plead with us, to speak a language that conveys a message of love and compassion. A language that says, “We see you. You are welcome. You are home.”

What a gift this could be to the world today.

The Spirit empowers

As a result of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the disciples became aware of a new inward power which completely changed their whole outlook. They became aware of the Spirit as a Power, because of the promise of Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you”. It is in this spirit of power that they were to spread the gospel: “and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth”.  It was this Spirit that made it possible for them to live obediently and to proclaim the gospel courageously. It is this same Spirit who is with us during these challenging times. Amen!


A prayer for others

(follow below as you watch the video)

As you pray, I encourage you to take an A4 paper and a pen – doodle or scribble or draw symbols of your prayers. Use it during the week ahead, to remind you of your conversation with God.

Response said after each sentence:
Holy Spirit, hear us.
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Loving Jesus, we pray for those shaken by bad news…

We pray for those shaken by the breakdown of a precious relationship…

We pray for those shaken by the death of someone they love…

We pray for those shaken by the onset of illness…

We pray for those shaken by all they see happening in the world…

We pray for those shaken by loss of confidence…

We pray for those shaken by the message of Pentecost…


We invite you to share your drawing with us on Facebook if you wish.

The Lord’s Prayer

(please pray in your mother tongue or listen to it in another language)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.


Hymn: Teach me to dance (StF 477)

Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart,
teach me to move in the power of your Spirit,
teach me to walk in the light of your presence,
teach me to dance to the beat of your heart.

Teach me to love with your heart of compassion,
teach me to trust in the word of your promise,
teach me to hope in the day of your coming,
teach me to dance to the beat of your heart.

You wrote the rhythm of life,
created heaven and earth;
in you is joy without measure.
So, like a child in your sight,
I dance to see your delight,
for I was made for your pleasure,

Let all my movements express
a heart that loves to say ‘yes,’
a will that leaps to obey you.
Let all my energy blaze
to see the joy in your face,
let my whole being praise you,
praise you.

Graham Kendrick (b. 1950) and Steve Thompson

A Prayer of Blessing

The Lord bless us and keep us,
make His face shine upon us, and be gracious to us.  The Lord turn His Face toward us
and give us peace.


Thank you to everyone who contributed to this act of worship.

The message & order of service leaflet by Rev’d Romeo Pedro
Translations by Mary Nyanaro, Maama Adu and Tawanda Taderera.