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On Pentecost Sunday 2020, after my sermon, we played this brand new song (written by Steve Stockman and Jonny Fitch... performed by Jonny Fitch... lead guitar by John Trinder... a three minute summary of that sermon... and then prayed the prayer below...

 

 

God

Here we are on Pentecost Sunday

All together

Yet all in different places 

And uneven spaces

Lord, we are united across geography

From British Columbia to Alberta to Ohio 

From Holland to England, Scotland Wales

Back to Ireland and home to Fitzroy Belfast

Lord we together in Jesus

But…

Some of us are only children loving the space, with our daughters at home, loving this time

Some of us are older, alone and feeling the isolation

Some of us are children and a little bored

Some of us are parents trying o juggle homeschooling and work

Some of us are under pressure in business

Some of us are enjoying the breather

Some of us are students under pressure

Some of us are going through labour alone while our husbands wait in the car park

Some us are teenagers and missing adolescent adventure

Some of us are grieving and having to do it at a distance

Some of us are enjoying nature, reborn

Some of us don’t want to go back to what life was like before

 

Lord, we come before your Holy Spirit

Together in uneven spaces

And we are anxious, confused, uncertain, wondering, hoping, loving

So on this Pentecost Sunday

Lord blow a bonfire in a hurricane through us

Revive us, refresh us, reorientate us, reboot us

Lord, the great ideas of Jesus’ alternative ways

Cost him his life

Lord toss that wild idea everywhere

Holy Spirit inspire a new human strain

Of mercy, humility, equality, justice and grace

Lord blow away the vacuous straw of urgent joyless chaff

And nourish Christ like ambition, values and selfless love

Lord purify us, 

Forgive us Jesus

When we made you safe and nice

Dying and being raised to life for nothing more than a few petty little habits

Lord forgive us when the world looks at your Church

And sees plodding, predictable platitudes

Instead of a full force gale of goodness, kindness and hope

Lord here we are on pentecost Sunday

Together in different geographical places and eleven coronavirus spaces

We offer ourselves

Blow through our fears

With fearlessness

Like a bonfire in a hurricane.

In Jesus's name

Amen.

 

you can watch the entire service HERE ON FITZROY TV

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