Pentecost 2001: Catch the Wind – Called to a Prophetic Vocation
A Christian Community
In the Tradition of the Church of the Saviour
Catch the Wind
Called to a Prophetic Vocation
That which has bound us is now loosened. Our dancing feet, our marveling tongues and exuberant hearts are evidence that those who were bound are free. Free from what? From the images we have entertained about ourselves. Or … Pentecost is the moment in which the new Breath which has been breathed into us drives out all the poisonous fumes of negative self-images we have unwittingly inhaled from the world and from each other.
After Fr. Haughey
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: A mighty wind is blowing!
Many: Tongues of fire dance!
One: The gifts are given.
Many: The Spirit is present with us.
All: Prophets, visionaries, dreamers!
Come worship with courage and with hope.
WORD FOR THE CHILDREN
One: A mighty wind is blowing in our land.
Many: Some say it is the Spirit come upon us;
some say that chaos reigns.
One: Our spirits long to fly,
to answer God’s prophetic call
more deeply in our lives and work,
and yet we cling to what we know.
Many: We feel the pressure of the Spirit in our faces,
pushing backwards toward the Source.
One: The Spirit flourishes in wilderness;
we find it close at hand when we are lost.
All: We move into the wilderness together,
listening for the Spirit
in the words we offer one another,
and in the mighty wind.
One: Jesus said: "The wind blows where it chooses,
and you hear the sound of it,
but you do not know where it comes from
or where it goes.
So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Voice 1: We confess to rigidity and practicality
when we choose our work.
Let the wind teach us flexibility and mystery.
One: We confess to being sensible and cautious
when we name our call.
Let the wind teach us abandon and risk.
Voice 2: We confess that we clutch and grasp
to keep a secure position.
Let the wind teach us generosity and loss.
One: The wind blows where it chooses,
and we hear the sound of it,
but we do not know where it comes from,
or where it goes.
INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
One: People of the Spirit, take heart.
The wind that drives the heavens
lifts us up triumphantly into God,
fanning the spark of Soul
that burns incessantly in each of us.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
One: Living God, eternal Holy Spirit,
let your bright, intoxicating energy,
which fired those first disciples,
fall on us to turn the world again.
Thanks be to God! Amen.
Confession: From John 3:8
Assurance: Fox, The Revision of Work, Pg 124.
Benediction: New Zealand Prayer Book, pg 604