Posted by: morgan1965 | May 24, 2013

A Pentecost Prayer on Aldersgate Day

In this Season of Pentecost, Spirit of the Living God, come among us and dwell in our hearts. Open the doors of our hearts so that we can receive and savor your love. Open our eyes so that we can see the plight of all your people, especially the poor and the marginalized. Stretch our minds so that we can imagine a world where peace and security prevail for all nations.

Holy Spirit, please give us the courage to open the doors of our churches so that Jesus can come in and break bread with us. We thank you for Jesus who died on the cross for our sins. We thank you for the courageous women who encountered the empty tomb and went out to share the Good News and to tell the resurrection story.

We thank you for the disciples and their friends who tarried in the Upper Room and received the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, help us to understand Peter’s words proclaimed on the Day of Pentecost. Let his courage inspire us in our hearing the Gospel and our doing the Gospel.

Spirit of the Living God, anoint us anew with your resurrection power. Take away our fears and clothe us with your abiding love. In our churches let faith increase. In our families let hope abound. In our fellowship circles, let love abide.

O Spirit of the living God,
Thou light and fire divine,
Descend upon thy church once more,
And make it truly thine.
Fill it with love and joy and power,
With righteousness and peace;
Till Christ shall dwell in human hearts,
And sin and sorrow cease.
[The U.M. Hymnal, #539]

We pray that the Holy Spirit will warm our hearts, as John Wesley’s heart was “strangely warmed” at Aldersgate.

God of grace and glory, we ask that you turn our churches inside out so that we can turn our neighborhoods upside down as we share faith, hope and love. Amen.

[Aldersgate Day is observed annually on May 24 in The United Methodist Church.]


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