Live Pentecost from Halifax Minster

Live Pentecost from Halifax Minster

A celebration of the festival of Pentecost, the official birthday of the Christian Church, live from Halifax Minster in West Yorkshire.

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Welcome to Halifax Minster, here in the heart of West Yorkshire. Our


title of "Minster" means that our church serves a wide and diverse


community and this beautiful building plays host to many civic


and cultural events, as well as our daily worship. Today we're


celebrating one of the greatest Christian festivals - Pentecost


Sunday, the Church's birthday, 50 days after Easter. Now that Jesus


has ascended into heaven, we celebrate the sending of the Holy


Spirit to earth and renew our commitment to take the good news of


the Gospel out into the world. We're delighted to have you join us


as part of our congregation this morning as we sing together our


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Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ


Jesus Christ, whom we worship, is our crucified, risen and ascended


Lord and we have walked with him through his journey of love. We


have faced the agony of his suffering and death on a cross. We


have rejoiced at his bursting free from the bonds of death. We have


enjoyed his risen presence with us and his revelation of himself


through the breaking of bread. We have seen his return to the throne


before which every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that this


Jesus is Lord. And now, with the followers of his own time, we await


the coming of the promised Holy Spirit, his gift to his people,


through whom we make Christ known Because God was merciful, he saved


us through the water of rebirth, and the renewing power of the Holy


Spirit. But through sin we have fallen away from our baptism. Let


us return to the Lord and renew our faith in his promises by confessing


Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and cleanse me from my


sin. Lord, have mercy. ALL: Lord, Create in me a clean heart, O God,


and renew a right spirit within me. Christ, have mercy. ALL: Christ,


Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from


me. Lord, have mercy. ALL: Lord, have mercy. Almighty God, who


forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver


you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and


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keep you in life eternal. Through Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,


ignite in us your Holy fire. Strengthen your children with the


gift of faith, revive your Church with the breath of love, and renew


the face of the earth, through A reading from the Acts of the


Apostles. When the day of Pentecost had come,


they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came


a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire


house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire,


appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them


were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other


languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews


from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this


sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard


them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and


astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking


Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native


language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of


Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and


Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and


visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs - in


our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of


power." All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another,


'What does this mean?' But others sneered and said, "They are filled


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with new wine.' Hear the word of # Alleluia.


# Alleluia. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people


and kindle in them the fire of your love. ALL:


# Alleluia. # Alleluia. Hear the Gospel of our


Lord Jesus Christ according to John. ALL:


# Glory to you, O Lord. When it was evening on that day,


the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the


disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and


stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you.' After he said this,


he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced


when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.


As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this,


he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If


you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them. If you retain


the sins of any, they are retained." This is the Gospel of


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the Lord. ALL: May I speak in the name of our


living God - creator, redeemer and comforter. ALL: Amen.


A very quick show of hands - how many of you have ever gambled? The


people of West Yorkshire and Halifax, I must say are


astonishingly honest. When I wrote this sermon, I was expecting you


all to sit on your hands and not want to look like a church full of


gamblers in front of the nation, as we are joined by people across the


country in our BBC broadcast today. But a very honest bunch indeed. In


actual fact, we are part of the 73% of the population in this country,


who participate regularly in some kind of gambling. We gamble because


we would like to win. Money represents something to us which we


feel we don't have. And what I think this is is the opportunity to


be ourselves, to really find out who we are and what we can do, to


experience the world in freedom, without economic restrictions and


that this will fulfil us. Each of us is different, what that


fulfilment might look like and where the journey towards it might


lead are different, but most of us think like, and more importantly


act like, money is the magic stuff that will help us to do these


things, even if we do not want to admit it to ourselves. But most of


us do think like and, more importantly, act like, money is the


magic stuff that will help us to do these things and to be these things.


Even if we don't often like to admit it, even just to ourselves.


We understandably look at the world around us, the world we have spent


decades living in, decoding, experiencing and trying to


understand and from it we take this lesson - that this is the way


The apostles used to think that they knew how the world worked, too.


They had decades of experience between them in all sorts of trades


and livings, they had seen clearly how their world, under the Romans,


worked - and most of them had an idea about the best way out - by


finding the Messiah who will free their people to be themselves, to


worship their own way, to make And they found that Messiah and


followed him through challenging and exciting times. They saw


miracles. They heard words of such depth, they have resounded for two


millennia. They saw tables overthrown in temples. They saw the


hungry fed and they saw the lame walk. They saw their beloved friend


crucified and then in wonder and amazement, they experience his


resurrection and ascension, leaving them with the promise of a


comforter. As we are witness to this morning


as we heard our reading from Acts, it's a quite interesting kind of


comfort that has turned up on this day of Pentecost. It's not the


comfy slippers, comfy chair and comfort food, kind of comfort. It's


not a hiding place from the world as it really is, kind of comfort.


It is comfort which expects participation, which demands action.


When the comforter comes it is with wind and tongues of fire. It is


dynamic. And it is totally transforming.


So why did I begin by asking you about your gambling habits? And how


we think great riches can change our lives? We all think we know


that money will not buy happiness. Our celebrity culture gives us more


opportunity than ever to witness the truth of this, but still we


feel that somehow the freedom, the tapbs formation, the empowering --


transformation, the empowering to be ourselves and to be everything


we were made to be, in short, the longing we have to fulfil our


vocation here on earth will somehow be easier done in this way. At


Pentecost, the birthday of the church, we are witnessing to quite


another kind of truth, a truth which comes from a very different


place. It has already been made clear to the apostles, in their


sharing in the living ministry, death and resurrection of their


friend Jesus, that the fulfilment they seek, the fulfilment their


people have long sought is not going to look anything like what


their tradition, their expectation and their cultural experience have


taught them. It's going to be something quite unlike anything


they have ever known before. And now, in wind and flame, God's


spirit, the comforter has come. The comforter, who draws us on and


offers us this transformation, who wakes up the skills and gifts which


already dwell inside us and empowers us to use them, who offers


us the freedom to be who and what God created each one of us to be.


Just as God's spirit is poured out on the apostles, so it will be


poured out on us. In baptism, in sacrament, in the fellowship of


Christ's church, in the love of friend and of stranger, in the


living of active lives, passionate to witness to the truth of God's


love and for this, we don't even need to place a bet or buy a ticket.


Amen. $NEWLINE Our prayers this morning


are read in the Regimental Chapel, and are led by representatives of


our wider community, including the Yorkshire Regiment, West Yorkshire


Police Force, Community Nursing and Lord, we give you thanks for the


sending of your Holy Spirit on this Pentecost Sunday. We pray that your


Holy Spirit will rest on all people of faith, especially your Church in


this land. We pray that the Spirit will lead all churches into


holiness and greater service in your world. Lord, come to bless us.


Lord, we pray for the leaders of the nations. That they may have a


spirit of wisdom, generosity and compassion, for all your people. We


pray especially for the Middle East and the holy city of Jerusalem, for


all those forced to flee Syria as refugees, for all who seek peace


and reconciliation where there is war and hatred. We remember the men


and women of the armed forces and all who work in places of great


danger. Lord, come to bless us. We pray for all those whom we love,


and those who love us. We remember those who may be suffering in body,


mind or spirit. We pray that through the Holy Spirit they may be


relieved of their suffering, and find healing and wholeness in their


lives. We remember all whom we love but see no longer. May they rest in


peace and rise in glory. Lord, come to bless us. ALL: And fill us with


Generous God, you sent your Holy Spirit upon your Messiah at the


River Jordan, and upon the disciples in the upper room. In


your mercy, fill us with your Spirit, hear our prayer, and make


us one in heart and mind to serve you with joy for ever. Lord come to


bless us. ALL: And fill us with Lord of the Church. ALL: Hear our


prayer, and make us one in heart God has made us one in Christ. He


has set his seal upon us and, as a pledge of what is to come, has


given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts. Alleluia. The peace of the


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Lord be always with you. ALL: And Blessed be God, who feeds the


hungry, who raises the poor, who fills our praise. ALL: Blessed be


# The Lord be with you and with thy Spirit.


# Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks


unto the Lord our God. It is right to give thanks and praise. It is


indeed right, it is our duty and our joy. Always and everywhere to


give you thanks, Holy Father, almighty and everlasting God.


# City is our duty and our joy. # Holy Father Almighty and


everlasting God. # Through Jesus Christ, your only


son, our Lord. # This Day we give you thanks


because in fulfilment of your promise.


# You pour out your spirit upon us. # Fulfilling us with your gifts and


leading us towards you. # And many tongues in the


confession of one faith. # Your spirit gives us grace to


call you father. # To proclaim your gospel to all


nations. # And to serve you as a royal


priesthood. # Therefore we joined our voices


with angels and archangels. # And with all those in whom the


spirit dwells. # To proclaim the glory of your


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name. # Blessed is he.


# In the name of the Lord. # Graz that by the power of your


Holy spirit and according to your Helliwell, these guests of bread


and wine might be for us the blood and body of our Lord Jesus Christ.


# Who in the same night that he was betrayed took bread and gave your


thanks. # He broke it and gave it to his


disciples, saying it take it, this In the same way after supper he


took the cup and gave you thanks. He gave it to them saying, drink


this, or review, this is my blood. If it is shed for you and money for


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Of the whole world. Rejoicing in his mighty Resurrection and


glorious Ascension and looking for his coming in glory. We celebrate


this memorial of our redemption. As we offer you this, a sacrifice of


praise and thanksgiving. We bring before you this bread and this Cup


and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence


and serve you. Send your Holy spirit on your people and gather in


to one your kingdom and share this bread and Cup. So that we in the


company of many, Mary the mother of God, John the Baptist and all the


saints may praise and glorify you forever through Jesus Christ, our


Lord. By whom it and in whom, in the unity of the Holy spirit be all


honour and glory, which are yours Being made one by the saviour of


aspirate, so we pray. 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. Lord, we died with you on the cross.


Now we are raised to new life. We are buried in your tomb. Now we


share in your resurrection. Live in Alleluia! Christ our Passover is


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sacrificed for us. Alleluia! There was a lot of sleeping going


on. How does doing the show compare with your sporting career? It can


never compare with the birds you got out of that, can it? We have


really good banter - the three of us and the guests. Sue Barker is


the governor. We have a fabulous time. I have forgotten what the


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# Come, Holy Spirit # Descend on us, descend on us


# Come breath of heaven # Descend on us, descend on us


# We gather here in Jesus' name. # Come, breath of heaven


# Descend on us, descend on us Faithful God, who fulfilled the


promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to


every race and nation the way of life eternal, open our lips by your


spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory through Jesus Christ,


our Lord, amen. Blessed are you sovereign God,


overflowing in love with Pentecost dawns the age of the spirit. Now


the flame of heaven rests of every believer, strong and weak, women


and men tell out your word. The young receive visions. The old


receive dreams. With the new wine of the spirit they proclaim your


reign of love, amid of birth pangs of the new creation, the way of


light is made known. Source of freedom, giver of life,


blessed are you Father, Son and May the God of hope fill you with


all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy


Spirit and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and


the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always. Amen.


A celebration of the festival of Pentecost, the official birthday of the Christian Church, live from Halifax Minster in West Yorkshire. Traditional hymns include Come Down O Love Divine, and the Minster Choirs sing the anthem Holy Spirit, Truth Divine by Andrew Carter. The president is Rev Canon Hilary Barber, and the preacher is the Rev Rachel Firth.

If you'd like to be part of the congregation at Halifax Minster for Pentecost Worship on Sunday 12 June, you'll be made very welcome – please be seated by 09.30 am.

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