A Prayer for Pentecost Sunday

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Accordingly, one of the ways we did that in our worship service was through a prayer of invocation for Pentecost Sunday, written by Hughes Oliphant Old (Leading in Prayer, 54).  I share it for your use today and beyond, as we ask God to renew us by his Spirit.

Father, Lord of Heaven,
who sent forth your Spirit
to brood on the face of the waters,
who poured out your Spirit
upon the Apostles in the Upper Room,
flashing forth in flames of fire
that the church might come alive
in spirit and truth.

Pour out upon this congregation,
gathered in the name of Christ,
that same Spirit,
that we might come alive in holiness,
that we might become brilliant in purity,
that we might catch the fire of righteousness.

To you be all glory, Eternal God,
Father,
Son, and
Holy Spirit.
One God, from the very beginning,
even now,
and as long as time shall last.
Amen.

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