Spiritual formation and contemplative prayer practices, like reflective reading of scripture, enable us to slow the pace of our busy minds and lives. … It’s astonishing how many words and images we encounter each day, all competing for
our attention. It is more important than ever to find time when we may be called into praise and hope for victory over life’s challenges. We receive this gift in worship with others. Worship invites us into
reflection on our own life through scripture, exhortation of the Word, prayers, hymns, and support of the community. We emerge refreshed
and ready for the week ahead.
—Dwight H. Judy, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in holy splendor.
—1 Chronicles 16:29 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and
the glory, forever. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Day of Pentecost
- Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
- John 20:19-23 or 7:37-39
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