28 May 2023
Bible readings for today
you have filled your people with the Spirit
who rested first on your Son
and united us in your Church;
open the channels for your Spirit
that we may freely work together,
and your kingdom and your rule increase;
for the glory of your holy name.
E te Matua,
kua whakakīia e koe tāu iwi ki te Wairua,
i tau tuatahi ai ki runga i tāu Tama,
ā, i whakakotahitia ai mātou ki roto i tāu Hāhi;
whakapuarengia mai ngā tatau ki tōu Wairua
kia wātea ai mātou ki te mahi tahi,
kia piki ake ai te rahi o tōu rangatiratanga me āu tikanga; mō te korōria o tōu ingoa tapu.
Pentecost (Acts 2: 1-21)
The Day the church was created, as God sends the Holy Spirit to encourage and empower the disciples.
We have a team of school chaplains for this Pentecost conversation, which means that the talk zeros in on the practical. Those who work daily among young people go straight past theoretical discussions of the being or coming of the Holy Spirit, to focus on the Spirit's work in us: both bringing us peace and justice, and urging us out into the world to bring them to others. Gillian (St Hilda's), John (King's Prep) and Mannie (Hadlow) join Michael for this sometimes surprising Pentecost discussion.
Last year's Gospel Conversation!
This week Michael hosts a discussion with Gillian Townsley (St Hilda's and Otago University); Jenny Dawson (a past ministry educator and present spiritual director from Wellington Diocese) and Alec Clark (previous Duendin Diocese Ministry Educator). Together they start to untangle some of the complexities of John's story of the coming of the Spirit. (From last year's reading)
A reflection on Pentecost from Rev. Scottie Reeve, shared in lockdown.
What you need:
Popcorn , Popcorn maker / microwave, Recipe for coloured popcorn
Talk about what happened at Pentecost. Then show them some popcorn, talk about how the disciples were like this popcorn before Pentecost. When God sent his Holy Spirit, like the warm air in this popper, look what happened to them! They exploded! We all have loads of exciting possibilities inside us, we just need God, Jesus and the Holy spirit to let it all burst out.
Prayer for Pentecost
Here’s an all-age prayer for Pentecost written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Practicing Families.
For all of the ways you speak to us –
in rushing wind,
in dancing flames,
in words we understand,
and in all that transcends language,
we give thanks.
Give us courage to speak your love,
everywhere we go,
to everyone we meet.
Game: What country am I from?
You will need
White sticky labels and a pen.
Write the names of a different country on each of the labels.
What to do
A couple of Pentecost images from Rev. Sarah West at Visio Lectio
Make a Pentecost Candle, with hello written on it in twenty-one languages (Source: Sun Hats & Wellie Boots)
Pentecost Flame Hats
You will need
You could get the children to write as many ways of saying hello in different languages that they can.
The BibleProject has some great resources to help unpack the whole story - particularly placing Pentecost within the context of Acts. They also have a podcast episode on this: Pentecost and the Expected Unexpected Spirit
Jesus appears to his disciples (John 20:19-23)
After Jesus' death, his disciples were hiding in a locked room for fear of the Jewish leaders. Jesus appeared amongst them, and said "Peace be with you". He showed them his hands and his side, and they were overjoyed. He breathed on them, and said "Receive the Holy Spirit"