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Pentecost is brilliantly described in the book of Acts as a dramatic event, with a rushing mighty wind and tongues of fire settling on the disciples’ heads. But the coming of the Spirit into our lives is seldom an instantaneous dramatic event: more often, his voice speaks to us in the silence of our hearts (remember Elijah in his cave?) and we become more aware of his presence and his persistent voice as time rolls on.
The day of Pentecost is not only a time to celebrate the power of the Spirit, but to reflect that all of us who have been baptised have already received his gifts, his grace, his power, his indwelling in our souls – and so, we hope, that these gifts are reflected in our day-to-day lives.
And what are the gifts of the Spirit? S. Paul answers the question in his letter to the Galatians: ‘Love, joy, peace, patience, kindliness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness’. Pentecost is a challenge to take the word of God out from the four walls of the church and to breathe the gifts of the Spirit into the world in which we all – in our separate and necessary ways – live, move, suffer, and have our being.
Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
And lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost thy seven-fold gifts impart.
Praise to thine eternal merit, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Deacon Douglas MacMillan
Collect for Pentecost
God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful
People by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all
things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.