Worship At Home, Pentecost Sunday

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with Corpus Christi Church

Pentecost Sunday

 

Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your
current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present
religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, age, background,
race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…you are
invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the
Catholic Community of Corpus Christi.
Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts.
There is a place for you here.

 


Opening Song

Send Us Your Spirit:

 

Opening Prayer

We come together today in recognition of your calling,
your invitation to share in your creative and healing work.
Help us to discover your word and will for our lives.
With heavy hearts,
we lay before you all our burdens, concerns, mistakes, and difficulties.
Cleanse us, O God,
and restore in us a heart in which charity and compassion have replaced anger and hurt.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,
but they were confused
because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,
“Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,
as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

Psalm

Spirit Wind:

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Brothers and sisters:
No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.
As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

Gospel Acclamation:

 

 

The Gospel

Fr. Patrick Kennedy:

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
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.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


Homily

Fr. Patrick Kennedy:

Growing up in St. Paul, we seldom locked the doors to our house. We only buttoned up tight, windows closed, bikes stowed away, garage doors down and doors locked when went off to the lake for a few weeks each summer. Otherwise, entry to our home was pretty free and easy. And it wasn’t only us who kept our doors unlocked. Most of our neighbors did the same thing.
All of this changed one day. There was a violent murder of a woman in Highland Park. Her five kids went off to school, her husband went to work While she was alone, in her house, with doors unlocked, somebody came in and killed her. Her murder sent shock waves of fear throughout the city of St. Paul, especially to all the mothers who stayed at home like many mothers back then did. I remember my mother, scared along with all the other mothers in neighborhood announcing we would begin to lock our doors during the day and at night too. The fear created that day, changed the freedom we had to come and go and not worry about being intruded upon.
We read in the Gospel today, the disciples are in the upper room. The doors were locked where they were, for fear of the Jews whom they thought might be searching for them to kill them like they did Jesus. Distracted, fearful, worrying about what might come next, Jesus appears to them, all of sudden, standing in the middle of the locked room where they were. There is no chastisement, he doesn’t take them task for their unbelief. He simply says to them “peace be with you.” Then he passed on his Spirit them. Each receiving it in his own way. He further gives them the gift of mercy. First his own to them. And after they receive it, they give it to each other. Then, he tells them to share it generously with those who need it the most in the world they are about to enter and serve for the rest of their days.
Over the few months we have been told by government officials to stay home. Places we frequented without thought, all of sudden were locked up and shuddered until further notice. Including the Church we go to for community, spiritual enrichment and nourishment which sustained us for our daily lives. Because it came swiftly, and without notice, we became afraid. First, would we get sick and die? Would somebody we loved and cared for fall ill and die too? Our fears drew us inward. It filled the crevices our minds. As outward doors to life were slammed shut and locked so were the inner doors of our minds and hearts. Ironically, it seemed to provide us a safety that the uncertain times around us could not. We not only feared the virus, we feared the loss of what was familiar and seemingly certain and now we were no longer sure of it or ourselves.
It is in these locked places of our minds and hearts where if we open our eyes of faith we see standing in our midst, the Risen Christ. Maybe surprised, like the disciples he got though our locked doors, we are overwhelmed by his care in hour of need. To us who see him, he says Peace be with you! They are words that have a living and vibrant meaning. The fears, the uncertainties, the lack of control over our present situation all begins to melt slowly away.
He reminds us his Holy Spirit is still present to us. Animating us to recapture our own spirits so in these times we can be Spirit to and for each other.
Like the disciples, he gives us the gift of mercy. He holds nothing against us. Our lack of faith, our diminished hope, our inability to love freely with our locked and shuddered hearts are no concern to him. By offering us his peace, he showers us with his mercy. He extends it hoping we will receive it. He knows when we do and we allow its healing affect to open our hearts and minds to his love, we will begin to do it for others.
Many generations ago, after Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room, one by one, got up and first, unlocked the door of the place they were. Fear no longer had a hold on them. They went out into the streets and began to do what Jesus did for them. They gave people his peace. They shared his Holy Spirit with them. They offered them mercy in the same way Jesus offered it them. And a new day began for the disciples, for the people they served and for the Church they were beginning to create in the name and living presence of the Risen Christ who remained with them and now us through Holy Spirit.

 

 

Another Reflection

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, a favorite liturgy for many as we know our Corpus Christi community has many gifts of language, representing the gathering of nations which is a great witness. The word Pentecost comes from the Greek word for the fiftieth day and brings the Easter Season to its conclusion, but it also is referred to as the birthday of the church because before Pentecost, there really was no church. Yes, there is the arrival of the Spirit, but the Spirit is present throughout the Bible starting in Genesis. This time the Spirit turned a bunch of frightened, confused people into church. There was a rush of wind, tongues of fire, and then suddenly there was courage, and knowledge, direction, and commitment. The bestowal of the Spirit authorized the disciples to continue the mission of Jesus. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Just like with a forest fire, the tangled undergrowth of fear, anxiety, and timidity was cleared away and the new life of the church was germinated, took root and has been growing ever since across the world in every language. A reminder that the birthday of the church is not a building, it was the people ignited with excitement and sent out to share the Good News. The Spirit takes a body of individuals and transforms them into the body of Christ, the church. Think of Pentecost as a verb, not a noun, and with it we are transformed to take action out in the world.
First and foremost, the church starts with the people, accompanying each other in life, then they create spaces to gather and be in community. This same Spirit blew through the windows at Vatican II and ignited new life in the church, and there is still work to be done there. Today, we have another opportunity for transforming growth as the church in a challenging world. The current restrictions on gathering challenge to us to rethink what it truly means to be the church. How shall we continue to grow in our faith? Are we stuck on what we cannot do, afraid to see where we are being led? What blessings can be found in virtual worship? How does sitting with the Scriptures speak differently to me? How can we meet the needs of those around us while maintaining a safe distance? What are we being called to today? The Spirit is always working and calling us to action. Our works, actions, and prayers today help us live out our love of neighbor. There is plenty to be done. This same Spirit orients us outward rather than inward, towards service to God and others. We are propelled to share our gifts with each other to build up the church in faith, hope and charity wherever we are. How can we cooperate with the Spirit? First there is an invocation “Come, Holy Spirit.” Three powerful words that acknowledge the need for the Spirit’s intervention and the openness to accept the guidance the Spirit brings. There are prophets in every age, the ones through whom the Spirit has spoken. Their words come from insight more that foresight. They speak less about what will be, and more about what can be right here, right now. We too can be that voice when we listen and find that presence, union, and oneness. It can happen when we find our vocation and we know that we are living the life to which God has called us and a voice reassures us saying, “this is your place.” It can be in moments of joy-filled creativity when we wonder, “Where did that come from? How did I do that?” It can be the soft voice in the midst of sorrow and loss that says, “I am here. It won’t be easy, but you will be ok.” and somehow we have the strength to get us to the next day. It can be the voice of compassion that enables us to care for another. It can be a word of encouragement that points the way, a word of truth that causes us to turn around, a word of peace we embody as a reconciled relationship. Pentecost moments are when we know God is not just with us or around us, but within us and we are somehow different, more real, more alive, and made more whole. Start simple by taking time to allow the Peace Jesus offers to echo in your mind and heart. Breathe it in and let the word Peace fill your body. It is a constant promise of Jesus and as you receive this gift, send this Peace in a prayer to those who may sorely need prayer today. From there you can respond to the changes the Spirit may be calling you to today. The building may be closed, but the church is open, alive, and sent out working in the world. Come, Holy Spirit!

 

 

Reflection Song

Spirit Blowing Through Creation:

We are providing two versions of the sheet music for your convenience, a “tall” version (probably better for phones and tablets) and a “wide” version (probably better for computer screens):

Tall:

Wide:

 

 


Profession of Faith

Let us profess our faith:

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,          
born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Amen.

 


Prayers of the Faithful

PRESIDER:
We have been sent out to bring hope and peace to the world.
Let us pray for minds and hearts open to inspiration,
so that we may continue the work Jesus came to do.
LECTOR:
For the gift of wisdom:
May we rise above challenges, scandals, and power struggles to recognize where the Holy Spirit is at work in the church beyond our doors…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of understanding:
May we see things from another’s point of view and recognize how the Holy Spirit is calling us to live…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of right judgment:
May we know the difference between right and wrong, advocate for those with no voice, and choose to follow the Holy Spirit…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of courage:
May we speak up with a gracious tongue and turn to prayer when faced with challenges and struggles…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of knowledge:
May we find understanding and meaning in what the Holy Spirit reveals to us in the Gospel…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of reverence:
May we be filled with peace and fulfillment while humbly serving others…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of wonder and awe:
May we be filled with tears of joy in the amazement for the works of the Holy Spirit, who is ever-present…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For our vulnerable populations:
the elderly, the homeless, the physically compromised, and the those on the front lines: Sustain their bodies and spirits…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For the sick and those who will leave us this day.
We remember those who have died, especially, George Floyd…

(PAUSE)

Grant peace and eternal life to all who have gone before us in faith…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

 

PRESIDER:
Gracious God of life,
we are ever in need of renewal as individuals,
as a church,
and as a community.
Open us to the Spirit’s power.
May we recognize and employ the gifts you have given each of us to help renew the face of the Earth.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 


Closing Prayer

God of all our moments, our days, and our nights.
You speak and you act in the world around us,
not only to call people to you,
but also to direct and guide us in faithfulness and truth.
May we go in peace to love and care for one another in Christ’s name,
and may God, who believes in us,
Christ, who laid down his life for us,
and the Holy Spirit, who gives us breath day by day,
bless us with a gentle heart, a discerning mind,
and a spirit eager to share God’s love
both now and forever more.
We pray in the words Jesus taught us:

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 the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

Amen.