Call to Worship
Leader: The prophet asks: Can our soul-weary bones
People: O God, you know!
Leader: We ask: Can we dance again after mourning, loss
People: O God, you know!
Leader: The gift is sure and unmistakable:
People: Godís breath poured out as new life for
Leader: Let us celebrate the gift of Godís new life
People: And come to worship God in laughter and
Song: Breathe , Spirit of the Living God, O Breath of Life,
Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
Multimedia Presentation: A Prayer to Spirit God
Spirit-Breath of God
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
At the original Pentecost event something extraordinary was
reported to have happened to the disciples of Christ. Something
changed them from the inside out and there were even descriptions of a
physical manifestation such as tongues of fire and a miracle of
The two most common words used for spirit in the Bible are the
Hebrew ruach and the Greek pneuma.
Ruach means breath, air; wind; breeze; and spirit among others
The idea that "wind," "breath" and "spirit" are so closely related
that they share the same word may seem strange to modern people,
however, this explains a lot of things. For instance, when God
breathed into Adam's nostril he became a living being (Gen 2:12). The
breath of God is the very spirit that animates human beings.
Ruach is also the word used in Ezekiel 37 which describes
the resurrection of an army of men slain in the desert.
The Greek Pneuma is the equivalent of the Hebrew ruach.
In Luke 4, where Christ read from Isaiah 61, the account substitutes
pneuma for the Hebrew ruach in referring to "the Spirit
[ ruach/pneuma ] of the Lord."
Theologically speaking, every living human person thus has the spirit
of God dwelling inside. Our very breath, our very spirit comes from
our Creator. However, on the day of Pentecost, the disciples received
a special endowment of God's Spirit--a phenomenon that lies at the
very heart of the nature of the Church of Christ. This endowment of
the Spirit is supernatural. Paul associates it with the gifts of the
Spirit including the gift of healing, working miracles and speaking in
tongues (1Cor. 12).
Jesus made it clear to the disciples that the
same spirit that dwelled in him was now going to be in the disciples
as well. ( And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and
said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit [ pneuma ] '
The same power that conquered the grave was now to dwell in his
followers to empower us overcome whatever challenge may come our way.
Let us take courage, let us believe in the power of his Spirit in our
lives. With God all things are possible, even those things that seem
unconquerable. Please join me in a prayer of confession.....
Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New
Testament Words, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1985, p.
Prayer of Confession
Almighty God, breath of life, your power goes far beyond our own, and
still act as though the pains of this world have a final claim
We give in to the
despair and hopelessness of death, not trusting in your ability to
call forth new life from the tombs of our lives.
Forgive us for
doubting your power to raise up new life in the midst of all the
deaths we experience.
Forgive us, and
open our eyes to the wonder of new life sprouting into being in our
Wind Who Makes All Winds That Blow, Filled with the
Spirit's Power, Same Power, Come Holy Ghost Our Souls Inspire.
Come out! Jesus calls
And entices us into a world filled with grace and possibility.
So: Go out!
Into a world that needs our life, our breath, our spirit!
Into a world that needs the Spirit of God, carried on our lips
and in our loving arms.
Into the world to live as Godís resurrected people!
Go out: and go on the breath of Godís holy wind!