Apostelgeschichte 2:4 Hoffnung für Alle (HOF)
4 So wurden sie alle mit dem Heiligen Geist erfüllt und redeten in fremden Sprachen, jeder so, wie der Geist es ihm eingab.
- Have someone READ Genesis 11:1-9
Genesis 11:1-9 (GNT) The Tower of Babylon
11 At first, the people of the whole world had only one language and used the same words. 2 As they wandered about in the East, they came to a plain in Babylonia and settled there. 3 They said to one another, “Come on! Let’s make bricks and bake them hard.” So they had bricks to build with and tar to hold them together. 4 They said, “Now let’s build a city with a tower that reaches the sky, so that we can make a name for ourselves and not be scattered all over the earth.”
5 Then the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which they had built, 6 and he said, “Now then, these are all one people and they speak one language; this is just the beginning of what they are going to do. Soon they will be able to do anything they want! 7 Let us go down and mix up their language so that they will not understand each other.” 8 So the Lord scattered them all over the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 The city was called Babylon,[a] because there the Lord mixed up the language of all the people, and from there he scattered them all over the earth.
When the day of Pentecost came…
5 There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world. 6 When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages. 7 In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, “These people who are talking like this are Galileans! 8 How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages? 9 We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia, 10 from Phrygia and Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene. Some of us are from Rome, 11 both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism, and some of us are from Crete and Arabia—yet all of us hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has done!” 12 Amazed and confused, they kept asking each other, “What does this mean?”
13 But others made fun of the believers, saying, “These people are drunk!”
Please bow your heads in prayer with me:
through your spirit you are repairing the rifts and brokenness in our lives.
Forgive us for trying to be our own gods,
for the times we have put ourselves above you our Creator
and the rest of your creation.
Thank you God for the gift of The Holy Spirit.
Fill us with the Holy Spirit that breaks down barriers,
Barriers of language, culture, and economics.
God as you enabled your followers at Pentecost
to speak to the people that you placed around them,
teach and enable us to speak through your Spirit
to the people you have surrounded us with.
God empower us to speak of you and your kingdom
with such exuberance and abandon
that it may even be confused as drunkenness.
- Facilitator Stands up and Reads the following Loudly and Dramatically. Feel free to walk around the room.
When the day of Pentecost came…
14 …Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles and in a loud voice began to speak to the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, listen to me and let me tell you what this means. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose; it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 Instead, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about:
17 ‘This is what I will do in the last days, God says:
I will pour out my Spirit on everyone.
Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message;
your young men will see visions,
and your old men will have dreams.
18 Yes, even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will proclaim my message.
19 I will perform miracles in the sky above
and wonders on the earth below.
There will be blood, fire, and thick smoke;
20 the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will turn red as blood,
before the great and glorious Day of the Lord comes.
21 And then, whoever calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.’
22 “Listen to these words, fellow Israelites! Jesus of Nazareth was a man whose divine authority was clearly proven to you by all the miracles and wonders which God performed through him. You yourselves know this, for it happened here among you. 23 In accordance with his own plan God had already decided that Jesus would be handed over to you; and you killed him by letting sinful men crucify him. 24 But God raised him from death, setting him free from its power, because it was impossible that death should hold him prisoner. 25 For David said about him,
‘I saw the Lord before me at all times;
he is near me, and I will not be troubled.
26 And so I am filled with gladness,
and my words are full of joy.
And I, mortal though I am,
will rest assured in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me in the world of the dead;
you will not allow your faithful servant to rot in the grave.
28 You have shown me the paths that lead to life,
and your presence will fill me with joy.’
29 “My friends, I must speak to you plainly about our famous ancestor King David. He died and was buried, and his grave is here with us to this very day. 30 He was a prophet, and he knew what God had promised him: God had made a vow that he would make one of David’s descendants a king, just as David was. 31 David saw what God was going to do in the future, and so he spoke about the resurrection of the Messiah when he said,
‘He was not abandoned in the world of the dead;
his body did not rot in the grave.’
32 God has raised this very Jesus from death, and we are all witnesses to this fact. 33 He has been raised to the right side of God, his Father, and has received from him the Holy Spirit, as he had promised. What you now see and hear is his gift that he has poured out on us. 34 For it was not David who went up into heaven; rather he said,
‘The Lord said to my Lord:
Sit here at my right side
35 until I put your enemies as a footstool under your feet.’
36 “All the people of Israel, then, are to know for sure that this Jesus, whom you crucified, is the one that God has made Lord and Messiah!”
37 When the people heard this, they were deeply troubled and said to Peter and the other apostles, “What shall we do, brothers?”
38 Peter said to them, “Each one of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God’s gift, the Holy Spirit. 39 For God’s promise was made to you and your children, and to all who are far away—all whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
40 Peter made his appeal to them and with many other words he urged them, saying, “Save yourselves from the punishment coming on this wicked people!” 41 Many of them believed his message and were baptized, and about three thousand people were added to the group that day. 42 They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in the fellowship, and sharing in the fellowship meals and the prayers.
We are now going to share in one of those Fellowship Meals, in Communion
- Is there anyone who is allergic to bread? (have rice crackers and gluten free bread available)
- When it is time to partake, I would ask you let these people go first.
- We are going to be dipping the symbol of the body of Christ – the bread into the Cup, the symbol of Christ’s blood. The fancy word for this is Intinction.
Words of institution for the bread:
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,
that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed, took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it
- Raise loaf of bread high and break it in two.
and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me”.
Prayer of thanks for the bread
Blessed are you, mothering God.
You made bread to strengthen us;
you gave us this bread
as a sign of your Beloved’s broken body.
Let our sharing in it be a foretaste of the bread that feeds the whole world.
- Pass the bread around and have people each break off a piece. Ask everyone not to eat it yet but to just hold it for later.
- Ask people to say “Body of Christ, broken for you” as the pass the bread to each other.
- pour Grape Juice or Wine into a Cup, Mason Jar, or Goblet.
- Hold the full Cup up high for everyone to see.
Words of institution for the cup:
In the same way he took the cup also after
supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Prayer of thanks for the cup
Blessed are you, mothering God
You made the fruit of the vine to nourish us;
you gave us this cup
as a sign of your Beloved’s shed blood.
Let our sharing in it be a foretaste of the wine
we shall drink in your kingdom.
- Invite people to come forward to share in communion by dipping their bread into the communal cup.
- People with allergies should be invited to come first.
- As people come to the facilitator for communion they should say “Blood of Christ, shed for you” to each person.
Please bow your heads with me,
Blessed are you, bountiful God.
Through this holy meal you have made us partakers of Christ and of one another.
As we go forth, accompany us with your Spirit (of joy): set us free to live what Jesus taught and did.