Prayers of the people at Pentecost

Eternal Wisdom

—Life Force

—Creative Energy

—Cosmic Parent and Pentecostal Flame

The Spirit that spins the universe into being and expanding,

creating and recreating, pulsing and inspiring, is manifest in us.

For this life, this energy, this wisdom – we give thanks.


We give thanks for the people and experiences that inspire us:

for friends, for whanau, for lovers and partners

for conversations after lunch;

For meeting new people and learning the languages of other ways of being

we give thanks.


In this season of Pentecost

may the fire and wind, warm us and stir us into action

move us to compassion, inspire us anew.


We hold in our hearts the troubled places in our world:

the ones we see on the news

if their troubles are bad enough

or sufficiently photogenic.


We hold in our hearts the people:

the ones whose nations have been in conflict for years, for generations

the ones we despair of

the people we don’t understand or who we feel our prayers can’t help –


May the Spirit of Pentecost thaw us, fire us up.

Remind us that our prayer, our thoughtful holding in our hearts of others,

begins to heal us, open a crack

that the light of understanding can shine through.


May the wind and fire that inspired the apostles

empower us in service to others and in the healing of our world.

May we speak in tongues that all understand:

loving action, warmth of friendship, justice for all, and integrity:

Loving flame, Comforter, Spirit of truth.



© bronwyn angela white, Wellington (2014)


collages of original photographs © bronwyn angela white