FRANKLIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
We are a community of believers called by God to live humbly in the spirit of Christ and to act as His voice and hands in our world.
Our ministries and missions emphasize worship, prayer, study, hospitality to others, and care within our congregation. We are focused especially on the issues of poverty in our community and the world around us through projects and programs aimed at addressing the needs of those who are hungry and without enough clothing or adequate shelter, and those suffering abuse.
suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it
filled the entire house.”
Acts 2:1-21: It is the day of
Pentecost. The disciples of Jesus along
with Jews from every nation on the face of the earth are gathered in
Jerusalem. Then, with a mighty wind, the
Holy Spirit shakes the foundation where the followers of Jesus are gathered, descends
upon them, and empowers them to speak and the others to hear. And thus the
church is born. The Holy Spirit is our
experience of the dynamic, powerful, near presence of God. Our settled arrangements and our status quo
are disrupted and transformed whenever the Holy Spirit comes to us, opening up
new visions and taking us new places.
Litany For Pentecost
Holy Spirit, Creator, in the beginning you
moved over the waters. From your breath
all creation drew life. Without you, life turns to dust. Come, Holy Spirit!
Holy Spirit, Counselor, by your
inspiration, the prophets spoke and acted in faith. You clothed them in power to be bearers of
your Word. Come, Holy Spirit!
Holy Spirit, Power, you came as fire to
Jesus’ disciples; you gave them voice before the rulers of this world. Come, Holy Spirit!
Holy Spirit, Sanctifier, you created us
children of God; you make us the living temple of your presence; you intercede
within us with sighs too deep for words.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Giver of life, you guide and make holy the church you create; you give gifts —
the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude,
the spirit of knowledge and piety, the spirit of the fear of the Lord, that the
whole creation may become what you want it to be. Come, Holy Spirit!
True and only Light, from
whom comes every good gift: Send your
Spirit into our lives with the power of a mighty wind. Open the horizons of our minds by the flame
of your wisdom. Loosen our tongues to
show your praise, for only in your Spirit can we voice your words of peace and
acclaim Jesus as Lord. Amen.