Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And
suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the
entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and
a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to
speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at
this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking
in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who
are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus
and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and
visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs– in our own languages
we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." All were amazed and perplexed,
saying to one another, "What does this mean?" But others sneered and said, "They are filled
with new wine."
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and
all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these
are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what
was spoken through the prophet Joel:
`In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' "
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
25 O LORD, how manifold are your works! *
in wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
26 Yonder is the great and wide sea

with its living things too many to number, *
creatures both small and great.
27 There move the ships,
and there is that Leviathan, *
which you have made for the sport of it.
28 All of them look to you *
to give them their food in due season.
29 You give it to them; they gather it; *
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30 You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
you take away their breath,
and they die and return to their dust.
31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
and so you renew the face of the earth.
32 May the glory of the LORD endure for ever; *
may the LORD rejoice in all his works.
33 He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; *
I will praise my God while I have my being.
35 May these words of mine please him; *
I will rejoice in the LORD.
37 Bless the LORD, O my soul. *
Romans 8:22-27
We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only
the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while
we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope
that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not
see, we wait for it with patience.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the
heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints
according to the will of God.
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Jesus said to his disciples, ”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the
Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also
are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am
going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I
have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth:
it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to
you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong
about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me;
about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about
judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of
truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will
speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will
glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is
mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.