June 8, 2014
Acts 2: 1-21
Jesus tells the disciples to wait and they will receive the power of the Spirit..
Well here it comes!
This is what we celebrate on Pentecost!
This is one of the most exciting Bible texts there is..
the power of the spirit comes – and it comes as fire, wind, words…
It comes with the power of fire –
bright red and orange flames,
fire which blazes and crackles,
burns, spreads, and engulfs;
the power of the spirit is like the power of fire.
The Spirit comes with the power of wind –
wind which can strike hard and strong like a cold Arctic blast
or as soft as a warm gentle breeze;
wind which comes out of nowhere and goes where it may;
wind which we cannot see;
the power of the spirit is like the power of wind.
The Spirit comes with the power of words –
words which are spoken in many languages;
words which are shared and understood by all people, everywhere;
words which carry power not only because of what they mean
but also because of by whom they are spoken;
words which are bold and daring, faithful and true;
the power of the spirit is like the power of words.
Some say Pentecost marks the birth of the church
but Jesus says it is the birth of power!
Your power and my power.
“Power to the people!” God says at Pentecost.
At Pentecost we have been given the power to witness to what God has done for us;
At Pentecost we have been given the power to witness to what God has given us;
At Pentecost we have been given the power to witness to what God has made us.
Sadly, too often we shy away from this power.
We hear too many stories about the abuse of power.
We hear of those who betray positions of power.
There are leaders who steal and leaders who kill;
leaders who neglect and abuse;
leaders who ignore and forget.
But this Pentecost, we will reclaim the power that has been given us!
And we will practice this power here – among friends.
this represents the Spirit.
We cannot control the Spirit.
In a moment I will throw this ball,
and no one knows exactly where it will go.
No one knows to whom it will go.
When it comes to you – catch it.
Catch the power of the spirit…
and be bold!
Proclaim to us; witness to us; share with us
You can read a piece of good news written on the ball,
or share with us something God has done in your life this week;
Share something you’re thankful for;
share with us someone you’d like for us to pray for;
tell us a something extraordinary or puzzling or delightful that God has put on your heart this week;
Shout it out!
We have been given the power of the Spirit – the power of fire, of wind, of words – let’s use it!
And then toss the ball on to someone else…
No one knows where the Spirit blows…
Can we shy Lutherans act like Pentecostals this one Pentecost?!
- God loves you no matter what you’ve done – that’s called grace
- You are never alone
- The joy of the Lord is my strength
- Jesus came in the midst of storms to bring peace
- The body and blood of Christ is given for you today
- You have been forgiven
- Jesus came for the lost and the least, the lonely and the little
- Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world
- You have been blessed to be a blessing for others
- I believe in Jesus Christ, truly God and truly human
- Jesus knows what it is like to have been betrayed by a friend
- One day swords will be turned into plowshares
- You are a child of God – no matter how old you are!
- God knows you by name
- God weeps when we weep
- Do not worry about anything for God knows what you need
- For the beauty of the earth we thank you God
- For rocks and trees and skies and seas; God’s hands these wonders wrought
- God has a plan for you – a plan for good and not for ill
- God says we are like treasures in clay pots
- Nothing shall separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus
- You have been baptized, marked with the cross of Christ forever.
- We love because God first loved us.
- God is love.
- I see Jesus when I see you.
- Because he lives, we shall live also
- When Christ shall come, with shouts of acclamation, and bring me home, what joy shall fill my heart
- Jesus said, feed my lambs, tend my sheep
- Jesus was once a refugee
- Jesus enjoyed the company of tax collectors and prostitutes
- Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, Jesus said
- Even though I walk through the darkest valley, you will be with me; your rod and your staff will comfort me