Blessing to you on the Feast of the Pentecost. It’s been 50 days since Easter (not counting Sundays) and we celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit all those years ago. We celebrated inside for the first time in my tenure at St. John’s (at least in my recollection). Every year from 2011 through this year we’ve been able to worship outside and have our potluck luncheon as a picnic. Alas, the weather just wouldn’t behave and we made for higher and drier ground. But that didn’t change the celebratory nature of our Sunday – as we hope you had a celebratory Sunday too.
Interestingly, this Sunday seems a little harder than last to gather thoughts in worship. The reading from Acts told about the coming of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of the believers all those years ago. We also heard Paul and the psalmist talk about those who are led by the spirit are children of God. But the focus of the sermon for today was found in John’s gospel – trying to answer the request offered by Philip – to see God. We are reminded that the nature of being a believer is founded on the truth of Jesus and God being intimately related; and that through the disciples we become intimately related to Jesus and God. That is the true story of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17, 25-27