Sunday, May 12, 2013

Blogging toward Sunday

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We celebrate Pentecost on Sunday, May 19th. In preparation, read John 14:8-17 and Acts 2:1-21. Then spend some time meditating on these questions:
  1. What does it mean to you that on the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came to reside within all believers?
  2. In what way did some doubters explain the extraordinary behavior of Jesus' followers?
  3. How do you see the Holy Spirit at work in our church today?
  4. How do you see the Holy Spirit at work in your own life?
May the following "Blessing for Pentecost," written by Joyce Rupp encourage you on your journey toward Sunday.

May the enthusiasm of Spirit leap incessantly within you and help you to live a vibrant life.
May the warmth of Spirit's fire be extended through your concern and care for all those who need your love.
May the blaze of Spirit's courage enable you to speak the truth and to stand up for respect, dignity, and justice.
May the undying embers of Spirit's faithfulness support you when you feel spiritually dry and empty.
May the strength of Spirit's love sustain your hope as you enter into the pain of our world.
May the clear light of Spirit's guidance be a source of effective discernment and decision-making for you.
May Spirit's patient endurance be yours while you wait for what is unknown to be revealed.
May the steady flame of Spirit's goodness within you convince you every day of the power of your presence with others.
May the joyful fire of Spirit dance within you and set happiness ablaze in your life.
May the spark of your relationship with Spirit catch afire in the hearts of those with whom you live and work.
May you be mindful of the Eternal Flame within you. May you rely on this Source of Love to be your constant ally and steady guide.

As always, I look forward to worshiping you with you Sunday. This week I especially look forward to our wondrous celebration of Pentecost.



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