In today’s gospel Jesus talks about the coming of the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth. What if the Advocate, in whatever ways she or he shows up, comes not to advocate to another on our behalf but to advocate to us on our own behalf?
They are truth tellers for us. They call us more deeply into our authentic selves. They are the ones who transform and change our lives. Who are those people for you? Continue reading Our Advocates – A Pentecost Sermon On John 15:26-27; 16:4-15
“But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’” They sure looked drunk. They sounded drunk. They acted drunk. But Peter denied it. “We’re not drunk,” he said, “it’s only nine o’clock in the morning.” So which is it? Were they sober as Peter said or were they filled with new wine? (Acts 2:1-21) Yes. Yes is really the only answer to that … Continue reading Living Under the Influence – A Sermon on Acts 2:1-21 for the Feast of Pentecost
There are moments in each of our lives when we begin to hear a new language. It’s new yet echoes with familiarity. We know it through our deepest longings and desires. If fills us with hope, life, and peace. It lies hidden deep within us. It’s always been there but then one day we hear it in a new way, as if for the very … Continue reading Pentecost Makes us Capable of God
The collect and readings for the Feast of Pentecost may be found here. Think about a moment when you held another person so close that you could hear his or her breathing, the sound of life. Maybe it was your husband or wife, a parent, your child, or a grandchild. You could feel his or her breath brush across your cheek and he or she … Continue reading Co-conspirators with God – A Sermon for the Feast of Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21; Ezekiel 37:1-14
The readings and collect for the Feast of Pentecost may be found here. The appointed gospel is John 20:19-23. When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said … Continue reading Breathe, You Have Been Pentecosted – A Sermon on John 20:19-23 for the Feast of Pentecost
The collect and readings for the Feast of Pentecost may be found here. The following reflection focuses on Genesis 11:1-9 (the Tower of Babel story) and Acts 2:1-21 (the traditional Pentecost story). When we think of Pentecost today’s reading from Genesis is probably not the first thing we think of. We do not usually associate Pentecost with making bricks, building ourselves a city and a … Continue reading A Sermon for Pentecost – Genesis 11:1-9
The readings for The Feast of Pentecost: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Acts 2:1-21 John 15:26-27; 16:4-15 Several years ago I met with my spiritual director and told her that I felt as if pieces of my life had been lost along the way. There were pieces of my life I could no longer find or put back together. Some had been lost to fear. Others were lost … Continue reading The Feast of Pentecost