Sermon Series: June 4-18
June 4 is the next Sunday I will be in the pulpit. It's Pentecost Sunday, the perfect Sunday to begin talking about the crossroad at which we find ourselves. One month from Pentecost Sunday, you will begin your journey with a new pastor and I will begin mine with a new congregation. We are indeed at a crossroad. We have several possible ways we can all move to the next phase. So it's time we consulted our inner GPS. Our God Positioning System.
The Pentecost scripture is familiar to us... the followers of Jesus all gathered together in one place. Common ground. Community.
And suddenly like the rush of a violent wind, the Spirit enters the room. Flames of fire seem to rest on everyone's heads and suddenly everyone can speak in languages that all of the diverse populations that exist among them can understand.
Sounds like a message to spread the good news to everyone. Sounds like the same message of diversity and extension of love Jesus always preached. But how do we do it?
First we need to allow ourselves to be blown away by the workings of the Spirit. Those of us in the highly-intellectual world of Christianity sometimes shy away from the Holy Spirit in our faith lives. But this moment of Pentecost clearly shows that the Spirit is not just for those who are more emotional about their faith.
This moment of the Spirit entering the room happens simultaneously with the very learned and intellectual moment of understanding another language and interpreting another language. Which is the second thing we need to think about as we live into this Pentecostal crossroad. What do we need to engage our brains in, what do we need to learn that we haven't before that will connect us to someone else who doesn't think the way we do?
The crossroad this week is understanding... At what point do we allow the Spirit to guide our understanding and our learning so that we can better reach someone who would love to have God's love in the ways we do here.
What do you need to learn? What do you need to let go of to allow the Spirit to work in you?
God be with you in the days ahead. I will see you on June 4 and we can let the Spirit blow us away with God's plans for us. We will head different directions, but God will guide us all.
Future sermons and hymns:
June 11: “Taking the First Step”
2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20
“For the Beauty of the Earth” UMH 92
“Down to the River to Pray” W&S 3164
“Go, Make of All Disciples” UMH 571
June 18: “Welcome Mats in Every Direction”
Psalm 89:1-4; Matthew 10:40-42
‘How Firm a Foundation” UMH 529
“Pass It On” UMH 572
“In the Midst of New Dimensions” TFWS 2238
June 25 Susan Warren preaching