This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. Accordingly, our first reading is the familiar story of
Pentecost from chapter 2 of Acts. And, accompanying it, we have two other passages that
bring to light the work of the Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul discusses the gifts of
the Spirit and in John 20, Jesus breathes on his disciples, saying, "Receive the Holy
It would be natural enough, therefore, for us to conclude that we should preach this week
about the Holy Spirit.
In so many of our churches, the Holy Spirit is the most unmentioned member of the
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.