August 2, 2015
John 6:24-35
Ephesians 4:1-16
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a
Psalm 51:1-12

Receiving The Holy Spirit

Day of Pentecost

from the book
PENTECOST FIRE
PREACHING COMMUNITY IN SEASONS OF CHANGE


Schuyler Rhodes



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Today is Pentecost. Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the people of God. Today we celebrate the birthday of the Church of Jesus Christ, recalling our ancestors in the faith who received the power of God's Holy Spirit and began a journey which we continue in this moment as we take on the struggle to become a faithful people in today's world. Today we celebrate the arrival of the Advocate, the Spirit who accompanies and partners with us in life and faith.

That's a lot to say. And it's probably a good guess that many of the smiles in the pew this morning mask an interior monologue that goes something like this:

That's nice. But what is Pentecost? Where did it come from? What does it mean? Why do we even bother, on a nice weekend when most people are at the beach, to prepare special music and offer a special celebration? Who cares, anyway?

Does this ...

This Day of Pentecost sermon, Receiving The Holy Spirit, is based on John 20:19-23 and relates to Day of Pentecost of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book PENTECOST FIRE . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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