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    Day of Pentecost - B
    Children's sermon
    John Jamison
    “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” (vv. 26-27)

    Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have a question for you. Have you ever been alone and gotten scared? (Let them respond.)...
  • The Immediate Word

    Day of Pentecost - B
    Children's sermon, Illustration, Preaching, Sermon, Worship
    Mary Austin
    Katy Stenta
    Dean Feldmeyer
    Thomas Willadsen
    Bethany Peerbolte
    George Reed
    Christopher Keating
    For May 23, 2021:
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Day of Pentecost - B
    Illustration
    Mark Ellingsen
    Frank Ramirez
    Bonnie Bates
    Bill Thomas
    Acts 2:1-21
    A focus on the Holy Spirit in the lesson is nicely explained in a sermon by Martin Luther. He proclaims that “the Holy Spirit, the real teacher, comes and gives power to the word so that it takes hold” (Weimar Ausgabe, Vol.17 II, p.460 [translation mine]).  Elsewhere he adds:

    As a hen broods her eggs, keeping them warm to hatch...
  • StoryShare

    Day of Pentecost - B
    Illustration, Stories
    John E. Sumwalt
    Frank Ramirez
    Contents
    “The Billy Graham Test” by John Sumwalt
    “Correctly Hearing Each Other” by Frank Ramirez


    The Billy Graham Test
    by John Sumwalt
    Romans 8:22-27

    And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (v...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Day of Pentecost - B
    Children's Liturgy and Story
    Call to Worship:

    On this, the birthday of the Christian Church, let us welcome God's Holy Spirit into our hearts and into the heart of our Church.


    Invitation to Confession:

    Holy Spirit, sometimes our hearts are cold or luke-warm.
    Lord, have mercy.

    Holy Spirit, sometimes we fail to believe...

  • SermonStudio

    Stories
    Richard A. Jensen
    Over at last. That's the only thought she could think about just now. Over at last. The funeral finished. The committal service completed. She was home now and weary; bone weary. Her husband, Carl, was safely tucked into the grave. How had she ever endured the year of his agony?

    Carl and Melissa Gregory were in their early 60s. Carl had worked for the railroad most of his...
  • SermonStudio

    Preaching
    Schuyler Rhodes
    In Christian tradition, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit as a partner on the journey (John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7), an advocate who will accompany us on our journey toward faithfulness. We hear the Pentecost story and delight in the dancing tongues of fire as they descend and create something new in their wake.

    On Pentecost, we celebrate not only the arrival of the advocate, but...
  • SermonStudio

    Sermon
    Michael D. Wuchter
    Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

    The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the Lord said, "Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they...
  • SermonStudio

    Day of Pentecost - B
    Sermon
    William J. Carl, III
    What a way to start a church! It's certainly not the typical format for new church development. Where is the planning committee, the fund-raising, the arm twisting, the real estate deal acquiring the land, the faithful few who volunteer from other churches to give the whole thing its initial push? Not everyone has the personality to start a church from scratch, but Paul did. "I planted, Apollos...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Day of Pentecost - B
    Commentary
    Wayne Brouwer
    Schuyler Rhodes
    Note: This installment was originally published in 2009.

    An ancient Jewish writing declares, "Pentecost is the day on which Torah was given." According to the teaching, it was on the day that eventually became the feast of Pentecost that God gave birth to the Hebrew nation by speaking the divine covenant to them at Mount Sinai.

    As the book of Acts makes clear,...

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