About 25 years ago, Ernest Campbell, former preaching minister at New York's
Riverside Church, titled a volume of sermons Locked In A Room With Open Doors. There is hardly a year goes by when I am not drawn to the sermon from which the
title of the book was drawn. In the sermon, Campbell covers the many things that hold us
back from going through the doors that God has opened for us -- the fear of the new,
worry, fear of the unknown. The assumption is that we ought to be able to go through the
doors that are open to us and that we should deal with what is holding us back.
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
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For May 31, 2020:
We Are The 120 by Ron Love — Let us never forget that we are the 120; the unseen members of the Body of Christ.
Second Thoughts: Masked Prophets by Bethany Peerbolte — Being a prophet is not about knowing exactly what will happen in the future. Being a prophet is about seeing the present world clearly and knowing God enough to sense a disconnect.
Acts 2:1-21 is the obvious choice for your Pentecost lectionary text and perhaps you have used it on many occasions. However, the lectionary includes several options and I explore them in this Charting the Course to try to show there is more than one way to experience God’s Spirit.
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Acts 2:1-21 Charles Spurgeon once said, “Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without the wind, branches without sap, and like coals without fire, we are useless.” The Day of Pentecost is the day we celebrate the birth of the church and the Holy Spirit coming on the apostles and they began to speak in other languages (Acts 2:4).
These verses follow the metaphor of living water flowing from our hearts into the world. The opening activity will work off of that image to show how water works. Water fills in all the empty places it can find. Even when we think there is no room, water can find the emptiness and fill it up.
What you will need: A transparent jar or bowl A couple of large rocks (or other large objects that will fit in your container) Sand Water
Call to Worship: Jesus promised his friends that great power would be available to them when he had finally disappeared from this earth. That power came on the Day of Pentecost. In our worship today let us explore what sort of power this was and whether it is still available to us.
Invitation to Confession: Jesus, sometimes I have difficulty connecting with things that happened 2,000 years ago. Lord, have mercy. Jesus, sometimes I assume that all your power was in the past, belonging to a by-gone age.
All of you have heard stories of miracles. Some of you have experienced a miracle. The one which tops my list comes from several years ago. A woman I knew had been doctoring for stomach problems. Nothing seemed to be working. Her local doctor sent her to Rochester. The Mayo doctors ran her through a battery of tests and discovered cancer. They did surgery immediately. They took one look and closed her up. There was cancer everywhere. She came home to die. But she didn't get sick and weaker as we expected. We saw her in church every Sunday. Several months later, she was back at Mayo.