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A Pentecost Moment

The first half of today’s sermon was delivered as an oral narrative from the sanctuary floor and is identified by bold-italic text. The remaining traditional sermon comments are in regular print. When the day came, I found myself surrounded by lots of people.  I heard languages that I could not understand.  I heard Spanish being…

Day of Pentecost Preview

Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.  (Acts 3:3-4) On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the…

Holy Spirit, Holy Unpredictable

Traditional Sermon Pentecost Sunday A woman told me a story about something that happened to her several years before. She was a faithful woman. A lifelong Lutheran. She went to church every single week. Her piety was a quiet one. Not loud, not proud, just pious. One day she went to church and in the…

The Day of Pentecost Sunday Preview

On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Holy Spirit as the power of God among us that heals, forgives, inspires, and unites. When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and…