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“Spirit of Pentecost: Then and Now.” Pentecost A (June 8, 2014)

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Acts 2:1-21 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them…

"Rising" Ascension A (June 1, 2014)

Acts 1:6-14 So when the disciples had come together, they asked Jesus, “Teacher, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that are set by God’s own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two people in white robes stood by them. They said, “Galileans, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were stayi…

"Draw the Circle Wider" Guest Message, Wesley United Church (Amherstburg, ON) May 25, 2014

Isaiah 55: 1-5; 12-13                                                                            55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,     come to the waters; and you who have no money,     come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk     without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread,     and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,     and you will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me;     listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you,     my faithful love promised to David. 4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,     a ruler and commander of the peoples. 5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,     and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God,     the Holy One of Israel,     for he has endowed you with splendor.” You will go out in joy     and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills     will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the…

“Never Alone” Easter 6A (May 25, 2914)

Acts 17:22-31 Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, the One who is over all of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands,  and is not served by human hands, as though God needed anything, since God gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor God made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for God and find God—though indeed God is not far from each one of us. For ‘In God we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘Fo…

Friday Five (a day late) -- Friday the 13th Edition

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Friday's meme from RevGalBlogPals:
1.  Are you superstitious about anything?  Like, lucky socks for competition, special necklace for preaching, etc.? Not really. Although I used to plant mums in my favourite NFL team’s colours every fall, just in case.
2.  I’m going on vacation on Tuesday.  I have never been so ready for vacation.  What are you looking forward to? A trip back to DC to see my son before he heads off to Basic Training for the Army Reserves; Windsor PrideFest; officiating at the wedding of two dear friends.
3.  There is a lot going on in sports right now–World Cup, Basketball finals, and much more.   If your life were a sport, what would it be, and why? If my life were a sport…hmmm. Triathalon, I think…or maybe pentathalon. My life shape has changed several times, and each change has been pretty dramatic. From Midwestern college kid to military spouse to information guru to seminary student to pastor…
4.  Hey!  Remember orange push-up ice cream treats?  What happened…