“We Believe the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-8, 12-21), Sunday March 26, 2017
Lenten Candle Extinguishing:
(3 unlit, 3 lit purple candles) Don & Ruth Phillips
L1: Today is the fourth Sunday in Lent. We remember Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Each week the Light of the World diminishes.
L2: The same Spirit that descends upon Jesus during his baptism also drives him out in the wilderness to be tempted for forty days.
P: The devil takes him to Jerusalem, placing him on the Temple’s pinnacle, and invites him to jump and let the angels bear him up.
L1: Resisting every test, Jesus returns to Nazareth, filled with the power of the Spirit.
P: He preaches in his hometown synagogue, yet all they can see is Joseph’s son, a carpenter.
L2: They take offense at him, and want to hurl him off a cliff. A shadow darkens the light.
P: His neighbors think he’s crazy, and his family comes to restrain him.
L1: Scribes from Jerusalem accuse Jesus of being possessed by a demon.
P: Yet Jesus says a house divided against itself cannot stand.
L2: (Leading unison prayer): Let us pray in one voice:
U: We pride ourselves on our good judgment, of being able to tell light from dark and dark from light. Yet those who knew Jesus best minimize the messenger. Others misjudge him maliciously, wanting to murder him. Still others malign his mission as demonic. Our minimizing, misjudging, and maligning him creates shadows that darken that light. (Extinguish candle). Forgive us, O God, in your great mercy. Amen.
SCRIPTURE (Acts 2:1-8, 12-21)
Our reading comes from the book of Acts.
1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.
6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.
7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.
16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
18Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
19And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
“We Believe the Holy Spirit”
@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “We Believe the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-8, 12-21), Sunday March 26, 2017
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Pictures provided by Missy F. re Saturday March 25, 2017 serving about 250 people at the Over the Rhine Soup Kitchen.