Pentecost 2020

The gift of the Holy Spirit!

I did extensive back ground work for this message and as I went to attach my sermon notes – well, they were no where to be found.

Some quick thoughts: We are one! The Spirit is for all! I give thanks for all of you each and every day. The world can be a big and scary place right now. Take comfort in knowing that there are others who are praying and caring for you. May the Holy Spirit, Love Divine, be made manifest in your world.

Blessings,

Barbara

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Fire and Rain

What about those tongues of fire? When will the rains come to wash away whatever needs cleansed in our lives?

James Taylor speaks of lonely times – many of us are there today. He shares about talking about the things to come – we’re doing that.

He knows “I’ll see you one more time again”.

Friends, we’ll see each other again. We will see the flame of the Christ candle lit in the sanctuary. We may shed tears of joy as we gather. Yes, we will. Yes, we will.

More about Jesus: Worship 24 May 2020

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More about Jesus
Psalm 1
1 Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but their delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
3 They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

I’m focusing on verses 2 and 3: “but their delight in in the law of the Lord and on His law, they meditate day and night.”


Do we delight in God’s law? Do we spend time in prayer, meditation, and study of the scriptures? Those are the questions I’d like to ponder today.


In the busy-ness of our lives we would get up, enjoy our morning routines, and get on with the day. For some the morning ritual, if you will, would include scripture reading, prayer, and even journaling. Basically, time with God. I know of one person that includes the singing of one or two hymns as part of this morning practice. This is time to which we look forward; time set aside so that our day begins in communion with the Divine. For others the morning is more like hit the snooze button again and again, jump into the shower, grab a coffee or tea, feed the cat and off you go. Do you see yourself in either scenario?

With Covid-19 slowing us down I wonder if some are spending more time in prayer and scripture than previously. I wonder if we are drawn back to something that had been important to us. Or, are we now finding the time to study scripture where before there seemed to be no time at all?


Why study the Bible? Why re-read the same scriptures year after year. Have you ever come across a passage that reads as if for the first time? Something new jumps out at you. God is saying something new, just for today?
I’ve found this to be true more often than not. This Psalm today is one of those readings. I remember from days in music ministry in an Anglican church where this Psalm, as all of them, were sung, or chanted. The words and melody flowed but the meaning didn’t stick. Well, at 21 years of age how many words run deeply. However, I do remember. Perhaps not the same meaning to me but the words are written on my heart. “Their delight is in the law of the Lord.” The commandments, the guides for living that help me find the right path each day.


We sing Tell me the Stories of Jesus and More about Jesus and are reminded that we want to learn more, to study more, and even, to know more deeply about God’s love for us. Here’s the Mind Map:

Follow the circle around and see what areas truly speak to you. One phrase:

“Speak O Lord”, was what I shared in worship.
Kristyn Getty, Keith
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
Songwriters: Townend Stuart Christopher Andrew / Getty Keith
Speak O Lord lyrics © Thank You Music Ltd.

May your life be filled with the richness of the Word as found in Scriptures and with the many blessings you find around you.
Peace be with you, Barbara