Posts Tagged With: Pentecost

A Promise Whispered, Pentecost 2017

Sometimes the Holy Spirit comes as apromise whisperedMorsels & Stories: I talked about Proverbs 8 and Wisdom.


Sermon: Sometimes the Holy Spirit is fire, or wind, or a breath.


The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with John 20:19-23.



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Gifts and Fruits, Pentecost 2015

Robyns SermonsThis morning the Holy Spirit comes. And the Church has been trying to sort out what that means for years. Paul talks about the Spirit bringing gifts and resulting in fruits.


The lessons can be found by clicking here.



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Pentecost: A Poem Preached

Last year I got captivated by Josh Ritter’s “A Girl in the War” which influence my sermon.  After preaching at both services, I realized that it really had been a poem.  Over the course of the year, I’ve come back to my notes from the week and from re-listening to the sermon.  Here’s what that turned into.

Last time it was a dove

Jesus and John at the river Jordan
People pressing forward,
Hoping to see, to understand
The heavens split and
The Lord God Almighty spoke,
But it was a dove
A bird of peace and promise
With words of love and support
‘This is my beloved, with whom I am well pleased’
A passing of the torch
More than a beginning
John, who baptized in the wilderness,
Performing his ultimate act as forerunner
Inaugurating his cousin,
The Messiah, the one everyone was waiting for
And no one expected

And the heavens split
The Holy Spirit descended
Delighted to be a dove

Three years of dusty roads
Campfires and strange stories
Healings and promises;
Terror and threat
Ending with crucifixion
And an empty tomb
Fifty days of walking through walls
Fish on the beach and broken nets
finding Jesus in broken bread
Then the Risen Messiah
Ascended back into heaven

I wonder how many of the people
Who had pressed forward
on the banks of the Jordan that morning
Fearfully retreated in the upper room
Remembered when the heavens last split open
And looked for a dove

The Spirit which descended,
Driving disciples into the street,
Did not delight in being a dove

This morning the Spirit breathed fire

Perhaps because dragons have exist
Since before they were in our books and TV
We knew they could inspire empires;
Before we drew them in the unknown edges of maps
We knew they could entice us further than we’ve ever gone before

Today is Pentecost.
The Spirit, not a dove, not a dragon,
Breathed fire;
Breathed the Church
And passed the torch
The disciples poured out
And became a holy spectacle
Unable to hold the fire of God’s message in their bones
Unable to keep God’s love contained.

Today is Pentecost.
We are given God’s message of love
We are the torch,
Fire breathed and Spirit driven
Sent, to be the Church
To be a Holy Spectacle
Unable to do anything other than share God’s love

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SR Doves and Dragons, Pentecost 2014

Link: Doves and Dragons, Pentecost 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Early in the week I got lines from Josh Ritter’s “Girl in the War” stuck in my head. I listened to it over and over again and thought about doves, and dragons, and The Holy Spirit. Then I started writing.

Theology: Pneumatology (Holy Spirit)
Jesus Count: low
Good News: Pentecost is the passing of the torch to us.

What did I change on my feet?
I didn’t change a lot. I wrote this sermon really in verse and I kept editing it on my feet.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I don’t know. It seemed to work better at the early service than the late service, but I’m not clear on why.
What did work?
Everything clicked when I realized that this needed to start with the Dove at the baptism.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Garner, Spirit’s Pull
The problem with people who exhibit the gifts of the Spirit is that they’re usually pretty strange. At the very least, by definition it isn’t normal, and it’s often downright weird. That’s because the Holy Spirit usually works in ways that we don’t understand. Sure, there are some Spirit-filled people whom we admire—like quirky authors and exuberant preachers—but lots of them just scare us. Have you ever had a stranger come up and offer to lay hands on you? You know those guys who walk down the street talking out loud to Jesus? Does anyone really enjoy the bullhorn-prophet who calls the world to repent? What are we supposed to make of people who claim to have the Spirit working within them when it seems to be working in a way that we don’t like?

Priest Sherer, Let it go, let it flow
We have all been made to drink INTO the interior of the Spirit. This is God’s goal for us. When we drink, we enter into the Spirit’s womb where we are re-created, where new life is created and nourished in us.

Priest Baum, Pentecost 2014
The disciples didn’t do anything to become these brazen apostles in the street. In fact, they were still hiding from the world. Since Easter! The disciples have not been to rabbinical school. They have no knowledge of God’s power. You’re going to listen to a bunch of scared losers who thought Jesus was the Messiah? What are you, on crack or something?

(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)
The Anglican Church of Canada uses the Roman Ordinary Time numbering system instead of numbering the Propers. Because all of this is new to me, I’m now indicating both numbering systems.

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Pentecost, 2012

The lessons for Pentecost are found here.

There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon starts.  Thank you for your patience.

Listen: Pentecost, 2012

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