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The Spirit of the Truth Pentecost Sunday 24th May 2015 Bulletin Insert

BULLETIN INSERT   Lismore Anglican Parish PENTECOST 2015 Sun 24th May 2015

 

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This year the passages set for our Pentecost Sunday celebrations have a particular emphasis on how the gift of God’s Spirit impacts, not just on God’s people, but the whole of creation.

The Acts 2:1-21 reading describes the dramatic experience of the disciples when they received God’s Spirit in a powerful way.

The gospel passage from John supports this narrative with the account of Jesus’ promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit whose presence and action will be experienced, not just by the followers of Christ, but by the whole world.

As we read the Romans passage, which describes all of creation as awaiting the time when God’s life flows through God’s children like breath, the cosmic implications of this day become clearer.

The giving of God’s Spirit is not just about personal empowerment, or an individual ecstatic experience of God’s presence. It is about God’s life and grace flowing into the entire cosmos, and about followers of Christ being empowered to bring God’s resurrection life to the whole of creation as we find our place in the unity of God’s universe.

That first Pentecost experience can be seen as the reverse of the Babel confusion of languages, where nobody understood each other at all. God’s gift of the Holy Spirit comes with a responsibility to strive to communicate with, and understand each other as we grow in love, in compassion and respect for others, for all creatures and for the earth.

As we live out of this empowerment, we must inevitably make daily choices in the direction of unity, sustainability, peace and inclusiveness.

Adapted from http://sacredise.com/lectionary/2015/04/pentecost-b/

 

Acts 2:1-21

21When 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? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 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.’

 

John 15:26 -27, 16:4b-15

26”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

164B “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. 12“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.