Every once and a while I realize that I do not like what I have written or sketched. This happened on Pentecost. I drew a little from my posted notes, but I decided to speak extemporaneously on Ezekiel, Acts and Saint Faith's.
Click here to listen to what I preached on Pentecost at the 10.00 a.m. Eucharist.
Saturday, 23 May, at 20.00
I am afraid that the press of business, including our last annual Synod (next Synod in 2017), means that you're only getting my notes. I'll post an audio file by Monday. Blessings.
RCL Pentecost B
24 May 2015
Saint Faith’s Anglican Church
1) Fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus, Jews from all over the Mediterranean world gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Shavuot, the feast that commemorates God giving the Law to the Hebrew people in the wilderness of Sinai.
b) Nevertheless, it was a time when Jews throughout the Roman world remembered that they were the people with whom the Holy One, the Creator of all things, entered into an eternal covenant with them.
b) For three years many of these people had followed Jesus throughout the Roman province of Galilee and the petty kingdoms that the Romans had allowed to exercise some degree of autonomy. During those years the followers of Jesus had been transformed into agents who had caught a glimpse of the world God had in mind from the beginning of time.
c) As they gathered in secret on this day of Pentecost, these agents of Jesus’ movement experienced yet one more extraordinary moment. They were empowered by the Spirit and sent out
ii) to invite others to share in this mission.
b) Once we crossed that threshold, we entered a community of transformation where we learned, are learning and continue to learn
ii) to become agents of God’s mission, begun in creation and shared with people of faith for millennia.
ii) to love steadfastly,
iii) to walk humbly with God
iv) but as importantly, to invite others to join us in God’s mission of reconciliation, renewal and joy.
ii) Today we send Paul out to write the next chapter of God’s story as it will be told through his life and ministry as a deacon of the church.
ii) so that they may be transformed by the fullness of life God offers us all and become agents of God,
iii) sent forth to spread the good news of God in Jesus.