The Scripture readings this week are:
- Numbers 11:24-30
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- Acts 2:1-21
The hymns this week are:
- 198 Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us
- 195 On Pentecost They Gathered
- 480 Let Us Break Bread Together
- 481 Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
The sermon title is: Spirit Language
Early Thoughts: Do we know what to do with people who are moved by the Spirit? What is the role of the prophet in today's society?
Earlier this year the US election was rocked by snippets of sermons given by Rev. Jeremiah Wright at the church where Barack Obama has attended. As sound bites the quotes were potentially troubling. Those who have read or heard the whole sermon say they were words of truth-telling, words of challenge, words of prophecy in a Biblical sense.
What do we do when the Spirit moves us to speak out against the norm, against the commonly accepted knowledge? Often we react defensively. Often the power-brokers react angrily. Often there is derision and condemnation. And that is what happens in Scripture when people become Spirit-filled and speak Spirit language. The Spirit often seems to break into our world and push us to re-evaluate what we believe. No wonder such action is often met with anger, derision, defensiveness.
What is the Spirit blowing into our lives and minds today? What fills us with fire and excitement so that we can hardly keep quiet?
and here are some other reflection questions around the Scripture passages for this week:
Is there a time when you have been overwhelmed by the “spirit of the moment”? How did that feel (great, terrifying, awesome ...)?
Often in our Scriptural story people do not know what to do with others who are moved by or filled with the Spirit. How do you imagine you would react to people acting like the Spirit-filled people in the readings?
Have you felt someone or something pushing you to say something unpopular and yet were sure it was the right thing to say? How do we react to that disagreement?
Where do you feel the Spirit leading you at this point in your life?