getting out the WORD - the sixth sunday of easter PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

John 14:15-21

"I am small, my heart is pure. No one should dwell there but Jesus alone. Amen." That's the prayer I was taught as a toddler. The one I said, every night at bedtime. And looking at it, now, it sounds, pretty much, like the picture sketched by this week's gospel. "... and he [- the Spirit -] will be in you!" Dwelling there inside my heart!

At least, that's how I imagine it. But the words can, also, paint another picture. First, 'you' isn't singular! Individual! Particular! It's plural! The spirit will be in 'yinz' (as we said in western PA)! In 'y'all' (as we say here in West Texas)! And second, the Greek word 'in' can mean, not only inside, but between, as well! Among! Dwelling not, simply, inside me, but, more importantly, between us! The Spirit is the very thing that - the very person who - brings us together and keeps us that way!

The Spirit of truth isn't something - isn't someone - the Father sends to each person separately, on his own, all by herself. But something - someone - god sends us all! Together! At the same time! Where two or three are gathered! You see, in matters of faith, it's all about community! All about church!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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