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getting out the WORD - the day of pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:57

the PRAYER...
O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
When [Jesus]had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit... ."

John 20:19-23

the DEVOTION...
It's been one of those weeks. There I was, minding my own business, and along comes a song and worms its way into my brain and it won't give it a rest! Over and over and over! Again and again and again! "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High!" Not so much the whole song as it is the refrain! "You came from heaven to earth to sh-o-o-ow the way, from earth to the cross my de-e-ebt to pay, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky, Lord, I lift your name on hi-i-i-igh." It's driving me crazy!

But then, it has reminded me that there's a flow to the story. A corridor, a conduit, if you will. And this past Sunday, I realized the same's true of the Spirit! From Sinai to the Tabernacle... from the Tabernacle to the Temple... (and here's where it gets interesting) from the Temple to Jesus! And then, here, on Pentecost, from Jesus to the Church! The Word became flesh and never stops becoming! First, Jesus! Then, us! It's just like the voice from the throne proclaims at the end of the Revelation, "The heaven... the tabernacle... the temple... the dwelling place... the home of God...

... IS RIGHT HERE!"

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
getting out the WORD - the seventh sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 15:50

the PRAYER...
O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
"And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one."

John 17:1-11

the DEVOTION...
Either you're for or against! Agree or you disagree! It's as if our whole world, right now, is being torn in two! Black-and-white! Nothing-or-all! And we're, even, doing it here in the church! Sheep and goats! Chaff and grain! Evil and good! One person, it seems, can't be saved, anymore, unless someone else is going to hell!

But what if faith - down-to-earth, honest-to-god believing - isn't so much about drawing lines, as it is erasing them? Building walls, as it is tearing walls down? And what if we, actually, mean what we say, Sunday morning after Sunday morning... that Christ's blood was "shed for [us] and for all people"?

Popular religion exists to divide creation and separate people! But faith - real faith and the love that conceives it - serves only to bring people - all people - together! What if when Jesus says all, he doesn't mean just some... or many... but what if he, really, does has everyone in mind?

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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