Devotional

For Your Reflection:

 
The Day of Pentecost
On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created.  Pentecost is sometimes called the church’s birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism.  Romans makes it clear that God is in the process of re-creating the entire cosmos, yet the spirit is also at work in the most intimate and personal ways, praying in us “with sighs too deep for word” when we do not know how to pray..

SCRIPTURE DESCRIPTION

WEEK OF May 20, 2018

FIRST LESSON
 
ACTS 2:1-21
Originally Pentecost was a Jewish thanksgiving-type festival celebrated seven weeks after Passover.  On this particular Pentecost, however, the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the entire community of believers just as Jesus had promised and the scriptures had prophesied.  Empowered by the Spirit, the entire community bears witness to God’s activity in multiple languages.
 
SECOND LESSON
 
ROMANS 8:22-27
By pouring the Holy Spirit into our hearts, God gives us the promised first fruit of eternal life so that we await God’s future in hope.  In the meantime, the Spirit also intercedes for us by carrying the prayers of our weak human hearts to God.
 
THE HOLY GOSPEL
 
JOHN 15:26,27;16:4b-15
When speaking to his disciples before his death, Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as “the Helper” and described the difference the Spirit would make in their lives and in the world.