Come Holy Ghost

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Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,

Ignite them with celestial fire;

Spirit of God,

You have the art

Your gifts,

the sev’nfold, to impart.

Your blest out pouring from above

Is comfort, life, and fire of love.

Illumine with perpetual light

the dullness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our much-soiled face

With abundance of your grace.

Keep far our foes;

gives peace at home;

Where you guide us,

no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,

And you, of both, to be but one

That, as the ceaseless ages throng,

Your praise may be our endless song!

~words written by Rhabanus Maurus, 776-856 A.D.

Lord God, may the Spirit continue to move in us today animating our words and actions with the truth of Your love and grace.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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June 4 Birthday Wish

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2 Samuel 22:21-23:23;  Acts 2:1-47;  Psalm 122:9;  Proverbs 16:19-20

When the day of Pentecost came, they (the believers) were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”  Acts 2:1-4

Birth of the Church

God’s breath

delivered

a very special gift,

an all inclusive

invitation

to all people

of all tribes and races–

The Holy Spirit.

The Spirit that

softens hardened hearts

and nurtures the seed

of God’s word

planted by the proclamation

of the Good News,

the Gospel news

that Jesus,

Son of God

lived and died

for sinners like me.

I join the birthday crowd

remembering my Baptism–

the washing and renewal–

and I make a wish

that those

both near and far

will be born anew

by the Word and Spirit

of God.

Blow, Breath of God!

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.  Your sons and your daughters will prophecy, your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams.  I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.  And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Acts 2:17-21

June 4 Sparkplug

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2 Samuel 22:21-23:23;  Acts 2:1-47;  Psalm 122:1-9;  Proverbs 16:19-20

On the day of Pentecost God revved up His engine on earth.  Using the 120 believers–including the 12 disciples–He sent His Heavenly spark plug–the promised Holy Spirit–to set the fledgling Church into motion.

“And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty, rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  Acts 2:2-4

The engine roared with the sounds of many languages reaching the ears of the Jewish people from far and near.

The engine purred with the precision-like message of God’s redeeming work through His Son Jesus.  Those who heard the message and took it to heart were moved.

The engine was working!  The Spirit of God called into being 3,000 new believers that day.  Through repentance and baptism the engine of believers increased in power.

God’s engine–the Church–continues to work to this very day.  By the power of the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament–this Body of Christ is strengthened. 

The H.S. spark plug continues to ignite hearts and minds and brings God’s Truth to the nations!

Lord God, we give you thanks and praise for the gift of the Holy Spirit which you’ve poured out in our hearts through the water and your Word.  We acknowledge that on our own volition–apart from you–we cannot advance your Kingdom.  We must rely on your spark plug–the Holy Spirit–to keep going, to live a faithful, God-pleasing life, to bear witness to You.  Forgive us Lord, for the times we’ve neglected or rejected the Spirit’s leading in our lives–when we’ve relied on our own “power” rather than on you.  Keep us ignited and connected to You, Holy Spirit.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

“Peter replied, ‘Repent an be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of  your sins.  And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  This promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for whom the Lord our God will call.”  Acts 2:38