Archive for May 25, 2007

The wind blows wherever it pleases.  You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. (John 3:8) 

I know this is the big Memorial Day holiday, but there is actually another holiday that is supposed to be MORE important to us as Christians than even Memorial Day (we will not be saying the pledge of allegiance in church on Sunday or singing hymns to America!).  Does anyone know what Sunday, May 27th is??  IT IS PENTECOST!

The time where we celebrate the fact that God promised to dwell in and among us until Jesus’ second coming through the HOLY SPIRIT!!  This is when we celebrate the empowering, dynamic, life-giving Holy Spirit!!  I know it is Memorial Day weekend and many of you have travel plans, and there are lots of graduations this weekend…but you don’t want to miss Sunday.  If you do, you will miss an infilling of the Holy Spirit and then while the rest of us are glowing and talking about how awesome it was you will feel awkwardly dim and left out of the whole experience!

So here is what you can expect on Sunday:

  • An awesome message on the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Some kicking Spirit-filled worship – including I Am Free
  • The presence of the Holy Spirit making real the resurrected Jesus.
  • 2999 baptisms (we don’t want to show up the original event)
  • Red cloth (symbol of Holy Spirit) on the cross…our attempt at symbolism for the liturgical calendar…next week will be green and mark “ordinary time” (if you have no idea what I just said, don’t worry about it).
  • Possibilities:  The sound of a violent wind, tongues of fire, and good coffee.
  • Me mysteriously glowing while preaching.
  • Serious opportunity to dive deeper into the life of the Holy Spirit to empower you to live a miraculous life for the glory of Jesus!
  • Fuel for life that isn’t $3.55 a gallon.

The topic of the Holy Spirit is one of my favorites.  It is also the one that I’ve had the most dramatic changein my life in regards to understanding and belief.  See you Sunday as we talk about the Unpredictable Wind that is the Holy Spirit.  Happy Pentecost…or Merry Pentecost…or Pentecost Greetings (what do you say??!)