Preparing for Summer – Time after Pentecost
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability (Acts 2:1-4).
Luke’s story of Jesus brings the disciples face-to-face with brokenness, hurt, and economic disparity. Luke’s narrative reveals Jesus at the margins of society so that people hidden are seen and people silenced are heard.
Compassion and concern result from paying attention. Paying attention happens when, by the gift of the holy Spirit, room is made for disciples to reflect on the world around them. Such reflection, then falls to us as twenty-first-century disciples. Summer is both the very best time and most difficult time to invite people into sustained reflection. During a season when schedules tend to free up the opportunity to breathe more deeply presents itself, there is often more room than at any other time of the year for this kind of engagement.
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RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH
“SMALL PLACE WITH A BIG HEART!”