This Sunday was one of the high holy days in the Liturgical year, Pentecost. This is the Sunday that we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming in a new way to the people of God. The Holy Spirit has always been here, this arrival wasn’t the first, after all the Holy Spirit was there at creation and involved with all of the created order, including people, ever since. What was new was the breadth of the Spirit’s involvement with people, namely all people. For the first time it was made explicit that the Holy Spirit and the gifts that came along were for all people, not just prophets and priests and judges and such people.
In some ways the sermons today morph from an examination of the text in Acts 2 to more of a look at the Joel passage that Peter quotes in it. I have a special relationship with the book of Joel so it is always enjoyable to get back into it, even if it is second hand.
Knox Presbyterian Pentecost!
St. Mark’s Presbyterian What’s our inheritance?
The sermons this Sunday are of slightly different lengths and slightly different takes on the text. As always, I would be very interested to hear if anyone has the time to listen to both and let me know what they think of the differences.