God Will Work a Way (Day of Pentecost, Year C)

Day of Pentecost, Year C
Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-21; John 14:8-17, 25-27
May 23, 2010

Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, and who was, and who is to come.  Amen.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled,” Jesus says, “and do not let them be afraid.”
Alex, Aylin, William, James, Sophia, Tristan, Marina, Anna –
    I’ve got news for you:
    There are people in this room who are afraid …
They are afraid because they fear that you, or some of you, anyway,
    will not come back to church next week.

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New Flesh, New Breath (Festival of Pentecost, Year B)

The Festival of Pentecost, Year B
May 31, 2009

Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2

In the name of the blessed Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, One God.  Amen.

Last Sunday my family worshiped at my wife’s childhood church,
St Michael’s Lutheran Church in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
St Michael’s is a church that was already a few generations old 
when the American Revolution started,
and its graveyard tells the story of the people who have gathered in that place.
There are pastors and lay leaders buried there,
children and adults,
civilians and veterans … 
including the remains of Revolutionary soldiers who died down the street,
in the nearby Battle of Germantown.

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