Day of Pentecost

A blessed Pentecost, friends! May you know the power of the risen and reigning Christ resting on you and working through you today, tomorrow, and always! 


Look: Anatomy of A Flame, Chemical Atlas - Flame


Listen: “The Source” from There’s A Light, Liz Vice

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Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.”

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”These all look to you,
to give them their food in due season.
When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.”

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”For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’”

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”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.

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
— Genesis 11:1-9 * Psalm 104:27-30 * Romans 8:14-15 * Acts 2:3-4, 14-21 (ESV)

Pray:

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer, Collect for The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

Do:

Enjoy a campfire this evening.

How to: Start a campfire with one match

Enjoy a campfire this evening and take a moment to read Malcolm Guite's sonnet for Pentecost:

Pentecost

Today we feel the wind beneath our wings
Today  the hidden fountain flows and plays
Today the church draws breath at last and sings
As every flame becomes a Tongue of praise.
This is the feast of fire,air, and water
Poured out and breathed and kindled into earth.
The earth herself awakens to her maker
And is translated out of death to birth.
The right words come today in their right order
And every word spells freedom and release
Today the gospel crosses every border
All tongues are loosened by the Prince of Peace
Today the lost are found in His translation.
Whose mother-tongue is Love, in  every nation.


See Pentecost posts from previous years here.

Lent Daybook, 15: Nobody's Living Right

Lent Daybook, 15: Nobody's Living Right

Welcome to a Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Click through the link to see the full post.

Look: Cain and Abel, Titian - Source

Listen: “Adagio for Strings, Op. 11” from Barber: Cello Concerto - Medea Suite - Adagio for Strings, Samuel Barber, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Spotify | YouTube

Read: Psalm 69; Jeremiah 5:1-9; Romans 2:25-3:18; John 5:30-47

Pray: The Lord’s Prayer

Do: Spend 15 minutes in silence. Reflect prayerfully on the previous week.

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Lent Daybook, 13: All Hell Broke Loose

Lent Daybook, 13: All Hell Broke Loose

Welcome to a Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Click through the title link to see the full post.

Look: Free For All, Dan Wicz - Source

Listen: “Half Crazy” from Sleeping Operator, The Barr Brothers - Spotify | YouTube | Lyrics

Read: Psalm 72; Jeremiah 3:6-18; Romans 1:28-2:11; John 5:1-18

Pray: Prayer of Confession (Rite II), Book of Common Prayer

Do: Fast replacement symbols for language - emojis and social media “likes” - and feast on the language of lament and amazement instead.

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Lent Daybook, 7: Stubborn

Lent Daybook, 7: Stubborn

Welcome to a Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Click through the title link to see the full post.

Look: Moses on Mount Sinai, Jean-Leon Gerome - Source

Listen: “Even in the Valley” from Part II, The Silver Pages feat. Mona Reeves - Spotify | YouTube | Lyrics

Read:Psalm 119:49-72; Deuteronomy 9:13-21; Hebrews 3:12-19; John 2:23-3:15

Pray: "The Decalogue", Texts for Common Prayer, Anglican Church of North America

Do: Fast from TV / Entertainment this week. Read instead!

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Advent Daybook, 14: Fulfillment

Advent Daybook, 14: Fulfillment

An Advent daybook for these 24 days of prayerful expectation. Join me, won't you?

For an introduction read this post: Advent Daybook explained. You can see previous Advent daybook 2018 posts here.

Look: Reconciliation Stained Glass Window in St. John’s Church, Tralee, Ireland, Thomas Denny

Listen: “The Trumpet Child” from The Trumpet Child, Over the Rhine

Read: Psalm 42, 43, Isaiah 8:1-15, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18, Luke 22:31-38

Pray: from Advent (1851), Christian Rossetti

Do: Fill your house with natural fragrance today.

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