Today's Lectionary Text
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.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
In light of the last 50 days and these Pentecost texts, answer these questions as you are able for yourself, your congregation and the community of believers.
By your grace, O Lord, I have had a fresh encounter with you during these 50 days. I have been raised with Christ and “given a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
I pray that the power of your resurrection might be set loose in the world through our churches once again by the fire of the Holy Spirit. Keep rekindling this gift that is within us, that we might join the movement that is your mission in the world. We need your presence to keep the fire burning, that your light might shine brightly through us. We depend upon your love to keep fanning the flame and your grace to spread it wildly. Grant us such unity with you and one another that you might start many new fires in the hearts of others who are drawn to our witness.
We yearn to be a movement again. We hunger for greater fruitfulness. We thirst for vitality. We cry out to be your agents of healing and life in the world. May it be so, for Christ’s sake and for His glory.
Prayer for Reflection
God of the Pentecost, we pray that You would multiply our fire, faith and fruitfulness so that faith communities might become movements of God’s mission in the world. Amen.
“Excerpted from the book “Catch Fire in 50 Days: Joining the Movement of God’s Mission in the World” by Blake Busick and Christie Latona.”
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