Year A: Acts 2.1-21; 1 Corinthians 12.3b-13; John 20.19-23
It is good training for a deacon to find that the sermon you have carefully prepared has been in some ways superseded by the shock of a news event. There have been too many such shocks in recent weeks, and we probably have to face the fact that there will be more. For those whose lives were suddenly, brutally disrupted yesterday evening on London Bridge and Borough Market, the after effects will last a lifetime, and our prayers this morning must be with the bereaved, the injured and the traumatised. And with those who helped – the emergency services, the medical teams who worked through the night, and countless women and men who did extraordinary things in extraordinary circumstances to help their fellow humans.
Pentecost | The transforming power of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God the Father and God the Son (Jonathan Aitken)Read Now
Today we celebrate God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet understanding the full meaning of this gift can be difficult. From time to time I get invited to preach – or share as they call it – in Charismatic and Pentecostal churches.
When they are at full throttle – and they usually are at full throttle – their manifestations of the Holy Spirit often include: beating on bongo drums, waving of flags, speaking in tongues, uttering prophetic words, sometimes leaping up and down on trampolines, and literally rolling in the aisles.