Pentecost was not just a one day event. Indulge me for just a few minutes and I’ll explain what I mean. There is a camp song I taught children at youth camps. “It only takes a spark to get a fire going and then all those around can warm up to its glowing, that’s how it is with God’s love once you’ve experienced it….” I believe that and have been privileged to live the truth of this song.
There seems to me to be a gospel relationship between love and stewardship. What I think Jesus was saying to his followers was to appreciate all of creation enough to be good stewards. We are to treat each other with respect and dignity as a way of honoring God. We are to commit ourselves to all that love demands realizing what a true blessing it is to be generous. If we can commit to living in this way we will realize we are truly blessed.
God is God and our lives are our lives, we can give thanks for the gift of life or we can worry life away. Our invitation this morning is to embrace all that we have ever been and done by bringing it to place on the altar recognizing our lives as sacrament – outward and visible signs of God’s indwelling spiritual grace.
We have all heard the promises. We have heard that following Christ can free us from that which binds us. We know that Christ promised to move us toward a new horizon. It is all too easy instead to wallow in all that separates us from God and from each other. We want to believe we can experience God’s kingdom on this earth as it is in heaven.
Good Friday 2017