The Day of Pentecost
The Day of PentecostToday we mark the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, the Comforter, an arrival which (2,000 years ago) transformed fearful and self-conscious men and women into fearless and selfless evangelists for Christ. Pentecost is, in many ways, the birthday of the Church. But it is not merely that. It is the acknowledgement and celebration of the on-going action of God in our lives, through the Spirit. To gain a richer understanding, consider these sermons: I Believe in the Holy Ghost (2011) by Fr Daniels A Sermon for the Day of Pentecost (2010) by John Polkinghorne The Holy Spirit Gives us a Future (2010) by Fr Austin From Pentecost to Pop Hale to Fifth Avenue (2009) by Fr Mead Three Points about Pentecost (2008) by Fr Mead Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom (2006) by Fr Austin
Almighty God, who on this day didst open the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of thy 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 liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This class undertakes a close reading of the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. In addition to being a record of the central event in Jewish history ‚Äì the escape from Egypt and journey towards the Promised Land ‚Äì Exodus also provides a prime case study of the benefits of a utilization of the traditional ‚Äúfour senses‚Äù of scripture: the literal, the typological, the moral, and the mystical.
We look today at the first time Moses and Aaron meet with Pharaoh. It didn’t go well. The class meets at 10 a.m. on the fifth floor of the parish house.