The Reverend Elizabeth Bowyer

Introduction to the readings for Pentecost Sunday

Our first reading this morning comes to us from Hebrew Scriptures.  This particular story follows on from other accounts of struggle and disaster born out of the people’s willful self-understanding and fear.  Ignoring God’s clear instruction to go forth, multiply, and fill the earth”, the people busy themselves building a tower in the sky.

 In response, God creates a diversity of languages confusing and scattering a community intent on creating its own future.  Listen carefully for what might emerge for you as we continue our Pentecost celebration with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit providing clarity and unity in the midst of a diversity of languages and as we anticipate Part Two of our annual congregational meeting and the reception of a new governance model.

From the book of Genesis, Chapter 11, “Language is confused at the Tower of Babel” verses 1-9.

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Our second reading this morning comes to us from a portion of a larger letter written by the Apostle Paul to the people at Corinth.  In this particular portion of the letter, Paul is thought to be responding to a request for guidance for this fractious community as it struggles in its efforts at being a Christian community.

Listen here for your own response as Paul encourages the community to seek unity in the midst of diversity, to use God’s spiritual gifts for the common good, and to recognize their interdependence for its most effective functioning as the body of Christ.

From the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, Chapter 12, verses 3b-13 One Spirit, Many Gifts

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Reader: Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God!