Sunday 23 May 21

I’ve said at times s that I worship at the Baptlcostals. I learned this word from a sister who has given Kea very good counsel and comfort at times. It is where many churches are now: they may have started out calvinist Baptist, but they know that the spirit of God is moving through the world, or they were full on Pentecosta but now they know that it is important to do things decently and in order.

Besides, they are charitable. They toleraate calvinists like this blogger in the pews, and pray for us.

Pentecost was originally a festival for the Jews, and our Brother Dicact had last monday’s browser buster with it as a theme. Mainly because he has a Jewish mate, Dawn Pine, who gave him some background. So a first mini sermon.

Shavuot known as the Feast of Weeks in English and as Pentecost (Πεντηκοστή) in Ancient Greek, is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June).
Shavuot has a double significance. It marks the all-important wheat harvest in the Land of Israel (Exodus 34:22); and it commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai, although the association between the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) and Shavuot is not explicit in the Biblical text.
The holiday is one of the Shalosh Regalim, the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, and its date is directly linked to that of Passover. The Torah mandates the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover, to be immediately followed by Shavuot. This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation and desire for the giving of the Torah. On Passover, the people of Israel were freed from their enslavement to Pharaoh; on Shavuot they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God. The word Shavuot means weeks, and the festival of Shavuot marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot.

The spirit of God is with us, if we have Christ, we have the spirit. And when it flows there is life and power, We should not grieve the spirit, because we are too concerned about the issues of this day, and let our anger, our need to act, overtake the need to remain obedient to the guidance of God.

As I’ve said, I go to a Bapticostal church, which generally ignores times and seasons. But I use the revised common lectionary here, and the old Anglicans knew what they were doing when they wrote their prayer for today.

COLLECT ONE
God,
who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people,
by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit;
Grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgment in all things,
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end.

Psalm 104:35
35 May sinners be removed from the earth
And may the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, my soul.
Praise the Lord!

Romans 8:22-27
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only that, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters, the redemption of our body. 24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, through perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
26 Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Acts 2:1-21

2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly a noise like a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And tongues that looked like fire appeared to them, distributing themselves, and a tongue rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with different tongues, as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out.
5 Now there were Jews residing in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together and they were bewildered, because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? 9 Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty deeds of God.” 12 And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others were jeering and saying, “They are full of sweet wine!”
14 But Peter, taking his stand with the other eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, know this, and pay attention to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you assume, since it is only the third hour of the day; 16 but this is what has been spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 ‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says,
‘That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
And your young men will see visions,
And your old men will have dreams;
18 And even on My male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days,
And they will prophesy.
19 And I will display wonders in the sky above
And signs on the earth below,
Blood, fire, and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.
21 And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

I am no longer young, and the dreams I have can be summed up in one sentence We cannot continue as we are. This society is heading to sterility and extinction: from the self hating policies of our education department to the establishment of euthanasia and abortion util birth in the department of health, we have turned away from God and we have grieved his spirit.

And God will not be mocked.

If we have the spirit of God within us we will be hated by the elite, for to join them you have to spurn the spirit of God and renounce the salvation that comes from Christ. Scott Morrison is an exception, and the Aussies should pray for him, for there are many who want him to fall, and one of theirwoke ilk replace him. As a Kiwi, whoere the governemtn has gone full woke, this is something to be fervently avoided.

But this I know. Peter did not ask for permission to worship God. The spirit of God does not require permission from liturgical planners, or the civil authorities. He preached out of season, on onoe of the three high holy days for the Jews.

And so should we. For we all need to reform. We need to pray for revival, beginning with me.