As you are probably aware today is Pentecost Sunday. Here is our reading for the day. Acts 2:1-21. Let’s hear it as the coming together of the community of God with the community of followers.
Hear the words –
- ‘all together in one place’,
- ‘the Spirit appeared among them’,
- ‘tongues of fire rested on each of them’, ‘
- the crowd gathered’,
- ‘each one heard them speaking in the native language of each’,
- ‘all were amazed’ and
- ‘I will pour my Spirit out upon all’.
Community is found where each person gathers and communicates.
Years ago I did a Spirit journey to Mungathiri – the Simpson Desert with a group of other pilgrims (aged from late teens to folks in their 70s).
I went looking for Jesus in the solitude, but I found him in the community with others.
Disparate, different, most only there for a week or so, and except for people such as Nigel (and his wife Annette) and Rev. Matt Wilson or Dean Drayton – people who I wouldn’t see much of again, but we became reliant on each other for our survival and well being – which is what community is – home is the people more than the place.
Looking Outwards – today we have invited Rev. Nigel Hawken, Chaplaincy Convenor South for Uniting to speak with us today.
(His message is on the video)