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Pentecost Power

The Pentecost Power 

The Pentecost power – not just for one day –

It’s the power to the people – it’s the power for the way.

The Spirit gives the power to believe the Word

That the Father sent us Jesus as our King and Lord.

It’s a life-giving Spirit, we are now born again;

It’s the truth-telling Spirt: we are now God’s friends.

It’s a power-filling Spirit: miracles, and healing, too –

The healing of forgiveness, and the miracle of you!

 

We believe that we cannot, by our reason or our strength,

Even come to the Lord, no matter what the length.

Through the Gospel comes the Spirit to enunciate the call;

Spirit gather and enlightens and protects us from the fall.

To the Body we are joined through the life-giving water:

We are dead to sin, but we live as God’s daughters

And sons.

 

The Spirit was sent by the Father and Son,

Co-eternal, co-equal, our God Three-in-One.

 

The Spirit’s like the wind, answers blowing in the breezes,

Gives us will and direction to do what God pleases.

It removes a heart made of rock and rolls

In its place in our lives a living soul.

The Spirit, Jesus said, would be our Paraclete:

Never leaving or forsaking, giving comfort sweet,

Giving words to the mouth, giving basis for the stand,

It will never, never, ever let us out of God’s hand.

So the Spirit’s in the water, and the Spirit’s in the Word,

And the Spirit’s in the preaching and the teaching we’ve heard.

We are blessed for the journey, we are powered for the way;

We’re forgiven by the Spirit, and the Spirit helps us pray.

If it wasn’t for the Spirit, we would have no faith at all,

So give glory to the Spirit; the Spirit gives us all

We are.

 

The Spirit is sent by the Father and Son

Co-eternal, co-equal, our God Three-in-One.

 

Singing praises to the Father, living praises to the Son,

Rapping praises to the Spirit, we praise the Three-in-One.

The Pentecost power – not just for one day:

The Spirit lives inside us, helping us to say

Amen!

Words (and beats in your head) provided by Pastor Martin Doering

Fallen, Broken – Restored!

Try as we might to walk in the light, our goals are soon fractured by falls. At times accidental, mistakes elemental confront us with bruises or brawls. The flows of a season, or change without reason, bring pitfalls and pratfalls unseen. We try to avoid them; we thought we destroyed them! (Surely, you know what I mean.)

The coin’s other side, the one that we hide, is: we bring sabotage to our way. I dare what’s denied; I follow my pride and determine that I’m going to stray. Mea culpa, we moan, and we try to atone for intentions that brought us to ruin. Bad decisions, mistakes, evil actions, sharp breaks – these sins are beyond our undoing.

The Lord, mighty Savior, looks on me with favor, uplifting me out from my doom. He takes broken pieces, creates what he pleases, reveals his new life in my tomb. Restored and forgiven I’m freed now to live in his wonder-filled mercy and grace.  The burdens are lifted; my life has been gifted to serve and to love for God’s praise.

 

Do restoration and redemption seem too good to be true?

Are the hurts and hang-ups so huge that not even God can heal the hatred?

How do I respond to a message of submission, salvation and service?

 

Lord, lift me from the pits and lead me in the paths of renewal and reconciliation. You are the Shepherd; I will follow You, Jesus.  Amen.

 

 

Please take the time to find and read Psalm 30. Psalm 130 and John 8:1-11.

Pastor Martin Doering

Confused? The WAY of life

Migratory birds are known to fly thousands of miles to find places for feeding, mating and nesting. Sea creatures can navigate through vast oceans in their life cycles. Ants cooperate in excavating nests, building food reserves and enlarging their colonies.

Why are we humans so confused about our lives and our plans?

The apostle Paul wrote of the internal struggle in each of us: “I do not understand what I do! For whaqt I want to do — I do not do. But what I hate, I do!” (Romans 7:15 NIV) Not only do we hear competing voices and viewpoints around us, but we also conduct inner conversations between wisdom and folly, conscience and desire.

The proverbial writer put it like this: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12 NIV) Because our nature has been distorted and warped by sinfulness, our intellect and our desires are not always trustworthy. There are times when we choose to do forbidden things, deadly games, destructive activities or malicious gossip. We follow the temptation; we devise our own sabotage; we wallow in selfishness.

Different thoughts, differing desires, and disparate goals are the ingredients for the confusion in which we stew. Our Lord knows this about us, and provides our rescuer, our redeemer, our restorer. Jesus of Nazareth made what seems to be an audacious claim: “I am the way, and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6 NIV) Instead of confusion, Jesus grants us correction and cohesion. Our Lord guides as a shepherd guides sheep; our Lord teaches the way of mercy, peace, forgiveness and life; our Lord becomes our saving light and our driving force.

Can you hear the voice calling out into your confusion? Do you see the light shining through your darkness? Do you sense the Spirit seeking your soul? Is there someone knocking on the door of your heart?

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world, through him, might be saved. (John 3:17 NIV)

Lord Jesus Christ, show me the way of wisdom and understanding, of healing and hope, of love and life.

 

Please take the effort to read and pray about John 14 and Romans 8.

 

Weary? Here is RESToration!

The motor finally consumed the last drops of fuel. A final puff of smoke came out of the pipes. It was exhausted!

Puns aside, when my motor runs out of fuel, when I am exhausted, my soul is weary. Having neither the desire to complete the task, nor the energy to proceed, my momentum comes to a halt. What has happened?

Perhaps I could focus on the amount or the composition of the fuels I’ve been using. Have I eaten too much, or too little? Did I swallow drinks that contained toxins that rapidly depleted my strength?

Maybe the reality is that I’ve not been taking care of my “machine.” Despite my dreams of being superhuman, I live with a body that needs exercise and sleep, movement and recuperation. The stages of life and exercise change with the activities and the years.

Like a moth drawn to a flame, I have an appetite for staying awake to watch flickering images on a screen or backlit digital displays. Thank God for the people who provide us electricity and lights and computers! But sometimes my hunger for more images and sounds keeps me awake and away from sleep.

Jesus of Nazareth, speaking in another time and a different country, spoke an invitation that seems directed to worn-out and wearied folks like me.  “Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28  NIV)

Those words are directly in line with what David wrote in Psalm 23: our Shepherd Lord restores the soul. Moses had received the promise directly from the Lord: “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14  NIV)

The Lord invites us, especially when we are weary, to find rest and restoration in His presence and power and promises. St. Augustine is reported to have written: my soul knows no rest until it finds its rest in the Lord.

Let us pray:

Lord Jesus Christ, living Word of God, speak to my heart of your mercy and grace.                                     Lord Jesus Christ, living bread from heaven, fill me with strength and revive this weary body of mine. Lord Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life, revive me again; grant me a new heart and a new spirit. Lord Jesus Christ, you are my peace, my rest and my energy. Amen.

Please take the time to listen to Psalm 62.