Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.1 Corinthians 12:4-7
I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young shall see visions, and your old shall dream dreams.Joel 2:28
All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.Romans 8: 14-15
The Spirit is a most interesting character in scripture. It pretty much calls the shots for Jesus of Nazareth, telling him where to go, whom to see, what to do. It gets him in seemingly impossible scrapes and then opens a way through—an imaginative, unpredictable way when there appears to be no way. When you step back and read the stories in scripture, when you take a long view, what begins to emerge is a rather startling picture of the power of the Spirit leading creation into wholeness, fullness, flourishing. I hope you will join us this Sunday as we look at the power of Spirit and what Spirit might be up to in each of our lives and on our planet.
This Sunday we will also spend some time getting your input for a Summer Sermon Series. I am proposing a study of one of two books, both of which would be immensely therapeutic for this particular season of our lives, both of which offer practical guidance on the journey to wholeness. Technology will actually provide a way to see which one our community would like to pursue. The books are:
- Finding Yourself in Transition, Using Life’s Changes for Spiritual Awakening, by Unity author and teacher Robert Brumet, or
- Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Richard Rohr.
It was wonderful to have all of you turn on your video cameras last Sunday and wave at each other, please come prepared to do the same this week and to participate in a poll to decide what direction we want to take this summer!
With so much love and gratitude, Linda