The Last Sunday in Easter, Pentecost
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CALL TO WORSHIP: It is about living, it is about walking with God. It is about living, it is about walking with our neighbor. It is about living.
Scripture of the day: John 7:37-39
Music: A short concert-
MEDITATION: It is about life!
My personal deadline is about to come and go. Each week I have chosen to publish a meditation on either Wednesday or Thursday of the week. It is a moment to look back on the texts for the week and reflect on the realities around me. This has been one of the more difficult times as the week is Pentecost. It is the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Yet, everywhere I look there has been and still is so much discord.
One one hand the promise is gracious and hopeful, on the other hand “someone still has to pay the bills.” There does not seem to be a cornucopia of blessings evenly distributed to bring peace and satisfaction to this hurting world of ours.
The text for the day took an interesting turn; (John 7:37-39) From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.
…and yet, someone has to pay the bills! This mantra of reality kept popping up in almost every conversation. For a moment imagine a diatribe of about 10 billion words now fitting into this sentence. Someone has to pay the bills. However this text talks about life on a different plain. It suggests a peaceful bountiful life beyond the excursions of reality. It focuses on a different reality.
In many ways I needed to be hit with the proverbial 2 x 4 on the side of the head. It was like the old record player that would have a scratch on the record and the song would stay in one spot “hiccuping” out what became noise instead of music. Someone has to pay the bills! So many conversations in the last months have dealt with illness and hospital care, mortgages and homeless people, cost of living and gluttonous ambitions, street violence and justifiable war, kidnappings and prisoners, the list goes on.
The text shares with us a promise so huge that tomes have been written about it. Church families have been shredded over the issue of what it means to be a follower of Jesus, to experience the peace of Jesus. Whole denominations have split, new religions have been created, all over this simple concept, “rivers of living waters.
Somehow basic realities of surviving and ethics has often escaped this “rivers of living waters.” An experience so rich in the presence of the Holy Spirit who wouldn’t want this for themselves and everyone else.
Then in the midst of all this ruckus of the mind the 2 x 4 whacked me! A friend who has been traveling stopped by a church he used to be the pastor of. I now borrow his words from a post he put in Facebook. Listen to the flow, listen to the spirit, hear his surprise, watch as the river refreshens his soul.
Now, what was I saying? Maybe it doesn’t matter. Here Jesus tells us the Spirit comes not concerning the things that create havoc in life but comes to bring life in the middle of living, almost to say I will be sending my Spirit and you will be refreshed, it is all about life!
BENEDICTION HYMN: Create within Me A Clean Heart