Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 23-MAY-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Day of Pentecost – After his crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus had told his followers to wait in Jerusalem for the arrival of the Holy Spirit. When the Spirit did arrive, during the annual Pentecost harvest festival, it happened with a flourish, accompanied by hurricane-like noises and flames appearing above people's heads. In the Christian church, Pentecost is celebrated every year as the time for declaring that God is here among us, to make all things new and bring together those who were previously incapable of understanding each other – people on opposite sides in the conflicts and cultures and religions that divide us. But looking back over the previous year since Pentecost 2020, it is difficult to see what is new, when what we see is so much fear, despair and death brought on by the Covid pandemic. It makes us incapable of recognising risen and renewed life and oblivious of the fire that God sent down to do a new thing. Paul says in his letter to the Romans that the whole creation groans and suffers, and that God's spirit grieves for us with sighs too deep for words. We are all struggling together, all over the world. But God is still with us. We see God's continuing care for us in the hands of all of those who care for us in the pandemic. Whatever happens, God is still with us.
Acts 2: 1-2, 3, 5-8; Romans 8: 22-27

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