Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Media Connections for Second Sunday in Eastertide

Our scriptural focus for this Second Sunday in Eastertide will be upon John 20:19-31--but in particular the first 5 verses, 19-23. You can read the whole passage here, but the connections below will be mostly to the beginning of the story.

A couple of pieces of art that imagine what the scene of Jesus breathing the Holy Spirit on the disciples that first Easter evening may have been like:

"Jesus Breathes His Spirit Upon the Disciples," by Hanna Cheriyan Varghese

"Appearance to the Disciples" by Ed de Guzman

I hunted and hunted for a movie clip I believe illustrates the power of Jesus' breath in a beautiful way--"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" from C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. The movie doesn't catch the fullness of how Lewis describes this scene in the book, but you can catch a glimpse of it by watching this link I hope: 

Finally, in the coming weeks we will be spending time exploring the Holy Spirit together, this gift the risen Christ gives to us to be active in our lives and help us actively carry on Christ's work in the world. The scripture doesn't always give us a clear-cut definition of what the Holy Spirit is, but it does tell us--in lots of different ways--what it is that the Holy Spirit does. The Wordle below, which includes many of the activities of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Bible, will be our bulletin cover for the next several weeks. Which of these attributes strike you as most important? Which are new to you? Which are most familiar?

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