Friday, May 9, 2014

Media Connections for the Fourth Sunday in Eastertide

Our scriptures this week are Acts 2:37-47 and John 14:23-29, which you can read here.

Over the next five Sundays leading up to Pentecost, we will be continuing our series on the Holy Spirit--considering what it is we are inviting into our lives when we say "Come, Holy Spirit." What are we welcoming when we welcome God in this invisible but powerful form to live in us, around us, among us? What does the Holy Spirit do?

This week's sermon will focus on how the Holy Spirit serves as a reminder--as we hear in our Gospel text, Jesus promised us that "the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you." What does it mean to be reminded? Of what do we need to be reminded?

Here are a few things to get you started turning these questions over in your head.

A beautiful drawing by Cerezo Barreto, imagining what it looks like when the Spirit comes to abide with us--or make the Spirit's home with us, as the word "abide" means literally:

Some interesting statistics (though I don't know how credible they are, they do speak to our forgetfulness):

Researcher Karen Bolla says the things people most often forget are:
1) Names (83%)
2) Where something is (60%)
3) Telephone numbers (57%)
4) Words (53%)
5) What was said (49%)
6) Faces (42%)
7) Whether we just did something (38%)

Finally, this remarkable song by Jason Gray: "Remind Me Who I Am." Don't we all need that to be done for us every now and then? The video is incredibly powerful as well.

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