June 11, 2019

06.09.19 “What Does This Mean?” (Pentecost Sunday)


Sun, June 9, 2019 + PENTECOST 

Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH 


Prayer of Illumination 

The Epistle  Romans 8:14-17 

The Psalter  Palm 104 

The Gospel  John 14:8-17, 25-27 


The Anthem  "Gracious Spirit Dwell With Me"  (K. Lee Scott) 


Sermon text  Acts 2:1-21 

Sermon title  "What Does This Mean?" 


The question for us is the same as it was that day: what does this mean?

More specifically, what does it mean for us to learn to speak the language of those outside our building? Instead of expecting others to learn our language, how can we learn theirs instead?

How can we speak and act in a way that creates a sense of welcome for those who are strangers in a strange land, those who have been hurt by the church and are afraid to try again?

How can we speak and act in a way that is like a beam of light piercing through someone’s darkness?

How can we become home for people who are searching for a place to call home, people who have never known the safety of a home before?

What new language would we have to learn?

What beloved things would we have to give up?

What new challenges would we have to take on?

What are we willing to do so that those who are outside the building would feel welcome inside?

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