Monday, May 16, 2005

On the day after . . .

On the great Day of Pentecost, a mighty wind surged forth from heaven, pushing the followers of Jesus out of the house where they had been hiding, and into the streets. Flames danced above their heads, their tongues began to wag, and people from all over the world heard what they said, no matter what their native language. Peter gave a sermon which would cause Billy Graham to turn green with envy, and 3,000 (!) people were baptized.

The Church of Jesus Christ was born!

On the day after Pentecost:

Peter's wife had to yell at him three times to get out of bed, so that he would get his sermon on the website before 9:00 a.m.;

the deacons grumbled about cleaning out the baptismal pool;

and the apostles began to argue about who got to preach on Trinity Sunday, who would choose the hymns, and who would be stuck chairing the Nominating Committee.

Come, Holy Spirit, with your uniting peace;
come, Holy Spirit, with your gracious language;
come, Holy Spirit, with your passion for all people;
Come, Holy Spirit!

(c) 2005 Thom M. Shuman

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