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    15 May 2016 – Pentecost

    15 May 2016 – Pentecost
    May 13, 2016 Liz Marriott

    Blaze the colours:
    Red, vermilion, orange, crimson,
    Wave the bright flags
    Swirling, dipping, swooping, dancing;
    Raise the voices:
    Laughing, singing, praising, cheering;
    This is Pentecost!

    Brave the crowds
    Believe the good news
    Welcome courage
    Banish fears
    For this is Pentecost!

    And yet, most Gracious God
    If we do this at all
    We do it inside our comfy walls
    Where none can see and we feel safe.
    To do it elsewhere feels distinctly vulnerable
    Awkward and faintly
    embarrassing.
    Yet this is Pentecost.

    Sometimes we do defy our own prudent behaviour
    And use a football stadium –
    Politely, neatly, uncontroversially.
    We might even make a joyful noise.

    Why is it that we find Pentecost
    So difficult?

    Gracious God
    Maybe we are afraid of all the power
    You might release which would
    Indeed change us.
    Maybe we hedge our bets and celebrate
    Enthusiastically
    But oh so sensibly.

    I have a feeling that first Pentecost
    Was not so very sensible,
    Rather rowdy
    Non conformist
    Astonishing
    Powerful
    Glorious
    Courageous
    It was Pentecost
    The Spirit
    Filling
    Overflowing
    Transforming

    Celebrate Pentecost
    Amen and Amen and Amen
    Hazel Parsons

    Reading: Acts 2
    SthF 384 Holy Spirit rain down, rain down

    Liz Marriott