Celebrating Pentecost

May 23, 2010 — Leave a comment

Eight weeks ago we went through Holy Week and then on to Easter. I don’t know what has been happening in your world, but in mine, the suffering and struggle has continued. And now we come to Pentecost Sunday, a celebration of the Holy Spirit coming in fire and power.

I’m reminded of a sermon I heard when I was in the states. John Manzano pointed out that it’s not that there is good, and then bad comes. Or that there is bad, and then good comes. Instead, as we live life, there are two rails, good and bad, that we travel on at the same time. Although we come to church to escape, to take refuge in God, God sends us back into reality, into “the now and the not yet”, into the glory and the gore.

But since today is Sunday, it’s time to celebrate, and this song seemed appropriate for Pentecost:

He Reigns

“It’s the song of the redeemed
Rising from the African plain
It’s the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain
The song of Asian believers
Filled with God’s holy fire
It’s every tribe, every tongue, every nation
A love song born of a grateful choir

It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns…

Let it rise about the four winds
Caught up in the heavenly sound
Let praises echo from the towers of cathedrals
To the faithful gathered underground…”

Steve Taylor and Peter Furler

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