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Sermon for Pentecost
Water Won't Quench the Fire: Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost Learning to Live Without Jesus
Sermon by William G. Carter based on John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 excerpted from Water Won't Quench the Fire: Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (SermonStudio)
Everywhere you looked, you saw people in tie-dyed t-shirts. Mothers gave drinks of apple juice to their children, while men in gray pigtails sipped Budweiser and tossed the empties beneath somebody's car. Teenagers spread blankets on the asphalt and took naps in the summer sunshine. Middle-aged hippies danced freely throughout the Philadelphia parking lot. Hundreds of mourners spontaneously gathered outside the Spectrum to bid goodbye to rock guitarist Jerry here for the full sermon

Children's Sermon for Pentecost

The Giant Book Of Children's Sermons: Matthew To RevelationThe Funnel Of God
Children's sermon by Wesley T. Runk based on John 16:12-15 excerpted from The Giant Book Of Children's Sermons: Matthew To Revelation (SermonStudio).
Object: a funnel
Good morning, boys and girls. Have you ever tried to pour something from one bottle into another bottle? (let them answer) Do you usually spill some of it when you try to do this? (let them answer) Do you know how to keep from spilling whatever you have in the bottle? (let them answer) You can be extra careful, but I have a better way....
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The Immediate Word
Chris Keating

Of Pentecost, Polls, and Power

Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost is coming, but the question to ponder is “Will anyone notice?”
     It’s a serious question. This year, the church’s celebration of Pentecost is not competing with just the 37.5 million Americans who will be away from home. We’re up against a lot more than baseball, patriotic parades, and camping trips. Missing from church this Pentecost will be the ever-growing pool of Americans who have long since stopped attending.
     We’ll be missing more than just Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia.
     This isn’t news, of course, but the recently released Pew Religious Landscape Study documents just how quickly U.S. adults are leaving church. The survey indicates that there are about five million fewer Americans identifying as Christian than five years ago.
     The impact is felt everywhere, and in every denomination. Those who identify as “nones” are still growing, as is the quite broad category of “nothing in particular.” The rapid decline is fueled in part by young adults (members of the “millennial” generation), but includes numbers from every age demographic. Like those gathered in Jerusalem who witnessed the Spirit’s descent on Pentecost, many are perplexed and confused. We’re saying to each other: “What does this mean?”
     We can point fingers at kids who won’t come back, or argue about styles of music. We can panic and trade in our Geneva gowns for skinny hipster jeans. Or perhaps we can take a cue from Peter, who stood before a confused and chaotic crowd and raised his voice to say, “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.”
      Pentecost is coming -- will anyone notice?...
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Grace In The Midst Of Hopelessness

Submarine accidents are rare. Successful submarine rescues, unfortunately, are rarer still. The complex variables of depth, pressure, temperature, and time conspire to doom most trapped sailors. During one celebrated rescue attempt a message could be heard reverberating through the hull of a downed sub. It was tapped out in code from the inside, metal clanging against metal: Is there any hope?
     At the beginning of the twenty-first century the world is waiting for an answer to that question. Opinion guru George Gallup has concluded, "People in many nations appear to be searching with a new intensity for spiritual moorings. One of the key factors prompting this search is certainly a need for hope in these troubled times."
     What the world needs now is hope. Thinking people crave assurance that there are good reasons for waking up tomorrow morning -- that our presence and our efforts are not meaningless -- that our being here is actually making a difference in the outcome of world history. Sadly, the grounds for hope on which too many of us stand are unable to endure a serious shaking.
     All too often our response to the seemingly endless deluge of global change and conflict is what amounts to "hope against hope." We turn away from CNN and sigh, "I don't have a clue how to solve these crises. I hope someone will figure it out." We spend our adult years succumbing to a dependence on credit cards, then say, "I hope there's a surprise financial windfall in my future so I can retire." But real hope is not lottery-level optimism. Authentic hopefulness isn't an irrational shot in the dark that someone, somewhere, will come through....
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Frank Ramirez

An Advocate to guide us

Sooner or later most of us have the experience of getting behind the wheel for the first time. No matter how much preparation we?ve been given, or what examples we?re following, it can be scary when it?s our turn. But it has to happen. My first day driving was as a high school student. I thought the instructor would show us how to drive and then let us circle the parking lot at school -- but no, we plunged into Los Angeles traffic, then went off into the mountains to drive alongside sheer cliffs....
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Keith Hewitt

The Gift

Psalm 104
“If you don’t mind me saying so, you’ve been looking troubled for the last few weeks,” a voice said behind him, as John Randall-Todd pondered the view on the monitor at the front of the wardroom.
     Without looking, he replied, “If you don’t mind me saying so, you’re trying to justify to NASA the cost of sending a psychologist on a deep space mission, when there were physicists, astronomers, geologists, climatologists, and engineers lined up twelve-deep for every slot on this ship.”  He did look, then, and smiled to take the edge off his answer....
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Janice Scott

Simon and the Holy Spirit

When he grew up, Simon was going to be a great football player. He had decided this at a very young age, as soon as he was big enough to kick a football. He practised and practised not only kicking his football, but controlling it with his feet. He'd often go to the playing field by himself, in all kinds of weather, and dribble the ball up and down the field. He became so proficient that when he played at school, the rest of the team thought the ball must be stuck to his boot....
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Cynthia Cowen

The Power of God Comes to Us

Object: Balloon
The Point: God sends us the power of the Holy Spirit that we might live as children of God.
The Lesson:  Welcome, children.  I am thankful that you came up to share with me. Today is a special Sunday in the life of our church.  We celebrate Jesus sending us the gift of the Holy Spirit....
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