Question of the Day, Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is: How was the Holy Spirit poured upon you?

This week’s text for the Day of Pentecost: Acts2:1-21 (NRSV)

1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
?17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
?that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
??and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
?and your young men shall see visions,
??and your old men shall dream dreams.
?18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
??in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
???and they shall prophesy.
?19And I will show portents in the heaven above
??and signs on the earth below,
???blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
?20The sun shall be turned to darkness
??and the moon to blood,
???before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
?21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’?”

June 2020 Newsletter

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Question of the Day, Friday, May 29, 2020

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is: What special language do you know? (technical, family, regional, occupational)

This week’s text for the Day of Pentecost: Acts2:1-21 (NRSV)

1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
?17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
?that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
??and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
?and your young men shall see visions,
??and your old men shall dream dreams.
?18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
??in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
???and they shall prophesy.
?19And I will show portents in the heaven above
??and signs on the earth below,
???blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
?20The sun shall be turned to darkness
??and the moon to blood,
???before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
?21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’?”

Question of the Day, Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is: What does it feel like to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

This week’s text for the Day of Pentecost: Acts2:1-21 (NRSV)

1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
?17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
?that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
??and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
?and your young men shall see visions,
??and your old men shall dream dreams.
?18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
??in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
???and they shall prophesy.
?19And I will show portents in the heaven above
??and signs on the earth below,
???blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
?20The sun shall be turned to darkness
??and the moon to blood,
???before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
?21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’?”

Question of the Day, Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is: Why did the Holy Spirit come upon them as tongues of fire?

This week’s text for the Day of Pentecost: Acts2:1-21 (NRSV)

1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
?17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
?that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
??and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
?and your young men shall see visions,
??and your old men shall dream dreams.
?18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
??in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
???and they shall prophesy.
?19And I will show portents in the heaven above
??and signs on the earth below,
???blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
?20The sun shall be turned to darkness
??and the moon to blood,
???before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
?21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’?”

Video of Worship, Sunday, May 24, 2020

This is the video of worship held on Sunday, May 27, 2020; the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

Thanks to Chad Derby, our file of previous worship services, and permission from Paul’s family, we are able to feature Paul Boucher singing “God Bless America” today. We miss him and all that he did to enhance our time together. Thanks also to Ann for coming up with the wonderful idea! It is indeed a special treat.

Question of the Day, Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is: Who heard the sound of the violent wind?

This week’s text for the Day of Pentecost: Acts2:1-21 (NRSV)

1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
?17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
?that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
??and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
?and your young men shall see visions,
??and your old men shall dream dreams.
?18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
??in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
???and they shall prophesy.
?19And I will show portents in the heaven above
??and signs on the earth below,
???blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
?20The sun shall be turned to darkness
??and the moon to blood,
???before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
?21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’?”

Question of the Day, Monday, May 25, 2020

The Question of the Day helps prepare you for next Sunday’s focus text in worship. These questions are posted here each day offering an opportunity for discussion. (Just click in the title of this post and you will be taken to the discussion window.) Try it out for a week and see how Jesus will use your time of pondering upon God’s word to deepen your faith.

Today’s question is: Why were the apostles all together in one place?

This week’s text for the Day of Pentecost: Acts2:1-21 (NRSV)

1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
?17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
?that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
??and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
?and your young men shall see visions,
??and your old men shall dream dreams.
?18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
??in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
???and they shall prophesy.
?19And I will show portents in the heaven above
??and signs on the earth below,
???blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
?20The sun shall be turned to darkness
??and the moon to blood,
???before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
?21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’?”