Pentecost 2021

Pentecost Sunday | May 23, 2021

Acts 2:1-21 • Psalm 104:24-34, 35b • Romans 8:22-27 • John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

John 15:26-27 | New Living Translation

26 “But I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me. 27 And you must also testify about me because you have been with me from the beginning of my ministry.

John 16:4-15 | New Living Translation

Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning. I didn’t tell you earlier because I was going to be with you for a while longer.

“But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. 10 Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. 11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.

12 “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, on this day, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, you revealed the way of eternal life to every race and nation: Pour out this gift anew, that by the preaching of the Gospel your salvation may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Running Update

It’s Saturday, so that means it’s time for a running update. This has been a good week on the running front – at least for total miles – I did 5 on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and broke out to 7 this morning. This does not include 8 miles walking. So that makes 30 total for the week. I am at 95 miles for the month and am hoping for at least 120. It was nice to get out for a long run today – even though it was slow. It was good to be pressing on and feeling much more like the old running me instead of the running me lately. Pressing On!

Sunday Night Thoughts

Here we are on a Sunday night. We have about an hour till it gets dark. It has been an amazing day – especially considering it was a hectic week. I am enjoying relaxing and not having to think about what I need to get done – and other deadlines.

This past week, I spent the week getting our taxes done. That’s never a job that I look forward to. But it is done for another year. I was also preparing for our local church conference. The first one I’ve officiated in two years. One of the cool things is that I was able to get in all my running this week, although it appears today I broke my run/walk streak again for the second time this week. Tomorrow I will get started again.

Yesterday we decided to get out of the house for a while and traveled down to Salisbury, MD. That was fun. We needed to pick up some stuff for decorating for Pentecost Sunday, which is coming up this coming Sunday. I am looking forward to that celebration. We also looked for several markers on the Trans-peninsular Line. This is the line that divides Maryland and Delaware. We even made it to the SW corner of Delaware. It is easily accessible by road and is not a tourist trap.

Today was a great day. We had a great Zoom call prayer meeting with Wesleyan pastors. Then it was time for worship. During the worship service, Pam and I were officially installed as pastors of The Journey. I preached a State of the Church address – along with lots of visuals. One of the interesting things was that I was able to control the presentation software remotely with my tablet. It is cool not to have to rely on the tech person, even though he does a great job, but this was a fairly dynamic presentation so I wanted to control when the slides changed. My message was well received and then it was time for our Local Church Conference. That went very well and afterward we went out for lunch. For the first time since November, Pam and I went out to eat in a restaurant. It was a different experience for sure.

This week, on Friday, Delaware will be relaxing many of the COVID-19 restrictions. Restrictions limiting capacity will be eliminated but you will still need to maintain a distance of 3 feet. Also in most outdoor masking restrictions will be lifted and if you are vaccinated you will be able to remove your mask indoors. I am pleased that many in our congregation have been vaccinated. Sussex County has over half of 18+ fully vaccinated. So a move toward normal is beginning to seem possible.

That about wraps it up for the week. See you next week following Pentecost Sunday!

Prayer for the Week

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Running Update – May 15

It’s Saturday, so it must be time for a running update. Considering that I failed to plan for the week and the busy week that I had – I did very well in my running game. Part of that is because I get up most days as dawn is breaking and have my run in before most people have had breakfast. I did three 5 milers back to back on Monday through Wednesday. I didn’t do any workout on Thursday – it was a crazy day and I was getting fasting blood work done, so running without replenishing fluid would have been a bad idea and then the rest of the day was busy. I ended up breaking a 17 day run/walk streak. So I ended up running back to back yesterday and today. The week finished with 24 miles running. One of my highest running mileage totals for a week in a long time. I also had four miles walking on Sunday. So not a bad week all in all. I had some good runs and then there was today – my legs did not want to cooperate at all.

For the month I have 65 miles. I am ahead of every year since 2015 and I’m working on taking that down. 2012-2014 are the only years that I am behind on, but I was in tip top running shape then. So it will hard to beat those years (at least this year.) I should be able to come close to last May’s 135 miles. So I continue to Press On!