BLOGFORCE Monday Roundup: The Holy Spirit

Pentecost-of-many-tonguesThis last week, the BLOGFORCE challenge was: “Tell us the story from your time in the Episcopal Church that you have felt the Holy Spirit at work.”

Below are the abstracts of the blogged responses with links to the full posts.

Steve Pankey wrote in The Holy Spirit at Work:

“It’s late. It’s a Wednesday in Lent. He won’t answer.” I tried to make excuses, but I knew deep down that this was not the way she would have normally reacted. She, like me, had planned to return to PA, to be near home, to be close to family, so her enthusiasm about the possibility of moving to within 10 miles of the Gulf of Mexico was the first evidence of the Holy Spirit at work. Well, the first sign for me at least. She had received her first sign on the way home from work that afternoon, when the radio in her car malfunctioned and the only thing she could listen to was one song on the CD player. The artist? Lynyrd Skynyrd. The song? Sweet Home Alabama.

David Simmons wrote in The Scrum:

During the ordination of a priest, the candidate kneels before the bishop and the congregation sings the Veni Sancte Spiritus as the other presbyters present move forward to surround the candidate. The power is palpable. The change apparent. It isn’t magic. It’s not about the words or the manual acts. It’s not even about the Bishop. It is the gathered community of Christ, lay and ordained, that the Holy Spirit comes to, not the Episcopal magus. We are made in the image of God – the image of the complexity of the Trinity – but we can’t live into the fullness of that image. Perhaps that is the source of our human brokenness. God simply will not leave us comfortless, despite our efforts to the contrary.

Robyn Barnes wrote in Unschedulable Spirit:

We had volunteered to serve our Church on a national level; we had arrived for meetings. We came with agendas and hopes and goals. Committed to fixing, improving, changing our Church. More important than any of that, to all of us whether attending that Eucharist or worshipping at home, is the faith that keeps drawing us together.

Megan Castellan wrote in I’m so sorry for your loss, Emily Dickinson:

Sometimes the Holy Spirit comes in the middle of lovely, elaborate Sunday morning liturgies. Sometimes the Holy Spirit comes when you are tired, disgruntled, and looking for a dead bird in the middle of the night.
This is the latter.

Adam Trambley wrote in How we got a Coffee House:

The Holy Spirit works in unexpected ways.  Recently the Holy Spirit worked through lounge furniture, hospital music making, and a closing church to bring people together for a coffee house at St. John’s Church in Sharon, PA.

Brendan O’Sullivan Hale writes in Married.  Or Not.:

Should the church decide in 2015 or 2018 that it’s ready to declare marriage between members of the same sex a sacrament – great. But this “official” sacrament of marriage is one that I will never receive, because it is already mine. Last October Frank and I touched Jesus’s cloak and claimed our blessing. There’s nothing second rate about the sacrament we received – even if for the moment the Spirit demands we officially call it something different.

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