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Lem’s Sermon Notes
May 24 Pentecost & Memorial Day Sunday
A New Fire
I remember my Eight Grade science teacher. Perhaps it’s because this was my first year in a U.S. classroom since I was in the sixth grade. I can’t say it was the first in America because I had been in a Jamaican School for two years. (Jamaicans think they are Americans too – and they are correct.
Anyway, I remember him mostly because he was an awesome teacher. He happened to have worked as a lab tech on the Manhattan Project. (Perhaps you have heard of it.) He knew Oppenheimer personally. Yeah, cool – in a scary kind of way. He taught us about atomic energy.
He called it “a new kind of fire.”
He would then say something like, “Well it’s really not a new kind of fire, it’s just new to humans.” He would explain how atomic energy (fire) is actually as old as the universe. He described how each atom is made, and how it has bundled up in it this enormous amount of energy.
Every time I read this week’s text, I think about that teacher, and what he said. The text tells of how on the fiftieth day after Jesus arose from the dead, a group of his friends were gathered in a room, praying. They had been meeting every day.
Well, on the fiftieth day, while they were praying, a fire came down on each of their shoulders. The fire was new to them, but it was like the fire that was in the bush Moses saw in the wilderness when God called him to free the Hebrew slaves in Egypt. It burned, but did not consume.
Just as the burning bush was a beginning for the Israelite people, the fire on the shoulders of those few of Jesus’ friends marked the beginning of the church.
The Fire was new to Moses. He called it Holy. The voice which came from that bush changed history – most would like to think it was for the good.
The fire which came on that fiftieth day after the first Easter, was new to Jesus’ followers. They called it the Holy Spirit. The message they spoke starting on that day – changed history for ALL humanity. Most say it was for the good.
The atomic fire, now THAT fire came to the world with a terrible destruction. They called it pure terror. Most say it was Hell – but it changed the world too.
So… what’s the difference?
Come Sunday and find out.
It’s really not a mystery, but most don’t get it.
Sermons for the Next Four Weeks
May 31 Silence is NOT Golden! Mark 2:23 - 3:6 Pentecost 1B
June 7 FEAR Mark 3:20-35 Pentecost 2B
June 14 Faith – not Sight 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 Pentecost 3B
June 21 Today, the Day to be Saved 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Pentecost 4B
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To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ; To provide opportunities for: worship, prayer and praise of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit - open communion with the community of believers - study of God's word and growth in Christian education for all ages - fellowship within the congregation to strengthen communication, friendship and unity of membership; To reach out to others through prayer, financial support, action and service within the church family, in the community of Cheney, and beyond the local church into the region and conference, nation and all of God's world; To continue witnessing a nurturing partnership between DOC and UCC within the local church and through support of and involvement in both denominations in all levels and areas of concern.