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Pentecost, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
May 20, 2018

Psalm 104; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

‘She will guide you into all truth’

God, what variety you have created,
arranging everything so wisely!
The earth is filled with your creativity!
… I will sing to you all my life,
I will make music for my God as long as I live.
… Bless Our God, my soul!
Alleluia!

Because today is a special day – 50 days after Easter/Passover – and a day of celebration, let’s tell the story together. God be with you

There are five scenes or chapters …

What was your favourite part of the story? …

Let’s stand to welcome the Gospel with an Alleluia!

When Jesus was with his disciples/followers, he described the Holy Spirit as a Paraclete (the word means Defender or Friend). Jesus said:

“If I fail to go, the Paraclete will not come to you, whereas if I go, I will send her to you …

“When the Spirit of Truth comes, she will guide you into all truth …”

The disciples were sad when Jesus died. They felt that he had left them. Jesus knew the Spirit would come to them as a Defender and Friend to comfort them and to inspire compassion, love – their capacity to comfort others.

This is true – no matter what happens to make us sad, lonely or angry – there’s always the possibility of love, the invitation to greater love. We can learn from our own experiences to better understand what other people are going through. Compassion is learned, it comes through grief. And our hearts can continue to grow wise and warm. Let us thank God for this Spirit!

This Spirit guides us into all truth. We need to be guided. We don’t already understand. There is so much truth – so much to learn together, for our children to learn. Different languages, many fields of research, forms of inquiry, hidden histories, worlds unimagined.

Citing Teilhard de Chardin and Martin Luther King, Bishop Michael Curry of Chicago explored this very theme at St George’s Chapel in Windsor last night. The evolutionary nature of truth (overcoming the ignorance and sense of entitlement of those who oppress/enslave others), the unfolding of truth and love. Let us go gently/boldly with our God who guides us as the wind fills the sails of a boat, as the wind lifts a dancing kite. Amen.