May 31, 2020

Acts 2:1-21 John 7:37-39 “Channels of Living Water” On Thursday evenings when First Church folk gather on Zoom for “Tea and a Chat,” I usually offer some kind of brief devotional or reflection, along with a question for discussion. This week, I highlighted the story of that first Pentecost after Jesus’ death and resurrection, and noted the way that God surprised the first Apostles with the powerful experience of God’s presence in wind and fire, and the challenging mission of proclaiming God’s deeds of power to the world. It’s not unusual for God to show up in people’s lives with an element of surprise. It happened many times throughout the stories of Scripture, and our little group on Zoom shared stories of our own experiences of being surprised by God, often in a positive way. I could have honestly said that I was surprised to be moving to Regina three years ago, and that I was surprised to be saying “yes” to a nomination to be Moderator of our church. But looking back, many of those surprises came with both challenges and also blessings. Another topic of conversation in our First Church fellowship gatherings online this week has been “the wind.” On Tuesday evening, our theological discussion during “Did you ever wonder?” was interspersed with comparing notes about the wind, and rain, and lightning of the storm going on outside. And many other conversations have included discussion of the weather, the sunshine, and the strength of the wind experienced by … Read more »