(Based on readings from Acts 2 & I Corinthians 12)
Like those who called the crowd drunken, sometimes we mock the Spirit, belittle those moved by the Spirit, and in trying to make sense of mystery get it all wrong.
Like those in the church at Corinth, sometimes we worry about how our gifts of the Spirit stack up against the gifts of others, we forego the common good by focusing on ourselves, and we behave like a disjointed body.
Forgive us for limiting the Spirit, as we understand it only through our experiences. Help us find grace in those times we feel distant from the power of the Spirit. Help us find humility in the moments we are caught up in the movement of the Spirit.
Open our eyes to see ourselves as we truly are and to see our brothers and sisters as you do so that we might live as community knit together by the Spirit. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)
Friends believe the Good News of the Gospel! In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!