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Welcome to Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church – we are a midsized congregation in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., worshipping at the corner of Church Street and Main Street, where Faith meets Life, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Some of us would describe ourselves as progressive, others would describe ourselves as conservative; but we all would describe ourselves as welcoming, caring, and active in working to share the love of God with the community around us. We are open-minded and openhearted as we try to live faithfully in a changing world.
Can These Bones Live?
May 23, 2021 Pentecost
The Rev. Dr. Susan Gilbert Zencka
Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church
Texts: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15;Ezekiel 37:1-14
I know, this is not the usual Pentecost story –where is the rushing wind, the tongues of fire, the speaking and understanding many languages, and 5,000 new believers joining the church, right? And I deliberately didn’t choose that story for a couple of reasons. First, I love the story from Ezekiel for so many reasons, and we’ll talk about some of them. Second, that familiar Pentecost story, especially alongside the passage from John’s Gospel, suggests that the Holy Spirit’s work began on Pentecost, 7 weeks after Easter. But we know that’s not true, right?
As you all surely know by now because I’ve mentioned it many times over the years, both in Greek and in Hebrew, there is one word that means breath, wind, and Spirit. In Hebrew, the word is ruach; in Greek, it is pneuma. So in any given verse, it is the choice of the translator whether to translate these as wind, spirit, or breath.
And, these words are in use long before the spectacular events in Jerusalem 7 weeks after Easter in the traditional Pentecost story. Listen to the very first two verses in the Bible:
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