Guest Speaker: Andrew Stravitz // The Cruciform Spirit

A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.
— Leonard Cohen

Through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, God has provided hope for the world and for all our lives. But so much of life seems tied up in our fragility, stress, inadequacy, and failures. So often, we do not feel or sense the Spirit of Pentecost, and hope seems a hoax. But the Spirit of God doesn't abide by worldly wisdom, but by a divine and cruciform wisdom -- a wisdom that leads us to feel both ours and others' regrets and suffering deeply, even as God had felt the regret and suffering of us all.


CALL TO WORSHIP

Spirit of the living God, visit us again on this day of Pentecost.
Come, Holy Spirit.

Like a rushing wind that sweeps away all barriers,
come, Holy Spirit.

Like tongues of fire that set our hearts aflame,
come, Holy Spirit.

With speech that unites the Babel of our tongues,
come, Holy Spirit.

With love that overlaps the boundaries of race and nation,
come, Holy Spirit.

With power from above to make our weakness strong,
come, Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Generous God, you send us the Spirit of courage,
but we have been afraid.

You send us the Spirit of truth,
but we cling to our illusions.

You send us the Spirit of healing,
but we cannot let go of our hurts.

Holy Spirit of forgiveness, come to us again.
Shake our hearts.
Set our souls on fire with your love.
Send us out into the world rejoicing in your power.

We hold out to you all our burdens of guilt and sin,
and we ask for your help:
Lead us in the way of justice and love. Amen.