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Pentecost Sermon: Babel Revisited

On Pentecost, the community that was divided by God at the Tower of Babel is recreated in the miracle of communication at the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Babel Revisited
Acts 2:1-21

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs-we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

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A perfect Pentecost

Other than the first Pentecost recorded in the Book of Acts, I can’t think of a better Pentecost Sunday than ours last week.  Many of our members wore red, as is our custom on Pentecost.  Our worship began with the baptism of a 9-year-old boy who had professed his faith in Christ several weeks ago.  I had baptized his older brother a couple of years ago, and Sunday Raines followed Christ in baptism.

But, Sunday was also Mothers’ Day, and we usually do our Parent-Child Dedication service on Mothers’ Day.  This year, Raines’ parents, Andrew and Staci, dedicated their newest boy, Charlie.  So, a baptism and infant dedication on the same day.

This week we’re sending one of our members on a mission trip to Port Sulphur, Louisiana.  Karen is going to help rebuild houses as part of a team from our Baptist association.  We commissioned Karen to go representing our congregation, which had given generously to cover her expenses for this trip.  Later in the summer, both Karen and her son, Cameron, will go back to the Gulf Coast area, so we also commissioned Cameron for that mission trip.

The Holy Spirit was certainly at work in our midst.  My text was the lectionary reading from I Corinthians 12:3-13.  We read the words of the Apostle Paul, as he said…

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

And we agreed that God was at work in our midst, calling forth the gifts of his people in a variety of ways.  A baby, a child, a teenager, and an adult — all responding to God’s call and claim on their lives.  Pentecost continues wherever God’s people experience God’s presence and respond in faith.