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This Sunday at Bethel
— 9th Sunday after Pentecost, July 26, 2015
The word “spirit” means breath, and to have breath is to have life. The Holy Spirit is God’s life in us.
This Sunday we focus on the third article of the Apostles’ Creed, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.”
It’s the nature of spirit to be elusive. You can’t see it or pin it down, but you know it when it’s there.
We sometimes talk of “catching the spirit” of something—a school, a team, a workplace, or a congregation. The spirit of a place may be a bad one.
Some groups are permeated by a spirit of blame, ingratitude, boredom, or rivalry. It’s not a nice place to live, because it’s a place of death, not life.
The Holy Spirit binds us to God’s life, which is marked by a spirit of forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and hope.
The Holy Spirit binds us to Jesus’ own life of faithfulness.
See you in church,
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