Power in the Spirit, 2020
Friday, July 10
We're glad you're a part of the Power in the Spirit online community this week. Here's what you can expect each day:

  • This Morning Devotional, including writings, a recorded message, and an origami craft.

  • An Evening Workshop at 5:30 PM, led by a presenter from within the Virginia Synod. To see the complete schedule of workshops, click here. The link to the Power in the Spirit Zoom room is below.

  • An Online Vespers Service, beginning at 6:45 PM and led by congregations throughout our synod. This is also in the Power in the Spirit Zoom room, linked below.
So Far...
Considering Depictions of the Spirit: Fire
Considering the Works of the Spirit: Evangelism
Each day, we consider the Holy Spirit from a different angle. We will look at how the Spirit is depicted in scripture. We will examine the different ways the Spirit works in our world. We will look for ways the Spirit meets us in daily life. Through poetry, readings, visual arts, and crafts, we will spend time with these images and themes as we prepare for each evening's gathering on Zoom.

Today, we're considering how the Holy Spirit lights a fire within the Church, sending us out as evangelists.
A Reading from Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”

All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’"
Art by Vickie DeVilbiss
A Poem by Edith Blake
© Edith Blake
F iguring out God’s will for our lives
I nstilling lasting confidence
R eaching out with zeal
E nduring the trials of life
A Reading from William J. Seymour
1. The first step in seeking the baptism with the Holy Ghost, is to have a clear knowledge of the new birth in our souls, which is the first work of grace and brings everlasting life to our souls. " Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God ." Every one of us that repents of our sins and turns to the Lord Jesus with faith in Him, receives forgiveness of sins. Justification and regeneration are simultaneous. The pardoned sinner becomes a child of God in justification.

2. The next step for us, is to have a clear knowledge, by the Holy Spirit, of the second work of grace wrought in our hearts by the power of the blood and the Holy Ghost. " For by one offering, He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified, whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us " (Heb. 10: 14, 15). The Scripture also teaches, " For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one; for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren " (Heb. 2:11). So we have Christ crowned and enthroned in our heart, " the tree of life. " We have the brooks and streams of salvation flowing in our souls, but praise God, we can have the rivers. For the Lord Jesus says, "H e that believeth on me as the Scripture hath said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. This spake He of the Spirit, for the Holy Ghost was not yet given ." But, praise our God, He is now given and being poured out upon all flesh. All races, nations and tongues are receiving the baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the prophecy of Joel.

- “Receive Ye the Holy Ghost,” sermon sometime between 1906-1908.
A Word from Pastor Ingrid Chenoweth
Each morning we hear from a pastor in our Virginia Synod, who speaks about today's theme. Today, we give thanks for this message from the Rev. Ingrid Chenoweth, Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Front Royal. Click the video to hear from Pastor Ingrid.
Do you need closed captions? YouTube will generate them for you! Once you're on the video page, just look for the "cc" symbol and click it.
The Rev. Jeniffer Tillman, MD, Apostles Lutheran Church, Gloucester
Tonight's Live Workshop on Zoom, 5:30 PM
Join us on Zoom at 5:30 PM tonight! Click this link or manually enter:

  • Meeting ID: 878 4206 3307
  • Password: 581963

Stay for worship at 6:45 PM!

Tonight's topic is: “Growing Younger: 6 Essential Practices for the 21 st Century Church.”

Hey! Do you want to help your Church grow younger? Check out my course, where I invite you to consider six essential practices that will help your community reassess where it has been and what God is calling you to be.
Worship Tonight at 6:45!
Pastor Chris Carr and the people of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Richmond, VA, will lead worship tonight immediately following the presentation. We will stay in the same Zoom Room for both the presentation and worship. Pastor Carr and CtK got us started with worship on Monday, and we're glad to welcome them back for our closing worship.
Arts & Crafts!
Each day we'll include a coloring page and an origami guide. In these times of limited travel and social interactions, you may find that the simple acts of coloring and folding paper will still your mind and bring you peace.
Click here for today's origami instructions, provided by OrigamiWay.com. Consider setting aside a space in your home for each day's creation. The gathering of icons will grow as our week proceeds.

For more information about the history of origami, click here to visit PBS.org.
Coloring is for all ages! And if you ever struggle with focusing during a prayer, you may find that busying your hands with crayons or colored pencils will help calm your thoughts. Click here for today's coloring page.
Power in the Spirit
A Ministry of the Virginia Synod, ELCA