Power in the Spirit, 2020
Tuesday, July 7
Welcome!
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 here.

  • An Online Vespers Service, beginning at 6:45 PM and led by congregations throughout our synod. This is in the same Zoom room as our workshop, here.
So Far...
Here are links to what we've done so far!
Considering Depictions of the Spirit: Breath
Considering the Works of the Spirit: Calling
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 arrives as the breath of God, calling us to life.
A Reading from Scripture: I Corinthians 12: 1-11
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
Art by Vickie DeVilbiss
A Poem by Edith Blake
Breath
© Edith Blake
 
B elieve in yourself
R obust in serving God
E nergy to move in deep waters
A ctions to be taken
T ime for reflection
H ope for the future
The Calling of Saint Patrick
[ After having been a slave in Ireland, Patrick recounts :] At last I reached my home, and spent the next few years with my family. They begged that now, after suffering so many hardships, I should never leave them again.
 
But one night in a dream I saw a man coming from Ireland … [and] I heard a voice coming from the Forest of Forclut in the far west of Ireland, calling me: “We implore you, young man, to return and walk among us.” My heart seemed to be breaking, and I could read no more.
 
During another night I heard a voice – I do not know whether it was within me or beside me, only God knows – whose words I could not understand, except for the final sentence: “He who lay down his life for you, it is he that speaks within you.” And I awoke full of joy. And sometime later I saw him praying within me: I was, as it were, within my own body and I could hear his voice. He was praying most powerfully. I was dumbfounded, wondering who it could be praying within me; but at the end of the prayer he said that he was the Spirit. And then I awoke, remembering the apostle’s words: “The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.”
 
Finally, I knew I must go to Ireland.

-Patrick, from J. Thornton and K., Washburn, eds., Tongues of Men and Tongues of Angels: A Book of Sermons .
A Word from Chaplain Chris Bowen
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. Chris Bowen, Chaplain of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Click the video to hear from Chaplain Chris.
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The Rev. Terrie Sternberg, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pulaski, Virginia.
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 “Discerning the Spirit for the Sake of Mission”

Communal discernment in congregational decision making is a well-established (but probably underutilized) spiritual gift. It is a process of listening to, submitting to and being led by the Holy Spirit, especially when the congregation is dealing with weighty issues and/or decisions that could be controversial. We will look at the process of discerning the Spirit as evident in scripture and as used in modern church practice. 
Worship Tonight: Agape Meal!
An invitation from Pastor Heidi Moore of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia:

The Agapé Fellowship Meal or Moravian Love Feast is a midweek worship opportunity recalling the many meals that Jesus shared with his disciples and friends. It includes scripture readings, reflections, and the sharing of food. Agapé meals occur during times when circumstances do not allow for the celebration of the Lord's supper.

In the time of Covid-19, Resurrection Lutheran Church adapted the Agapé for use virtually on the first Tuesday of each month. We use a liturgy that allows for the mutual uplifting and consolation of our faith community and beyond. One of the features is a Quaker “Say So”. Quakers spend time in quiet contemplation of the Word but when the Spirit moves them to speak, they “say so.” 

You are invited to join us this evening as we celebrate this feast. We have abbreviated the liturgy and adapted it to a larger group setting. You are welcome to get a snack and a beverage of your choice to enjoy during the Fellowship Time.
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