Laryngitis on Pentecost

A Postcard for Pentecost Sunday 06/05/22

Feast of the Pentecost, June 5, 2022, St. Barnabas in Roanoke.

50 days – Pentecost Sunday.

After a week of house and yard chores, my voice started to fade on Saturday afternoon. I did everything I could to not lose it. Drank lots of water. Hot tea with lemon. By the time Sunday morning arrived, my voice was fading fast. I would not have enough voice for an enthusiastic (or long winded) Pentecost sermon.

So I spoke rather quietly about the often overlooked gift of the Holy Spirit – understanding. We get so caught up in the sound like wind and the tongues like flames, we forget that what shocked the crowd was that the disciples spoke in languages that the crowd could understand.

So my whispered Pentecost invitation is for each of us to allow the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel through our words and lives in ways that people can understand.

So let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit! Alleluia! Alleulia!


A sermon for St. Barnabas in Roanoke, Alabama, on Pentecost Sunday, 06/05/22:

Principal text: Acts 2:1-21

Audio only


Coming next

  • June 12 – Trinity Sunday – Church of the Messiah, Heflin
  • June 19 – 2nd Sunday After Pentecost – St. Paul’s, Greensboro
  • June 26 – 3rd Sunday After Pentecost – Church of the Messiah, Heflin

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