Sermon by Heston Groenewald 3rd June 2018

After sharing his thoughts with us about Luke 9:28-62 and being overwhelmed Heston left us with some quotes and thoughts to ponder over.

For pondering…

The simple fact is that the world is too busy to give the Holy Spirit a chance to enter in… (William Barclay)

A spiritual life is simply a life in which all that we do comes from the centre, where we are anchored in God: a life soaked through and through by a sense of his reality and claim, and self-given to the great movement of his will.  (Evelyn Underhill)

 The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.  (Genesis 2:7)

 When Jesus had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’  (Luke 3:21-22)

 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.  (Romans 8)

 Jesus breathed on his disciples and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’  (John 20:22)

 The Holy Spirit is the manifest Energy of God in the world. She is, moreover, the Strengthener, Guide, Revealer, Consoler and Encourager who dwells within us and acts upon us. (Carroll Simcox)

 There are very few people who realise what God would make of them, if they abandoned themselves into his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace… (St Ignatius of Loyola)


 Developing Holy (Spirit) Habits: following Jesus in Luke’s Gospel

  • Bible learning/teaching
  • Fellowship and eating together – including (especially!) across social divides
  • Praying – communal and individual
  • Giving
  • Service
  • Worship – in ‘church’ and in the great outdoors
  • Gladness and generosity
  • Making more disciples

For praying…

Come, Holy Spirit;
send down from heaven’s height your radiant light.

Come, lamp of every heart,
come, parent of the poor; all gifts are yours.

Comforter beyond all comforting,
sweet unexpected guest, sweetly refresh.

Rest in hard labour, coolness in heavy heat,
hurt souls’ relief.

Refill the secret hearts of your faithful,
O most blessed light.

Without your holy power
nothing can bear your light,
nothing is free from darkness.

Wash all that is filthy, water all that is parched, heal what is hurt within.

 Bend all that is rigid, warm all that has frozen hard, lead back the lost.

 Give to your faithful ones, who come in simple trust, your sevenfold mystery.

 Give virtue its reward, give, in the end, salvation and joy that has no end.

 (Venite Sancte Spiritus – Come, Holy Spirit)


When the heart is hard and parched up,
come upon me with a shower of mercy.

When grace is lost from life,
come with a burst of song. 

When tumultuous work raises its din on all sides, shutting me out from beyond,
come to me, my lord of silence, with thy peace and rest.

When my beggarly heart sits crouched, shut up in a corner,
break open the door and come with the ceremony of a king.

When my mind is blinded by delusion and dust,
O thou holy one, thou wakeful, come with thy light and thy thunder.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

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