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The gift of the Holy Spirit profoundly shapes the way we see ourselves, the way we see our church, and the way we see the story of the world. Jesus pours out the Holy Spirit on the church, evoking our wonder and empowering our witness. This gift of the Spirit reframes our past, releases new possibilities for our future, and redirects us in the present.

[Sermon note: I’m not sure if it will come through on the recording, but I remember feeling a peculiar sense of empowerment during this sermon. This sermon wrestles with what it means to live between a past that we cannot change and a future we cannot control.]
Preached at Grace Pasadena in Pasadena, CA on June 19, 2016
Image by Zaccaria Boschetti from Pixabay

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