The beginning point for being an effective spiritual leader is to be a spiritual person. This is both an opportunity and a danger. A common foible for pastors is to feel that being the pastoral leader means being superspiritual. In their book Leaders That Last, authors Kinnaman and Ells state that “the pastor/leader must be spiritually minded, but he or she need not be the most spiritual person in the church.” This is a reminder to respect the spiritual journeys of those around us. Being honest about our spiritual shortcomings and leaning on the spiritual help of others can be a growth opportunity for all involved.
—Dwight H. Judy, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
—Romans 8:14 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and
the glory, forever. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Day of Pentecost
- Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
- John 20:19-23 or 7:37-39
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