by | May 15, 2024 | Uncategorized

You never know when the Word of God may spark your faithfulness.

As a preacher, I often feel proud when someone mentions a sermon I had delivered long ago. However, I must remember that it was not my message, but God’s Word, which resonates long after the words exited my mouth. God sparks the remembrance of the Holy Word, and I and all other homilists are called to remain faithful to the fact that we are simply instruments of the Lord’s message. We pray with the Psalmist, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).”

Amid my annual pilgrimage to a preacher gathering, the Festival of Homiletics, I am in the company of some of the most fantastic orators of the Biblical Message. The experience is always inspirational, one that sets the gifts and talents of the gathered ablaze. We leave this event re-energized to proclaim the Good News in our assigned pulpits.

With the Day of Pentecost to be observed this coming Sunday, I am also reflective of the flames of the Holy Spirit we will lift with words during worship. I remember a fabulous preacher, the Reverend Dr. Stephen Bouman, who spoke about the flames of faith. Then Bishop Bouman preached on Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-15). His message to allow God to be revealed to us in many ways, even in a burning bush, should agitate us to let the sparks ignite us into Holy service. That sermon still resonates in my soul.

Sunday’s lesson from the Acts of the Apostles will tell us about the day the Holy Spirit came down on the followers of Christ like tongues of fire. In preparation for hearing this story once again, ponder what are the sparks that ignite us. We have many ignitors that surround us. A spark plug helps start our cars. A pilot light ensures our homes remain warm. A clicking ignitor on a backyard gas grill preludes a family barbecue. But, more importantly, what sparks your faithfulness in the Lord?

This Sunday, May 19, 2024, join us at 9:30 AM for worship on the Day of Pentecost. Allow the Holy Spirit to spark your soul. Hear the Word. Receive the body and blood of Christ in community with William Bigam, Teagan Coyle, Sarah Lobargo, Bayden Badera, Erin Motika, Madeline Motika, Ella Mueller, Kristopher Mueller, Jack Romanelli, and Khloe Romanelli who will receive this Holy Sacrament for the first time. We gather at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 36 E. John Street, Lindenhurst, NY.


Pastor Marc