Pentecost, Nostalgia and Old Rock and Roll – eh?

Pentecost, Nostalgia and Old Rock and Roll – eh?

I’ve got 2 things going on here!
On the one hand I am trying to work out why would should get excited over an ancient Jewish grain harvest festival? Christians call it Pentecost for their own reasons.
On the other I’m listening to our Friday Friendship Club mosh out to the Silver Beat Rock Band and Choir.
Sometimes if you have enough problems they can cancel each other out. Perhaps that is what I am hoping for here…
I am listening to a group of (mainly) seniors having some nostalgic fun together and I am trying to find something wise to say about Pentecost that hasn’t been said before and that won’t greatly steal the thunder from Sunday’s sermon.
How about this… God’s Spirit isn’t fussy. Neither can God’s Spirit be categorized or contained. God’s Spirit is equally at work in a group of noisy religious fanatics at an ancient festival as with folks enjoying one another’s company over 70’s rock revival.
I know its a stretch…
But what are we expecting from Pentecost Sunday? Are we secretly waiting for a rushing wind and shooting flames to drive us all out into the streets to proclaim “Jesus is Lord”? Really?
I know of people who are “revival chasers”. They will hear of something exciting “breaking out” in some place or other and eagerly go to be part of it. They want to revisit their own little revivals for purposes of nostalgia. A bit like going to an Eagles or Rolling Stones concert. It’s fun to remember, to sing the old songs and pretend we are in our teens.
Perhaps the “Acts of the Apostles” was a bit of nostalgia for its first readers. To remind a church of where they had come from.
In order to make them think about where they are going… It was written to take them forward, not to just remember past glories.
I don’t think God is a repeater.
More on Sunday!