The Pentecost, by El Greco, c.1600, via Wikimedia Commons
Come Holy Spirit, set your church on fire
Strike it as the lightning hits a reaching spire.
Burn away the structures and consume the shame
Of our holy systems. Come in Jesus name.
Blow away the cobwebs of our stubborn past
Come blow up among us, myths unfit to last
Wind of change, pursue us and disturb our calm
Teach us what true love is. Take our hearts by storm.
Come, Holy Spirit, convict, convert, and consecrate us.
If the doors of our hearts are closed to the coming of your Spirit,
then break them open, come in, and never leave us again.
Evangeline Rajkumar, Indian theologian and professor
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.