Scripture Reading for Sunday, June 4, 2017 The Fire Of Pentecost

First Reading:
Exodus 3:1-6
Moses was taking care of the flock for his father-in-law Jethro, Midian’s priest. He led his flock out to the edge of the desert, and he came to God’s mountain called Horeb. The LORD’s messenger appeared to him in a flame of fire in the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was in flames, but it didn’t burn up. Then Moses said to himself, Let me check out this amazing sight and find out why the bush isn’t burning up. When the LORD saw that he was coming to look, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” Moses said, “I’m here.” Then the LORD said, “Don’t come any closer! Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground.” He continued, “I am the God of your father, Abraham’s God, Isaac’s God, and Jacob’s God.” Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God.

Second Reading:
Acts 2:1-4
When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.

Message is by Pastor Bob Gilfert

Picture is from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Icon_of_Pentecost_(18th_c.,_Russia._Priv.coll.).jpg

Description
A large icon showing the Pentecost. Egg tempera on wood panel. The Mother of God seated on a grandiose carved throne, elevated on a circular marble pedestal. Surrounded by the Apostles. The Holy Spirit appearing above. The event taking place in an interior, with columns and windows. Painted mainly with tones of maroon and gold. Minimally restored. Russian, 18th century. 53.5 x 45 cm.
Russland, 18. Jh.
Date Russland, 18. Jh.
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