With Pentecost, this week begins the Kingdomtide readings that will continue until the end of the calendar year. Pentecost marks the inauguration of the New Covenant and the ingathering of God's People into His Kingdom. The Old Testament readings begin with Ezekiel, who prophesied from 593 BC until about 571 BC. Ezekiel witnessed God's people being taken into exile, prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah who refused to believe that God would judge them, but then foresaw God's future restoration of His people. The New Testament readings will begin focusing on the Pauline-related corpus, which Luke-Acts provides the narrative backbone for. The Psalm readings will cover a two-week overview of the Psalms of the Sons of Korah.
It is particularly apropos at Pentecost to reflect more on the Holy Spirit. The following readings provide an opportunity to do that this week.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells the congregation there, “Now I will come to you when I pass through Macedonia (for I am passing through Macedonia). And it may be that I will remain, or even spend the winter with you, that you may send me on my journey, wherever I go. … Continue reading Pentecost