Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Power Source

I learned recently that our electric bill for July at the church was $2,333.45 (!).
This includes the daily use by our school, which reimburses us for their part, our regular usage, and our Vacation Bible School usage.
That’s a lot of money, though, and it started me thinking about the source of the church’s power.
The weekend after we installed air-conditioning in the old church we had a wedding. It was summer, it was really hot, and the church was packed. I told the congregation that I imagined they were really glad they were there on that particular Saturday, instead of the one before. Afterward, I spoke with a guest who told me (I think only half-joking) that he didn’t think churches should be air-conditioned. He thought that people should have to sit there and consider the alternative.
I don’t know that that’s the best way to get our message across.
We have a power-source that is inexhaustible and 100% clean. The power of the Holy Spirit leads us to the faith that takes us to heaven.
It is embodied sometimes as wind in the Bible, Acts 2:2 for example.
It “has called me through the gospel,
enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy
and kept me in the true faith, just has he calls gathers, enlightens, and makes holy
the whole Christian church on earth
and keeps it with Jesus Christ
in the one common, true faith.” (Luther’s Small Catechism)
That’s pretty cool!