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The original plan had been to continue from Pentecost to look at the life of the early church, but in the light of my prayer retreat the previous week, I felt it more important to focus upon this one aspect of the life of the Spirit; prayer.  This first sermon, on a communion Sunday, focussed upon the need for confession as we come to the table.  
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27th May: Pentecost: Acts Chapter 2

These are the rough notes from which I preached on Pentecost Sunday.  The sermon was in two parts; a summary of the work of the Spirit in the scriptures as a whole, and then a focus upon Acts 2 and the day of Pentecost.  
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This sermon isn't mine, but was supplied by our missions department, and tweaked slightly by me to better suit our congregation and my delivery style.  I was away the previous week, and the sermon was presented by one of our members.
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This is the first sermon in a series related to our month of prayer and fasting for missions.
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This was the last of the current series on Revelation.  We hope to pick it up again next year.
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The charts showing the plagues of Revelation and comparing it to the rest of the Bible
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The charts referred to in this entry made the post too large for the site, so I've cut them out and will add them in a specific post following.  I suggest you open them in another browser window or tab.  
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15th April, 2012; Revelation 8.1-5

After Easter, we moved straight back into the book of Revelation; indeed, we barely left it...
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Notes:  The readers have specific characteristics; number one is reflective and young.  Number two is angry and outspoken.  Number 3 is worldy-wise and perhaps a bit cynical.  He doesn’t always sneer, but he might.  Just as number 2 doesn’t always shout – but he might.  And number one is not often far from tears. 

Without action, the words must communicate the drama of the story, and so clear diction (speech) is essential.  This will come with familiarity with your lines and confidence in the arc of the story. 

Remember also that you are telling part of the story in the context of a bigger production.  Your part is important, but it doesn’t all rest on you. 


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