I was honored to have been the invited invocational speaker as Rotary Club of Cleveland and Rotary International honored Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. 

Acts 2:1-21 RMG Translation

 

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together at the Old Stone Church. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind off of Lake Erie, and it filled the entire church where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Republicans, media specialists, security forces and protesters from every State in America visiting Cleveland. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Clevelanders? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Californians, Texans, Arizonans, and residents of Oregon and Washington, Kansas and Nebraska, Indiana and Pennsylvania, 10Alaska and Hawaii, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee, and visitors from New England and New York, Jews and Muslims, Christians and seekers, atheists and agnostics—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of love and power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”

But others sneered and took photos with their cell phones. Some posted: “These Christians are drunk on the new wine.” Others Tweeted, “Look at the Old Stoners!”

But standing as one in Christ, the Old Stone Church raised its voice and addressed them, “People of America and all who live in Cleveland, let this be known to you, listen to what we say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning and the party really doesn’t get going ‘till sometime after noon.

No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel who said: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my servants, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

-RMG

May 15, 2016

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I’m feeling just a wee bit proud today, Earth Day 2016! Click here to read 2 important articles from the May/June edition of Presbyterians Today, our national magazine.

The first is called Windmills Optional (pp10-11), which I wrote. The second, Greening Our Cities (p16-20), offers some great accolades to the Old Stone Church in downtown Cleveland for the work we are doing in the city in the area of planning and eco-justice.