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When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house 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. (Acts 2:1-4, NRSV).

    References:

  • Acts 2:1-21
  • Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (UMH 826)
  • Romans 8:22-27
  • John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I; send me!" (Isaiah 6:8, NRSV.)

    References:

  • Isaiah 6:1-8
  • Psalm 29 (UMH 761)
  • Romans 8:12-17
  • John 3:1-17

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens  (2 Corinthians 5:1, NRSV). 

    References:

  • 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15)
  • Psalm 138 (UMH 853)
  • 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
  • Mark 3:20-35

"With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?  It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade" (Mark 4:30-32).

    References:

  • 1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13
  • Psalm 20 or
  • Psalm 92 (UMH 811)
  • 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17
  • (more...)

He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?" (Mark 4:39-4:41, NRSV)

    References:

  • 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49
  • Psalm 9:9-20 (UMH 744)
  • 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
  • Mark 4:35-41

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! (Psalm 130: 1-2, NRSV.)

    References:

  • 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
  • Psalm 130 (UMH 848)
  • 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
  • Mark 5:21-43