Some random thoughts about Pentecost on the eve of Pentecost
Reading Acts 2 again, I have been struck by the way in which the story is about speaking. The Spirit comes and people speak: pray, praise, proclaim the gospel. What is a sign of the Spirit at work in our lives? Our speech!
In some recent discussions about liturgy which, in a sense, have been about lively and living liturgy (how to have it?) rather than liturgy that feels just a little bit on the dull side, my mind keeps returning to the 1970s and early to mid 1980s. Wasn't one spontaneous effect of the charismatic movement in those days, lively liturgy. We used the prayer book (viz "1970 Liturgy") because we didn't have any idea that we didn't have to use it, and when we sang we had lively songs which seemed, well, livelier than now (when, do not get me wrong, we have wonderful songs). At any moment singing in tongues might break out or a word of prophecy. The Spirit seemed to move among congregations in ways that doesn't seem to happen now. It is the Spirit's complete and absolute right to move or not to move. But I think it is our right to say, "Come back!"
Or am I being just nostalgic and remembering a few wonderful but rare moments in years otherwise, mutatis mutandis, no different to church life today?