(c) The Rev. Sarah C. Stewart
Preached on 8 June 2014 at Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Plymouth, NH
When we hear a story like the Christian story of Pentecost, we know we’re not hearing history. We’re not reading a newspaper telling us what happened, like remembering D-Day or Tienanmen Square. We’re reading a community’s account of its own creation story, written 60 years after the events took place, by people who probably weren’t there. We’re reading a story of faith, not a faithful account of history. We’re reading and hearing how a community of believers answered a question for itself: how did the power some of them experienced directly from Jesus come to live in their community after he was gone?