Pentecost: We Were All Made to Drink of One Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

3bNo one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.

4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord;6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • As you breathe, receive the Holy Spirit.
  • As you embrace the Holy Spirit, notice a spiritual gift given to you.
  • How do you wish to honor this spiritual gift today?
  • Remember, we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
  • Remember a spiritual companion who shared with you the gift of wisdom.
  • Remember, we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
  • Remember a spiritual companion who shared with you the gift of knowledge.
  • Remember, we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
  • Remember a spiritual companion who shared with you the gift of faith.
  • Remember, we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
  • Remember a spiritual companion who shared with you the gift of healing.
  • Remember, we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
  • Remember a spiritual companion who shared with you the gift of working of miracles.
  • Remember, we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
  • Remember a spiritual companion who shared with you the gift of prophecy.
  • Remember, we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
  • Remember a spiritual companion who shared with you the gift of discernment of spirits.
  • Remember, we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
  • Remember a spiritual companion who shared with you the gift of speaking in tongues and/or interpretation of tongues.
  • Remember, we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
  • Savor these gifts of the Spirit.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, May 31, 2020, the Day of Pentecost, Year A

Acts 2:1-21
Numbers 11:24-30
Psalm 104:24-34,35b
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 7:37-39

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  (c) 2020 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX.  Upon completion of her spiritual direction training, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time.  Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within.  It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well.  So she began to share them on this site.

As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance.  If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do.  Keep wrestling.  God is faithful to your journey.  Love and hope will emerge.  Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.

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