Shower Us With Your Spirit

Shower Us With Your Spirit
     One of the things I love about my new call is being able to worship at different congregations throughout our Sierra Pacific Synod. Our congregations are each unique reflections of the communities that they are a part of.
     A few weeks ago, I had the privilege and joy of attending the last worship service at my friend and colleague’s congregation: All Saints Lutheran Church in Novato. Pr. AnneMarie Burke is a good pastor who was a gift for our synod. Many pastors and her congregation will most certainly miss her. I know I will.
     At the beginning of worship, she stood at the back of the church and presided over the Thanksgiving for Baptism. At the end of it, she recited these words:
 
Shower us with your Spirit, and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace and love.
     Right after she uttered those words, a small four-year-old little girl stood up in her pew, smiled, and lifting her small arms up over her head boldly proclaimed: “SHOWER US”! No doubt, she found it quite silly and fun that her pastor had talked about taking a shower in church!
     Pr. AnneMarie didn’t miss a beat. She stopped, looked over that congregation which she had loved and served for over five years, put her arms up over her head and said with a strong voice, “Shower us with your Spirit.”
     Then she encouraged us to repeat that phrase, and we did. Three times (so Trinitarian of us!) we exclaimed with boldness and joy:
Shower us with your Spirit.
     The exquisitely lovely thing (I’m not making this up – honest!) was that we all could hear the rain coming down on the outside of the church. Actually, some of it was coming through the roof into a bucket to the right of the baptismal font as well! (We know it’s true.  Into all our churches, a little rain does fall!)
     We could all use a good dose of God’s Spirit in our lives, in our churches and in our country. It’s a good, simple, bold prayer for us to pray.
    May you be like that four-year-old little child – filled with joy and laughter and wonder and thanksgiving for all of God’s good gifts.
     Let us pray:  Shower us with your Spirit, O God, and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace and love.
     May God continue to bless you and your congregation.
In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Kathryn Gulbranson
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