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Preacher and Word of Holy Spirit, poem by Peter Menkin
by Peter Menkin
11/08/09
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Preacher and Word of Holy Spirit
A poem by Peter Menkin

September, days
of Pentecost,
What comes here now‚¶?
Sensibly bring to talk
about sermons:

The Holy Spirit.
Modern days, 21st Century
Says
In this State, in this County, in this town;
let‚s not speak of religion,
Or faith, or spiritual terms
This post Christian era‚
Its despair of no God, Christ(?)
What is: What comes?

Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost‚
That Word, the Word,
What comes here now.
Speak in sermon, spontaneously
We say, and mention the work
Of the Holy Spirit in this enterprise
Of preaching, saying from the pulpit,
The lectern, standing before the faithful,
Of Gospel: breathing language.

Tame words, not so‚always, but passion
Of history, time, man, Christ
And God, Holy Spirit. Always.
What comes here now‚¶?

I believe, so the preacher preaches,
And he writes or says extemporaneously
Talk driven and meant for listening to & for
Of Pentecost, the tongues of language and flame,
Its working ways come forth! Halleluajah!
Christ is Risen, come Holy Spirit.


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