June – 2017
June 4 (Pentecost)
Joel 2.28 (Contemporary English Version)
[God says], “I will give my Spirit to everyone. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your [elders] will have dreams, and your young [people] will see visions.”
The Wisdom of Black Elk
“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”
Acts 2.1-4 (English Standard Version)
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
June 11 (Divine Unity)
The Wisdom of Tegh Bahadur
“Why do you go to the forest in search of the Divine? God lives in all, and abides with you too. As fragrance dwells in a flower, or reflection in a mirror, so the Divine dwells inside everything; seek therefore in your own heart.”
The Wisdom of Hafiz
“Cloak yourself in a thousand ways, still I shall know you, my Beloved…You are the breathing of the world.”
Deuteronomy 6.4-7 (ESV)
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Psalm 100 (Good News Translation)
Sing to the LORD, all the world!
Worship the LORD with joy; come before [God] with happy songs!
Acknowledge that the LORD is God. [God] made us, and we belong to [God]; we are [God’s] people, we are [god’s] flock.
Enter the Temple gates with thanksgiving; go into its courts with praise. Give thanks…and praise [to God].
The LORD is good; [God’s] love is eternal and [God’s] faithfulness lasts forever.
Psalm 116.1-2, 12-14 (GNT)
I love the LORD [who always] hears me; [God] listens to my prayers.
[God] listens to me every time I call…
What can I offer the LORD for all [the] goodness [given] to me?
I will bring a wine offering to the LORD to (show gratitude).
In the [sacred]assembly…I will give … what I have promised.
June 25 (LGBT Pride)
The Wisdom of Harvey Fierstein
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”
Psalm 69.1-2, 13-14, 16-18 (GNT)
Save me, O God! The water is up to my neck; I am sinking in deep mud, and there is no solid ground; I am out in deep water, and the waves are about to drown me.
But…I will pray to you, LORD; answer me, God, at a time you choose. Answer me because of your great love, because you keep your promise to save.
Save me from sinking in the mud; keep me safe from my enemies, safe from the deep water. Answer me, LORD, in the goodness of your constant love; in your great compassion turn to me!
Don’t hide yourself from your servant; I am in great trouble—answer me now!
Come to me and save me; rescue me from my enemies.