July 18, 2004

Rosie Perera - “The Role of the Holy Spirit”

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Rosie Perera spoke on "Feast or famine, hearing the words of the Lord". Amos 8:11-12 says, in part, "I will send a famine . . . of hearing the words of the Lord". Rosie developed the theme that this refers to prophecy, not just to reading scripture. Of the two types of prophecy (foretelling and forthtelling), she focused exclusively on forthtelling. Amos lists some of the ills of society (almost all are financial): businesses using unfair economic trading practices, merchants wanting to work on the Sabbath so they can get ahead financially, the economics interests of the poor being overridden by those of the more wealthy (and therefore more influential) citizens. I sense that Amos is concerned that people are focused so much on making money that even if a prophetic voice engaged in forthtelling, it would be missed (hence the prophetic famine). How well do we nurture listening to the Spirit? Do we even believe there can be 'forthtelling' today, or was that only in the past? Are prophets simply people who see crises in society and call for them to be addressed? Do we even know how to test words to see if they are from the Holy Spirit? [JEK]


Passage: Amos 8:1-12
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Speaker: Rosie Perera
Worship Leader: Erna Friesen
Song Leader: J Evan Kreider
Pianist: Kathryn Schmidt
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