Call to Worship: Encountering the Spirit

By Laura Kreger, art by Martin French 

This Call to worship was originally given on 9/25/16 at Imago Dei Central City Campus. 

Have you ever taken a personality test? The kind that lumps you into a category and attempts to describe you? Well, every test I’ve taken has told me a few of the same things. I value logic, facts, definitions...concrete and orderly things.

So here I am, assigned to give a Call to Worship about the Holy Spirit. Sorry in advance. Here are a few ways the Bible describes the Holy Spirit: The Spirit hovers and rests. The Spirit searches and fills. The Spirit intercedes. We’ve been given God’s Spirit to drink.

Uh, what? The most tangible descriptions of the Spirit are “tongues of fire” or “a rushing wind.” That’s a start. I want to understand. I want to tell you, “this is what the Spirit of God looks like and sounds like. And this is what the Spirit feels like against you skin or inside your belly.” I want to explain the logic of how the Holy Spirit could be like both the wind and something poured out to drink, even though one goes to your lungs and one goes to your stomach.

I get caught up on words. God knows this. He doesn’t need some online test to understand us. He invented our personality types. If God needed us to define his Spirit, he would have given us the capacity to do so, but he didn’t. So here we are. I propose this: Today, let us put aside our dictionaries and chemistry sets, our cynicism and our callouses, and believe God, the freaking creator of our universe, is powerful enough to communicate with us.

Dive Deeper: Our pastoral staff has put together weekly guides to help us dive deeper into the Scriptures and teachings related to our series on Pneuma, The Holy Spirit. Find them here. 

Dive Deeper: Our pastoral staff has put together weekly guides to help us dive deeper into the Scriptures and teachings related to our series on Pneuma, The Holy Spirit. Find them here. 

Maybe you feelers will feel waves of emotion, conviction and hope. Maybe you sensors will see something you can’t explain any other way. And maybe you analyzers will listen to everyone’s stories and count them as evidence. We don’t notice the air around us until it moves and we call it the wind, or until it’s not there and we can’t breathe. Maybe all we need to do to encounter the Spirit is to notice that something is happening.

Imago Dei, something is happening here. So we pray and give praise to God, who doesn’t require us to solve the mystery. Holy Spirit, makes your presence known in ways we can’t ignore. Be the electricity that moves us, the wisdom that guides us. Show us that heaven is present and more is coming. We are listening.  


Laura Kreger is a poet, writer, editor and member of Imago Dei's team of liturgists who contribute our Calls to Worship each Sunday. For more information about creative liturgy and how to get involved, email arts@idcpdx.com