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Listen Without Prejudice

“Each one heard them speaking in his own language”

 

If you have ears to hear,

Hear!

Hear it in English, Scots, Gaelic…

Hear it in Polish, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Somali … and any other language spoken in Scotland and around the world today.

God is heard in those tongues too!

 

His message, His love, 

Is for everyone!

 

In all times.

    In all places.

        Without prejudice.

 

Listen.

 

Multilingual God,

Help us to hear your voice,

Open our ears to listen.

And enable us to share what we hear,

So that ALL might hear

And respond. 

Amen.

Acts 2: 1-13

1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’ 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’

 
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