The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
What we are about to do in here, stays in here. Is everyone with me? If you’re into Holy Spirit stuff, raise your hand and wave it around. If, as a traditional Episcopalian, you believe waving hands in church is a bit excessive, quietly nod your heads. Those who are already asleep – please don’t bother them. Now, here’s what’s up. I have researched words that mean “spirit.” For instance, spire means spirit or breath. We say that Handel and Bach were inspired to compose music, or Van Gogh to paint. Something from outside fills hearts and imaginations: an inspiration. When someone dies, they do what – expire? They breathe out for the last time. Conspire, con meaning with, is to “breathe together.” What we’re about to do I learned from professor and preacher Barbara Brown Taylor. We’re going to intentionally breathe to get us thinking, “Holy Spirit.” On three, breathe in and hold until I say, “Release” Then breathe out. Ready? One, two, three – breathe and hold; “Release.” Don’t let this get out, especially to Homeland Security. You and I just created a conspiracy.