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Celtic Christians likened the Holy Spirit not to a dove, but to a goose. In these three sessions of the fall Gather Bible study, the Rev. Sara Olson-Smith, associate pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, will lead us on our own divine Wild Goose chase. We’ll track the Holy Spirit’s actions throughout the Bible and throughout our lives. We’ll explore how the Spirit moves God’s people into adventures and lives we would never dare risk on our own.

Session 1: Spirit of God: Revealer and resource

The Holy Spirit might be the most misunderstood or mysterious member of the Trinity, but the Spirit of scripture is not shy. Together we’ll uncover the bold, truth-telling Spirit active in our lives. After a quick review of the mystery of the Trinity, we’ll read parts of Jesus’ farewell discourse, and hear how the Spirit continues to reveal the truth of Jesus to us and to the world. We’ll discuss how the gift of the Holy Spirit is a resource for God’s people, giving us power we need to do God’s work.

Session 2: Breath of God: Reviver and reformer

The Holy Spirit is the breath of God, giving life and building community. Beginning with the breath God gave that first human, continuing with the breath that made dry bones dance, God’s Spirit continues to revive us. We will see the ways that the Spirit gives life—not just to us as individuals, but to our communities, reconciling us and forming us into life-giving communities, even in our diversity.

Session 3: Wind of God: Refiner and Re-router

The Holy Spirit is the wind of God, moving us into deeper faithfulness and more authentic love. We’ll see the ways in which God’s Spirit moves us to bear good fruit in the world and refines us into our truest selves. We will also follow the Spirit’s movements through the early church to see how the Spirit re-routes God’s people, guiding us into transformed lives and renewed communities of faith.