A power greeting
Using the Power Declaration as a two-part special greeting
First speaker: "This is a Pentecost day."
Reply: "And we have power!"
Together (if appropriate) "Make us a signal of the Spirit's power. Let it work. Let it work. Let it work."
Greetings at home
1. Say it to yourself and/or your spouse when you wake up
2. A parent may say it as a child is leaving for school or going out with friends. Try it as an improvement on the basic, "Have fun," "Be good," or "Have you got your lunch?"
3. At breakfast a parent may say the first half ("This is a Pentecost day,") and let the child say the second half ("And we have power.")
Greet/chant as a team
The Power Declaration unifies any team or group that says it together. It is like the shout that a sports team gives when they put their hands all together before they go out to start the game. You may also want to use the Power Prayer with the Declaration.
Part of the feeling of unity comes from knowing what to say. When the coach or team leader says the first half of the Declaration, an outsider would not know how to finish it, but the insiders all do. They belt it out.
Group members may also use it as a greeting any time they see each other outside the group. It reminds them of the whole group, and that is an empowering thought.
Why use it?
The Power Declaration and/or the Power Prayer give us a secure identity and make us grateful for it.
The Declaration sets the tone for our day. Whatever else may happen in this day, however great or awful, must happen in light of this rock-solid truth--that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to make heaven's power available to us on earth.
The Declaration makes our purpose in life crystal clear. We are to bless everyone with the power we get from God.
People who overhear you using this special greeting may wonder if you are using some kind of code, and in a way, you are. It is your way of helping each other keep in SYNC with Christ, your shared project.