Read Acts 11:11-18
And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Greetings in the Name of Christ!
Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. It remembers the day when the Spirit of God was given personally to the disciples following Jesus’ death. Through the Sprit, the disciples received courage to speak and witness to their faith. They also received wisdom, peace, healing, power, and a vision of God’s kin-dom here on earth and the words and actions to move humanity towards the vision. The Holy Spirit is the gift of God’s self to each of us. It is always around everyone; however, in baptism we invite God to come and move within us. Invitation and attention to this gift needs to be nurtured daily.
Dr. Rev. Wendell Luke will be officiating in Pentecost worship. I hope that you will join him as we celebrate this historical scripture story and open ourselves up to the Holy Spirit within us once again. While we remember the faith stories of our ancestors through the Bible, Jesus came that we might have new life through him and the Holy Spirit in our lives: here and now.
Where has God been moving through you? Sometimes the ways are small and we are reluctant to claim them as movement of the Holy Spirit. However, we are called to be faithful in small things (Luke 16:10) before being trusted with much. Look to see the Holy Spirit movement: Name it, Claim it, Share it; and then watch and listen as to how God is working more and more in your life and in other’s around you.
…be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18b)
In Christ’s Light and Love,