Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
The Response: Psalm 104:25-35, 37 was led by David Maitland. *(verse 31) “You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth.”
The First Reading Acts 2:1-21 was read by Arthur Clark. On the day of Pentecost Jesus met with his disciples and a group of believers in a closed room. As he taught them a sudden violent wind filled the entire house and all were filled with the Holy Spirit. Divided tongues, as of fire, descended upon all present and enabled them to speak in different languages, but they were understood by all. Though many were from different nations, they could still speak to one another and understand what was said. Being confused and astonished they wanted to know what was happening. Peter explained that this happening was prophesized by Joel: “I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.”
The Second Reading, Romans 8:14-17, was read by John Greve. Here Paul tells us that if you are led by the Spirit of God, you are children of God. We have received the Spirit of adoption and God is our Father. We are joint heirs with Christ and will be glorified with him.
Reverend Gooch read the Gospel of John 14:8-17. Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father. Being a little disturbed that they still did not understand the concept of Jesus and the Father being as one, He tried again to explain. “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” He replied that all his words and works came from the Father above and they should know him through that. Jesus further tells them that he will be going to the Father soon, but he will leave them an Advocate, the Holy Spirit. Only those who believe will receive him and he will be with them forever. “You know him, because he abides in you, and he will be in you.”
Reverend Gooch related that the word Pentecost meant 50 and this was the 50th day of Easter. Today is the feast of Pentecost and we celebrate it because it was the day the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the believers. This is our feast day to celebrate because it happened to us.
Jesus did not bestow the Holy Spirit only on his disciples. There may have been at least 3000 believers there that day. At least 120 were in the room, and all spoke in tongues and received the Holy Spirit. Peter explained that all who repent of their sins and are baptized will receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus was showing us that we should all be unified, regardless of what language we speak. With the help of the Holy Spirit we can all be unified in his love.
Have you received the Holy Spirit? Peter said that the promise is for all whom God has called. The gift is yours if you have responded with repentance and baptism. This is the gift of God. Do not try to control the Holy Spirit, but instead follow his guidance. Make yourself available to him. Some feel it would be too risky to let the Holy Spirit have control, for who knows what he might want you to do. The Holy Spirit is powerful, but he is good. The Holy Spirit will direct and move you, but with love. It is not the power for what we do to, but the power for what we do for. We are to be his witnesses and his people. The gift is yours if you dare to receive it and let it work through you. Be available and it will work in and through you.
Last Thursday members participated in a meal and a time of sharing faith. Everyone there enjoyed the occasion and wants to repeat it in the future. This Wednesday, May 22, there will be a Bible Study and light meal at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. We invite all who wish to participate to join us. Sunday service on May 26 will be at 9 a.m. with Reverend Robert Johnston as pastor. Everyone is invited to join in the worship. PIM website.