From the Pastor’s desk...
Come, O Holy Spirit, Come.”
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:4
Dear friends in Christ,
Picture in your mind’s eye someone who shows up for work or to a family gathering or at the church without much fanfare or big ego. Most of the time you won’t even know they are there. Don’t let their humility fool you. Their presence is both needed and welcomed. Quietly they go to work doing their job moving the company or the school community forward. They bless the family with strength and character and the church with their vision, faith in God and service. When you need someone to tackle the toughest of projects, they volunteer saying, “Let me have this one.” With confidence you entrust it to them knowing the job will be done right. When encouragement or correction is called for, they respond with a wisdom grounded in God’s word and informed by life’s rich experience. An advocate and friend, they speak the right words and give the encouraging hug. They are faithful and steadfast and reward your trust! Everything they do is directed by love. They do not receive enough thanks! And when all is finished, everything is better and everyone is blessed by their presence and what they do!
These words describe the work of God’s Holy Spirit! The Bible tells us that in the beginning the Spirit of God moved over the waters and spoke life to the creation.
God’s Spirit appeared at the baptism of Jesus in the form of a dove.
On Pentecost God poured out his Spirit on the disciples. The young and the old, men, women and children, all nations and people received visions and dreams of the new world God is creating.
This is a world where the Spirit accompanies us each day giving gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self control and generosity.
The Spirit of God is the engine that drives the church and gives power and direction to the communion of saints. The Spirit of God forgives our sins. At the end of our life the Spirit will raise me and you and give to us and all believers the gift of eternal life. The Spirit is our advocate and helper with God. He takes the words of Jesus and declares them to us and will lead us into all truth! So we may learn to glorify God. The Spirit intercedes for us with God in our weakness crying “Abba, Father.”
The Holy Spirit entered your life at baptism. Some one brought you or you brought yourself to a baptismal font, a lake or stream or a baptismal pool in the front of the church and water was splashed on your head in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. God promised to be your God. You promised to live for and serve him. You didn’t do anything to cause or merit this! The Holy Spirit came and like the wind blew God’s life into you! Our sin causes us to doubt God’s favor.
We are loved by God. Jesus sends his love into the world through us.
What dreams and visions is God’s Spirit placing in your heart for this church and ministry? To bring this about will take God’s gifts of your skills, talents, energetic work, time, money, prayer, worship and participation in his kingdom. What is God calling us (you) to do for Him? One person said they would like to see more children at Sunday School on weekends. Would you send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless, P. Dave