Reminder – please come along to church today with a picnic (if you’d like to join us afterwards in the Park). The weather forecast is good and it would be a lovely opportunity for us to enjoy each other’s company as we eat our lunch. We could then go for a walk and the children can play. What a great way to express our being together on Pentecost Sunday!
What a wonderful festival Pentecost really is! We remember that (following on from the promise of the Lord Jesus) the disciples receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. God’s power at work in God’s people. A power that is for you and me today. Have you ever asked the Lord to fill you with his Spirit that you might live your life in his strength rather than your own?
Many Christ-followers answer that in a manner that demonstrates an uncertainty about whether the Spirit really is at work in them! But God wants us to KNOW him and to RECEIVE him in our lives. God has so designed his people and his world that this life of the Almighty might be breathed through us!
It is an amazing truth and one that fills me with a sense of awe and wonder. Who am I to be worthy of this gift? Why should the Lord of the whole earth want to give me this special gift?
Well the answer is that believers are new people in Christ, living through him, by him & for him....as St Paul wrote ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ 2 Corinthians 5:17