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  • 31 May 2020 - Sunday Worship for Pentecost

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Pentecost

 

Pentecost

Easter Sunday marked the first time we ‘met’ together as church, using either the ‘Zoom’ app or using the paper form of our weekly Home Service, rather than gathered together in our church buildings. Now, as I write, a second vitally important Christian festival is on the horizon for which, once again, we will not be able to join together in Christian Community in our churches – the celebration of Pentecost.

 

Pentecost, of course, is the birthday of the Church! It is when, as promised by Jesus, the Holy Spirit descended to those gathered together ‘like a rush of violent wind’ that filled the whole house. St Luke’s account in Acts 2:1-21 tells us that tongues of flame settled on their heads and they were mysteriously enabled by the Holy Spirit to communicate with people of all languages. The crowd was astounded!

 

Peter addresses the gathered people stating that this coming of God’s Holy Spirit and all they had witnessed that Pentecost day, was the fulfilment of the prophecy of Joel:

 

“In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit” (Acts 1:17-18a)

 

So, one of the most important things about Pentecost is that the coming of the Holy Spirit brought everyone together as one. Sons and daughters; young men and old; slaves and free, male and female, people of all nationalities - all are made equal by faith, in the coming of God’s Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth whom Jesus promised would abide with us and within us (John 14:17) for all time (Matthew 28:20).

 

As we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, bringing everyone together as one, even though we will not be able to do so physically this year in our celebration of Pentecost, let us remember that we are still one in prayer with and for one another. We are still one in worship together, even if it is through the use of technology. Indeed, as the lockdown continues (even as some aspects of it are presently being eased) we remember in prayer those for whom the impact of isolation is still being keenly felt, especially by those who are most vulnerable.

 

At Pentecost, let us remember that we are still united in our faith and in our hope for the future, and as we look towards the coming of what many people are calling the ‘new normal’.

 

If you would like to read the Scripture verses at the weekly on-line Sunday service please contact Mike.

 

Also, let Mike know if you have particular prayer requests (for yourself or others) in these challenging and uncertain times and If you would like to contribute a prayer, poem or reflection for the weekly Sunday service outline.

 

MinisterRevd Mike Perrott