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Friday, May 21, 2010


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[May 21, 2010]   --"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting."-Acts 2: 1-2

Pentecost is a very special day in the life of the Church. For those of you who are unfamiliar, or who need a refresher, I want to take this time to remind you why our worship service on Sunday will be so important. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church of Jesus Christ. As we find the disciples they have been waiting. Jesus has been crucified, risen from the dead and has ministered to them before ascending into heaven. They have spent their time in prayer and in the business of replenishing the number of disciples after the death of Judas. Now they await the promised Holy Spirit, and this marks its arrival. It is believed and affirmed by Christianity that the Holy Spirit has been uniquely active and present in the work of the Church since this day.

What this means is that Pentecost marks the day when God bestowed His Spirit on the Church for all time. That means wherever the Church is, the Spirit is as well. When the Church worships, the Spirit is there. When the Church conducts business, the Spirit is there. When the Church gathers in mission, the Spirit is there. You get the idea. Wherever the Church is at work, the Spirit is there. But we should remember one thing in this Birthday celebration, the Church implies community. That means that the work of the Spirit happens in and amidst the Christian community! Therefore Pentecost not only marks and celebrates the presence of the Holy Spirit here on earth, but also the permanent establishment of the Christian life as communal. We are all in this together.

Prayer: Holy God, thank you for the gift of the Church. Thank you for calling me into the Church in my baptism and for claiming me as one of your own. Help me to seek the wisdom of the Spirit as I work with my brothers and sisters to do your will. I pray in Jesus' name, Amen.

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