This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. Pentecost is one of the most important celebrations in the life of the Church right along side Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, because on Pentecost we celebrate nothing less than the birth of the Church itself.
But Pentecost it isn’t just the Church’s birthday. On Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit into the lives of Jesus’ followers in power to give them the courage and ability to make the message of Jesus known to the world. We are also reminded of what it is that the Church, including our church, is supposed to be all about. In celebrating the events out of the which the Church came to be we are shown again what it is that we as a church are meant to be, and the purpose for which we as a church exist.
As we read together the story of Pentecost from Acts 2:1-21 we see Jesus’ first followers sharing what may well still be the most powerfully spiritual experience ever shared by any group of people, and yet as we continue to read the rest of chapter 2, and indeed the rest of the Book of Acts, we very quickly see that that experience was not given to them for their own sake. The Holy Spirit came to them in power for the sake of those with whom they would share the message of God’s promises in Jesus Christ; the promise of forgiveness, the promise of God’s kingdom made known in the world, and the promised gift of the Holy Spirit for everyone who comes to believe. And these are the things for which our church exists as well.
The purpose for which we have been given our own experiences of God’s Spirit in our midst, whether that be in worship or in prayer or in studying the Bible or in serving together, is to continue the work of sharing the message and promise of Jesus with the world. I hope you’re able to join us this week as we celebrate God’s Spirit among us and are reminded once again of the legacy and the mission that have been given to us as members of Christ’s Church.
- Dan B
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- Loretta D
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- Rick H
- Dawn L
- Paul R
- Sue S
- Erika W
Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to have meaningful conversations with your friends, neighbours, family members, or even fellow church members about the things that matter most?
Alpha is exactly that – an opportunity to talk with and hear from others about the things that matter most in life.
Find out more about the NEW Alpha Film Series on Sunday, May 15th, at St. Paul’s Hampton at 11:45 am.
You can also watch the Alpha Film Series teaser here
and even watch the first film in the series here
CLEAN UP DAY
Do you own a chainsaw? Do you know how to use it? Do you find painting relaxing? Do you have the eye of a landscaper? Does getting coffee stains out of white mugs give you satisfaction?
Then we need your help! Anytime between 9 and 4 this Saturday.
We’ll even feed you.
Contact Maren at (506) 488-2874 for details