23 February 2018
The day of Pentecost is described in Acts as when the church spilled out in to the centre of the city and people thought that the disciples of Jesus were drunk at 10.00am. Those who has hidden in locked rooms and clung in fear to what they knew were thrust into a new place, a dangerous place and they discovered that it was great. They found the power of the Spirit of God enabled people to hear across language barriers and they sang and danced and celebrated the joy of knowing there was hope of new life. There was no church building, hardly a membership roll, it kept on changing, just people whose lives had changed because they knew the Spirit of the risen Christ was with them.
Maybe our experiences haven?t been the dramatic ones described in Acts, but we do live lives which are different because of Christ. Sometimes we get stuck in our ways and forget how we come to be part of God?s people, sometimes we forget as a community why we are here. We are invited on a journey when we follow Christ, one which has surprising twists and turns, a just occasionally we need to remember that we are a mobile people, that the Spirit of God stirs us into love and joy and also challenges us right down to the depths of our soul as to why and where and who we are? We are reminded of fullness of life which God has for us and about those we are sent to serve.
On June 8, we will hang a sign on the church doors which says "Gone fishing- find us out in the City breaking the bread and drinking the wine as Jesus asked us to do" in the place where many of the people are on Sunday morning.. Wet or fine come along, there is room for all at the feast, and be ready to be met by the love and grace of God.
For those who cannot come because of frailty or illness, we will hold you in our prayers and you will be with us as we meet.
Rev. Margaret Anne Low
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