Message from the Pastor

Minister’s Moment

 

In the month of May, the Church experiences two transitions according to the liturgical calendar.  We celebrate Jesus’ Ascension on May 10th and the Day of Pentecost on May 20th.

 

Pentecost is one of the oldest celebrations of the church—old enough to have been mentioned in Acts and in Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. This Day is celebrated the fiftieth day after Easter and is often considered the birthday of the Church. It supplements the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which took place fifty days after the Passover and marked the sealing of the Old Covenant on Mount Sinai.   

 

Throughout the season of Pentecost, the Church remembers that she and her members live a new life in God’s Son through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

In Chapter 2 of the book of Acts, Peter delivers a sermon on the Day of Pentecost proclaiming God’s plan of salvation in Christ. At the end of his proclamation, the people ask this question, “Brothers, what shall we do” (Acts 2:37)? Peter responds, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

 

As we look forward to the summer months of “life in the Spirit” as God’s forgiven, Spirit-filled, baptized children, remember Peter’s message. Let us grow in our Christian faith and in our boldness to “give a reason for the hope that we have with all gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

 

Grace and peace, Barb