Message from the Scriptures
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit Acts 2
As I write it is Pentecost! This is the day we celebrate the beginning of the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a day of great joy, the body of Christ coming into being through the Spirit. This morning I was watching the service from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rev Martin Fair. Many others took part in Bible Readings and Prayer, and the Moderator led us in our Pentecost message. Very inspiring and uplifting. If you wish to watch it go onto the Church of Scotland website and you will find it under services – ‘Watch the Pentecost service online’
One of the things Martin asked us to think about was to sum up in 7 words what Pentecost means to us. It an interesting challenge, 7 words. Some of the suggestions given are: Encouraging us to rest – rely on Him; On earth as it is in Heaven; Actions to show that God is love and Jesus’ irresistible grace. Then he asks the question, ‘What would your 7 words be?’ I took time to think about it and I came up with ‘God’s Love, Jesus’ Grace, Holy Spirit Power!’ God is my heavenly Father and I cannot imagine life without Him. Jesus, what can I say, he gave His life for me and gave me His grace so that I would be accepted by God just as I am. Holy Spirt, awe inspiring, touching, healing, gentle and whirlwind! I love being a Christian, living for the Lord. My heart’s desire is to be with Him always. The 7-word challenge allows us to think about what the Lord really means to us and just how close, or how far away, we are to Him. It can help us to feel the relationship we have with God and how we can praise, worship, and serve Him better.
So, my challenge to you today is, ‘What does God mean to you? What does Jesus mean to you? What does the Holy Spirit mean to you? The awesome Trinity of God! Then I would love you to tell me in however many words you chose. Please email me, send a letter, text me, messenger me, tell me in a phone call. I would love if you could share your thoughts with me.
Enclosed with my letter is a message from our Moderator, Rev John Fulton, and a prayer from the Churches Together. Some of you will be receiving some other enclosures that have been sent out by email. Enjoy.
May God’s blessing be with you this Pentecost