A Word From Pastor Lauren Godwin
Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior!
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:2-4
Happy Birthday! Pentecost marks the birthday of the church. What a birthday celebration Pentecost must have been! Can you imagine what it would have been like to be present when “suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting? They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
I don’t ever remember attending a birthday party like the one described in Acts. Just imagine if that happened at one of your birthday parties today. People would accuse us of being drunk or playing a trick on them if tongues of fire emerged and everyone began speaking in the other languages! What would we say in response? Would we seek the opportunity to proclaim the good news like the disciples did? Would we embrace the Holy Spirit and follow its leading? Would we be so bold as to aspire to conspire and inspire with the Holy Spirit?
It is my prayer and hope we aspire to conspire and inspire with the Spirit daily. Being open to the spirit is not an easy task, but will take us to the places where God needs us to be disciples for such a time as this! In those moments and places of holy work and transformation we have the opportunity to share what it means to be a disciple. We have the opportunity to extend an invitation to become a part of the body of Christ. After all, 3,000 joined the body of Christ in one day according to the book of Acts.
To celebrate the church’s birthday, we will have a special birthday party for the church on June 4, 2017! To help us in our celebrations, please wear red! That is the color of the Holy Spirit! You might have noticed it in our UMC logo represented by a red flame next to the cross. The party will be in the fellowship hall following the 11 AM service, so please plan to join us! Invite your friends!! This would be a great time to invite someone to come to church with you! Don’t forget to tell them to wear red for a special birthday celebration!!
In God’s Grace and Peace,