Jean & Revd David Barnes
Have you ever noticed that we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the world pauses to celebrate Christmas with us? We rejoice at the resurrection and some of the world recognises Easter as a special day on the calendar. Yet we come to the feast of Pentecost (Whitsun) and hardly anybody recognises it.
The feast of Pentecost (5th June) is the time we celebrate the birthday of the church. It’s also the time we remember the Queen’s Jubilee. Most birthdays and most parties have one thing in common, presents! Birthday presents come in all shapes and sizes. When the church celebrated its birthday, it was no different. The gift it received, however, was very unusual indeed. It came wrapped in wind and decorated in flames and descended on each of the disciples. It was the gift that would change them from frightened timid people into courageous preachers of the gospel. It was the gift of the Holy Spirit, the power of God empowering them to fulfil Jesus’ command to go to all nations and baptise them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
God offers us that same gift today. It costs nothing, it’s free, all we have to do is accept it and use it for the furtherance of his Kingdom.
Max Lucado tells a story of a lady who had a small house on the sea shore of Ireland at the turn of the 20th century. She was a wealthy woman but also quite frugal. The people were surprised when she decided to be among the first to have electricity in her home. Several weeks after the installation, a meter reader appeared at her door. He asked if her electricity was working and she assured him it was. “I’m wondering if you can explain something to me,” he said. “Your meter shows scarcely any usage. Are you using your power?” “Certainly,” she answered. “Each evening when the sun sets, I turn on my lights just long enough to light my candles; then I turn them off.”
The old lady tapped into the power but she did not use it. Her house was connected but not changed. It is very easy to make the same mistake! Denis Yarborough put it very well when he said, “We too – with our souls saved but our hearts unchanged — are connected but not altered; trusting Christ for salvation but resisting transformation. We occasionally flip the switch, but most of the time we settle for the shadows.”
So come and join us as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the Queen’s Jubilee on Sunday June the 5th. It’s a time to allow God’s Holy Spirit to invigorate and transform you into that which he wishes you to be.
Yours in Christ’s service
For local enquiries relating to Week St. Mary Church matters please contact either of the Churchwardens: Lesley Booker Tel: 01288 341221 or Linda Cobbledick Tel: 01288 341468
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