Good folks, it is Friday, May 22, 2015.
Please forgive me for last week’s Frankly Speaking that did not get written. My bad.
I am so proud of our 2015 Confirmation Class: Keeland, Edie, Hannah, Christian, Daniel and Kennedy. I see future leaders in this group of young men and women. They give me hope for the church and community. We should all do what we can to encourage and enable them to be faithful in their spiritual journey.
Sunday we celebrate the Day of Pentecost. It is often said that this is the day the Church began. I am one that believes that the followers of Jesus and others were empowered with the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, to go out to be “proclaimers” with a boldness and confidence not experienced in prior occasions. Pentecost made the difference with those present in the “entire house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:2) And it was one diverse group of folks…the most unlikely coming together. Like Sunday morning in our churches.
Interesting that this event did not happen in a temple setting, but in someone’s house. God cannot be limited to His actions within the confines of a church building; however, and read carefully, Christians are called to be in community, not in isolation. It is in the gathered community that God will always achieve His desire for the church. This should be a reminder for those that have been absent from Sunday activities to reprioritize. I thank God that God is more faithful than you or me. We would be in a heap of trouble otherwise. (Hint, Hint, Hint)
Part of Sunday’s sermon will be about the diversity of those present and how this miracle-moment revolutionized whole cultures; however, the one message of this moment was its one message that day: “speaking about God’s deeds of power.” (v11)
Maybe that is where we should be in our conversations when we talk about the church and how God has done deeds of power in our lives. How His grace is sufficient and His comfort is always there.
I pray that you will be at church this Sunday to experience and hear the story of Pentecost. It is the church’s story. It is your story.
May Christ’s Shalom be yours always, in abundance.
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)