As we come into June, we are immediately reminded of the coming of the Holy Spirit as 4th June is Pentecost (which some of us still think of as Whitsunday).
After the resurrection, when Jesus then ascends to be with God the Father, he promises that he will send the Holy Spirit upon his followers. On the Day of Pentecost, when all the disciples and followers were gathered, an amazing event occurred, whereby each person was able to speak in languages that were understood by all around them, despite their being of other races. There was a sound like the rushing of the wind and they all experienced a kind of blissful state of joy.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that happened now? I have always fancied speaking Italian, but without having to do the hard work of learning the language or grammar! But, actually, our understanding of this passage today is more philosophical; that each person is able to communicate the Gospel, which transcends all barriers, all obstacles, and which will bring profound joy to all who learn of God’s promises, fulfilled in his Son.
The work of the Holy Spirit is going on within and around us, all of us, all of the time. And the outworking of it is when our faith is shared, when those who are in real need find comfort, those who yearn for hope find it in the promises of God, and when we find true fellowship and friendship which strengthens and then enables us to reach out to others.
I pray that the Holy Spirit is strong within and amongst each of us as we respond to consultations about the way our churches will be shaped over the next decade or so with the Diocesan Vision 2030 initiative. Also, in the way the churches in the Benefice will be shaped following our own Benefice Vision Day on 3rd June. Please keep us in your prayers, and if you have any suggestions about what God may be calling us to do and to be in this place, please let us know, as our aim is to serve God by following Jesus Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
With every blessing,
Reverend Chrissy Wilson
And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?