This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. You can read about Pentecost in Acts Chapter 2. Jesus' disciples were gathered together (probably praying) when the Holy Spirit filled the room - and they saw what looked like tongues of flame resting on their heads.
We also continue reading The Story, we're on Chapter 13; reading about the life of King Solomon. One of the things that Solomon did was carry out David's plans to build the temple in Jerusalem. It was relatively small, about 90 x 30 feet. When they had finished building the temple and were dedicating it they brought a tremendous amount of sacrifices. 2 Chronicles 7:1 tells us that:
"...fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple."
- 2 Chronicles 7:1
"...present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."
- Romans 12:1
Of course the disciples did not get burnt up by the Pentecost flames; but something a bout them changed. They offered themselves to the Lord as living sacrifices. They were changed by God, filled by the Holy Spirit they were set free and empowered to serve him.
When we gather to worship we invite the Holy Spirit to fill and renew us just like the Holy Spirit filled and renewed the disciples. We ask God to help us to become the living sacrifices that we are called to be - in the power of the Holy Spirit.
I look forward to worshipping with you at 8, 930 and 11am this Sunday. You can read chapter 13 of The Story or in the Bible: 1 Kings 1-8; 10-11; 2 Chronicles 5-7; Proverbs 1-3; 6; 20-21. In anticipation of next Sunday: 1 Kings 12-16.
We have copies of The Story in stock for R70 each. The retail price in stores is about R150, if you need a copy or want to give it to someone as a gift please
The Methodist Church in Atlantis has a Creche that looks after about 80 children. They were receiving government funding but there seems to have been a bit of an administrative crisis. A team from the circuit is investigating the crisis - but in the mean time this crisis means they have no money to buy food for the children.
In response to their plea for help we have just about emptied our food pantry to help them. May I ask that you bring peanut butter, samp, mielie meal etc. to church on Sunday so that we can load up a bootfull / bakkie to help them. Rev Pam Elwood is overseeing the work at Atlantis and she will work with the Society Stewards there to see that the food is properly distributed.
We collect food to distribute to people in need in our congregation, but we also try to help our community where possible. Distributions from the food cupboard are made by the communion stewards and the minister. Please take note of the list of suggested items at the entrance to the church. The ladies groups will be making up food parcels targeted at keeping hunger at bay for a family of four for a week.
Rev Angus Kelly
Rev Angus Kelly