This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. The day on which remember how the Holy Spirit was poured out on the first disciples. The feast of Pentecost (feast of weeks) marked the end of the barley harvest in Israel; a holiday and an offering of the first fruits. It was also celebrated as the anniversary of the giving of the law to Moses at Sinai.
Because of this link with Pentecost, and the offering of the first fruits we invite you to bring offerings for our love cupboard this Sunday, that we can distribute to those in need. As we bring our offerings, we celebrate that God has given us life.
Without the power of the Holy Spirit there would be no life:
God's Holy Spirit is with us - giving us life. When we look at the harvest we remember the mystery of God that makes all things possible.
Besides the natural abundance of the produce of the world in giving us the Holy Spirit God gives us super-natural abundance. The disciples spoke in foreign languages - telling the good news. But as we read Acts we hear how the Holy Spirit guides people. How the Holy Spirit empowers people. And how the Holy Spirit transforms people.
As Paul reflects on the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians; he goes through a list of some pretty impressive things: Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Discernment of Spirits, Tongues, Interpretation...
He invites us to "strive for the greater gifts" (1 Cor 12:31) and, having listed all these amazing super-natural gifts he points out the most excellent gift of God's Holy Spirit:
Paul invites us to "Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts..." (1 Cor 14:1).
God's Holy Spirit can take water and turn it to wine. Can take simple people like you and me and transform our minds and our lives. The Holy Spirit pours God's love into our hearts.
"God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."
- Romans 5:5
9 “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
- Luke 11:9-10 and 13
I know I need the Holy Spirit in my life. As much as I ask and God freely gives there is always some resistance. Thats why we meet together every Sunday, encourage each other - and learn to love Jesus together. Opening our lives to the presence of God the Holy Spirit and encouraging each other more and more to learn to live in love.
This past week we were sad to lose two members of our congregation. Mr Brian Bouch (brother of Maureen Spencer) and Filippo Grilenzoni (Husband to May.)
Brian's Memorial will take place on Friday at 11am.
Filippo's Memorial will take place on Saturday at 10am.
I look forward to worshipping with you as we celebrate Pentecost this Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am.
Synod 23-27 May
From Wednesday we will be holding our District Synod in Simonstown. Please pray for all of us ministers and delegates as we gather to ask God to guide the church. May our hearts and minds be open to hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit.
On 26 May District Ministers swap pulpits; Rev David Howard will preach at Table View Methodist at 930 and 11am. Mr Graham White (one of our local preachers) will preach at the 8am service. I will be preaching at our Parow and Ravensmead churches.
As I write I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead us all as we learn every day to love the Lord and love our neighbours.
Rev Angus Kelly
Table View Methodist Church