Hi Table View Methodist Family,
This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday - the day on which we celebrate the event that occured 50 days after Jesus crucifixion at Passover.
For the Jewish people the festival of Pentecost was the festival of first fruits; Passover celebrated crossing in to the promised land; Pentecost represented life in freedom in the new land. They celebrated by bringing the first fruits of their harvests into the temple to give thanks.
Acts 2:1-21 • Psalm 104:24-34, 35b • Romans 8:14-17 • John 14:8-17, (25-27)
The scriptures for this Sunday offer different perspectives on the Holy Spirit; I especially like Psalm 104:24-30, from The Message
We remember how in the first stories of creation God's breath gave life to Adam and Eve, and all living creatures. Genesis 2:7 - "God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive—a living soul!"
Life depends on God's Breath. Most of us know how horrible it is not to breathe properly; bronchitis; pneumonia, asthma, being cooped up all day in a stuffy and windowless office. You can feel your body becoming tired - struggling to cope. Breath is life. The breath of the Spirit is that which gives us life...
I especially like Eugene Petersen's rendering of Psalm 104:26 - "There the ships go to and fro,
and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there." - Petersen writes: "Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them." According to the New Bible Dictionary's entry on Leviathan: "In Ps. 104:26 it is clearly of the sea and is generally thought to be the whale, although the dolphin has been suggested."
The creative Holy Spirit breathes life into the world - and not just life - but exuberant life - I look forward to talking about living life in the power of the Holy Spirit this Sunday at 8 and 930. Mr Malibongwe Vazi will lead the 11am service.
For the winter holidays the 8 & 930 services will combine at 8h45. I've organized for there to be some filter coffee available - the different time should help us all to spend some time in fellowship before or after the services.
Rev Angus Kelly