Happy Easter Season!
I hope this finds you well & coping to excelling in the midst of our new reality of Covid19. It appears that the Valley must be doing a pretty good job of social distancing, washing hands and following guidelines (masks, gloves, etc) when we venture out. We’re very blessed to live in a
beautiful area of the country with a smaller, less dense population which allows us to get out into God’s wonderful creation for recreation: walking, hiking, biking, running, fishing. It’s wonderful to be out with sunshine on our faces & to be in nature watching spring make its appearance. Just a couple of days ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see that as the snowplowed mound of snow was disappearing, the spring bulbs were popping up! I am now waiting expectantly for their blooms of color!
We are also so blessed to have new technologies like Zoom so that we can worship together and see the faces and hear the voices of people we are missing and be able to worship God in a community setting once again. It’s definitely the highlight of my week!
May is the month that Christians across the world will celebrate Christ’s Ascension, remembering the day that Christ ascended into heaven-the 40th day of Easter, Thursday May 21st this year. The birth of Christ’s church-Pentecost, the 50th day of Easter, May 31, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the other early followers of Jesus and also recognizes the day that the church was established.
Jesus promised this in John 14: 16-17 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor (or Comforter, Encourager, or Advocate), who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.”
In Acts 1: 4-5 he reminds them again: In one of these meetings as he was eating a meal with them, he told them, “do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you what he promised. Remember, I have told you about this before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit Comes Acts 2: 1—7, 11-12 On the day of Pentecost, seven weeks after Jesus’ resurrection, the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them, and it filled the house where they were meeting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
Godly Jews from many nations were living in Jerusalem at that time. When they heard this sound, they came running to see what it was all about, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. They were beside themselves with wonder. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. ‘These people are from Galilee..
And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.
So, this was the Pentecost. The Holy Spirit arrived to the early believers in a great wind, then an earthquake and a fire. God’s message came in a “gentle whisper”. God may use dramatic methods to work in your life or He may speak in gentle whispers. Wait patiently and always listen.*
*(Footnotes from Life Application Study Bible Acts 2: 3-4}
Have a wonderful Month of May! See you at church!
Diaconate: Judy Workman, Dawn Vitters, Louise Saxby, Suzanne Rancourt, Nancy Divine, Holly Necochea, Mitzi Fitch, Buel (Star) Almquist-Lee