From the Minister’s Desk
When the Holy Spirit comes…
Over the last few weeks, we have enjoyed the longer days, coupled with a rise in temperatures and mood uplifts! It is incredible that as our spirits lift, during this time of the year, we look forwarding in anticipation to the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit, the comforter, the advocate and the one who would lead us into all truth. This is the promise given to the disciples in Luke’s account, in the days preceding Jesus ascension:
“While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ”This," he said, "is what you have heard from me; for John baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (Acts 1.4-5)
Shortly afterwards, whilst gathered in Jerusalem, the Spirit of God came upon them like tongues of fire and they began to ‘speak in tongues’. The event was astounding to all who witnessed it and consequently many where baptised into the Way of Christ, thus the Christian Church was born. Inspired by the experience and their love for Christ, the good news of Christ’s saving grace spread throughout the region and soon to far off places.
For over 2000 years the many were added onto the numbers and the Christian Faith grew throughout the world. Recently, the numbers of those following Christ and those coming to faith in Christ in Western Europe in particular continues to decline. The gospel has not changed, the love God in Christ remains assured, yet we are called to testify and witness to this truth in a way that changes lives, in a world that has turned its back on God.
It was encouraging engaging with the 9-day global prayer initiative “Thy kingdom come”. During this time, the endeavoured to make Christ known in different ways globally. We prayed for a wide variety of things including the renewal of the Church. We prayed for the Spirit of God to fall afresh on the Church, and for the continued outpouring in this community, and to share Christ in acts of loving kindness that will speak for themselves.
That is good news and cause for celebration. The writer of the fourth gospel reminds us of the words of Jesus:
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning…”
The Revd Charity Nzegwu