At church, recently, we held services for Pentecost, the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, the third part of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- the Christian understanding of God.
Pentecost is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter, 10 days after Ascension day when Jesus ascended into heaven. Itís also called Whitsun, but doesnít necessarily coincide with the Whitsun Bank Holiday in the UK.
Pentecost originates from a time when the apostles were celebrating a Jewish Festival and the Holy Spirit descended on them, sounding like a very strong wind, and looking like tongues of fire. It caused the apostles to speak in foreign languages. People passing by at first thought that they must be drunk, but the apostle Peter told the crowd that they were full of the Holy Spirit. And it was Godís Holy Spirit that gave the apostles, Christís followers, the power they needed to spread Godís love in the world and begin the Church.
On that day of Pentecost, nearly 2000 years ago, there were only Christís few disciples to spread the Good News of the Gospel, but the Christian Church, worldwide, now has over 2 billion members. It is through Godís Holy Spirit that the Church has grown. And what a privi-lege, now, to be able to be part of that Christian family and to be part of that ongoing story of spreading Godís love.
Godís Holy Spirit is here to help us, to guide us, to be our conscience, to enable us to show Godís love to others and to smooth off those rough edges! Christians have differing experi-ences of Godís Holy Spirit. Sometimes it may be that nudge to phone up a friend who needs support, or it may be the inspiration to write a poem or pray a prayer or paint a picture. And sometimes it might be a challenge to our way of thinking or lifestyle or the conviction that God has called us to a particular area of work.
Godís Holy Spirit is freely available to us all. We only have to ask God and to be prepared to go where we might be led.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me
Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me
Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.
With love and prayers,