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A warm welcome wherever you are this Pentecost Sunday


'When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.'
Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)

When was the last time  that we heard the wind of your Spirit roar through this place? 

When was the last time  your fire lit up our church? 

When was the last time  we took you at your word and met together in expectation of your Spirit filling this place, and these lives with your Glory and Power? 

Lord, you challenge us with Pentecost.

Do we believe that this  was a once in eternity experience, never to be repeated? 

That the Holy Spirit was poured out  on your followers for a single purpose, and ended His work at that instant? 

If so, then maybe that is why the Church  seems so powerless in this age, helpless when faced with the needs both spiritual and physical, that we see in the world. 

Lord, as we meet together,  and celebrate once again the memory of that first Pentecost,  may it be for us as it was then a moment of empowerment, an awareness of your Glory in this dark world, a life changing experience.

Spirit of life:     Fill our emptiness with your fullness 

Spirit of power:     Stir our hearts afresh 

Spirit of love:     Touch us, and through us, our neighbour 

Spirit of Creativity:     Enable and empower the gifts you have given 

Spirit of Eternity:     Draw us ever deeper into your Kingdom 

   Amen

Kerry's Pentecost talk


Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy;
Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my works, too, may be holy;
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy;
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend that is holy;
Guard me then O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)