Acts chapter 2 refers to the Holy Spirit coming to the apostles on Pentecost. (Held 50 days after Passover, Pentecost was also called the Feast of Weeks. It was one of three major annual feasts, a festival of thanksgiving for the harvested crops. Jesus was crucified at Passover time, and he ascended 40 days after his resurrection. The Holy Spirit came 50 days after the resurrection, ten days after the ascension. Jews of many nations gathered in Jerusalem for this festival.) Verses 1-4: "When the day of Pentecost arrived, the apostles were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance." With the international crowd at the Festival, they could all hear the disciples proclaim the Good News in their own tongues, but more miraculous was that they saw the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the disciples witnessed, loved, and served and as a result the church grew and Christianity spread.
The Holy Spirit is like having a GPS for each of person. Because of the Holy Spirit, the disciples were empowered to spread the Good News and begin the early church. The Holy Spirit is still here to empower believers today and give strength, courage, and insight to work for Christ today. The Holy Spirit will always point to Jesus Christ and seek to guide believers to serve the Risen Lord.
Prayer: “God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, as you sent upon the disciples the promised gift of the Holy Spirit, look upon your Church, open our hearts to the power of the Spirit, and strengthen our lives for service in your kingdom; through your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.”
Sunday morning worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship and adult Bible study. All visitors will be welcome guests. Third Thursday Fellowship for senior citizens is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on June 19. "Weird Animals" is the vacation bible school theme for July 21-25 from 9-11:30 a.m. Kids mark your calendars, you'll have an awesome time learning about how much God loves you. More details will be coming soon.