Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: The significance of the Day of Pentecost
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Explaining the significance of the Day of Pentecost for early followers extending to now times was the direction taken in the homily presented by the Rev. Wally Schievelbein, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, on the Day of Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday.

Pentecost was a Jewish harvest festival that marked the fiftieth day after Passover. As the followers gathered, the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the disciples before the gathered and astonished people assembled in Jerusalem for the festival. Filled with the spirit, the disciples were able to witness to the power of Christ’s resurrection.

Addressing Hannah Chesser and Dylan Nichols on their Day of Confirmation as well as the congregation, Pastor indicated how the spirit creates the unity of faith and gives all Christian diverse gifts for the common benefit of all. One needs one another’s diverse spiritual gifts, because the same spirit has given them to each person for the common good.

Hannah and Dylan were asked to place one hand behind their back and clap in praise. Togetherness became apparent as they could only clap their free hands in praise. There are things done together which can’t be done alone. Adult duty of togetherness is a heavy charge. But if one quits serving God in that manner, both God and the church will suffer.

Humans represents God’s family. Everything one does should be performed by letting God be present in their lives. Any good one does has God’s presence in their actions. Hannah and Dylan, as well as the congregation, were instructed to continually let God’s light shine through them and glorify the father in heaven. With the goodness one experiences, there will come sadness but God never abandons. Nothing one does will make God love more or love less.

As the two honored today or any member of the congregation might leave never to return to the church, they will still be loved by others. God will help them with all the hurt they suffer. Christ dwells in everyone, and they are able to give and share for the common good, flowing in God’s gracious tide of life.

All visitors are welcome to share in the service on June 15 at 9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School class will follow the service at 10:45 a.m.

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