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St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church: The Holy Spirit guides us in the way of the Lord
May 17, 2012 | 114 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church celebrated the Sixth Sunday of Easter with Reverend Lloyd Johnson as the pastor. Neil Nichols served as Lay Minister, and John Greve served as the Reader.

The First Reading was Acts 10:44-48. Peter was speaking to a group of people when the Holy Spirit fell upon them all, even the Gentiles. Peter then declared that anyone who receives the Holy Spirit should also be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

The Second Reading was 1 John 5:1-6. This passage tells how people who love God will keep his commandments and love all others. He continued to state that,” And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.” Our belief in Jesus is what will save us. The Spirit testifies to this and the Spirit is truth.

The Gospel of John 15:9-17 was read by Reverend Johnson. Jesus again teaches them that if you love him, you will keep his commandments. His commandment is that you love one another as he has loved you. There is no greater love than to lay one’s life down for a friend. Jesus told the disciples that they did not choose him, but he chose them. He then appoints them to go out and bear fruit that will last. “I am giving you these commandments so that you may love one another.”

Reverend Johnson discussed the Holy Spirit and its importance in our lives. A spirit is not encased in a body. However, the Holy Spirit is personal and lives within us. It adds quality to a life and gives the will to survive. Spirit is often found in a movement or group of people who are united for a common cause. When one is engaged in a struggle for survival, it is the spirit that encourages and gives strength. Spirits take on a life of their own. There may be a spirit present that unites people in the family, society, organizations, church, and brings us the presence of God.

The Holy Spirit becomes manifest in the body of the church. There may also be evil spirits, so one may test the spirit to know if it is from God. The Holy Spirit of God empowers us to live in the spirit of the world and guides us in the way of the Lord.

Sunday service will be held at 9 a.m. and fellowship will follow in the Parish Hall. All are invited to attend and be part of the Christian Spirit of the Church family.
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