Join us for church service and Sunday School, all starting at 10 am. Rev. Marlene Notes: “In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” Acts
Join us for church service and Sunday School, all starting at 10 am.
Rev. Marlene Notes:
“In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” Acts 2:17
This Pentecost Sunday, we are reminded that all Christians share the Spirit of Jesus. For those of us living on the windy vastness of the Canadian prairies, perhaps this passage envisions the need to make wide-open spaces in our hearts also, so that the Spirit can enter and renew our daily lives. The believers’ experience of the Holy Spirit requires becoming attuned to the Spirit’s presence and discerning where the Spirit is leading us.
There were three Jewish Festivals. The Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Pentecost means “The Fiftieth,” it was also called “The Feast of Weeks,” or Shavuot. It was so called because it fell on the fiftieth day after Passover. The Passover fell in the middle of April; therefore, Pentecost fell at the beginning of June. By that time, travelling conditions were at their best. At least as many came to the Feast of Pentecost as came to the Passover; which explains the roll of countries mentioned in chapter two; never was there a more international crowd in Jerusalem than at the time of Pentecost.
This day is often acknowledged as the birth of the Church. As Luke tells the story of Acts, one recurring theme is that the Apostles were to be witnesses. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples kindled a passion to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world. The formerly frightened and confused disciples emerged from the Upper Room boldly proclaiming the mighty acts of God. An example to remember as we walk our own path of faith.
(Sunday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sherwood Park United Church
20 Fir Street Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 1Z6