Acushnet-Wesley United Methodist Church
Friday, November 15, 2019
Live well, laugh often, love much!

Pastor's Message

 

 

“The advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” John 14:26

 
 
 
Greetings to All in the name of our Savior, Jesus the Christ:
Summer is here and going by quickly! And what better way to ‘kick off’ the summer than the celebration of Pentecost. Pentecost is a day of birth. It is a day when the church celebrates its beginning. At the end of the Book of John Jesus PROMISES us that God the Father will send to us the Holy Spirit—the Advocate—the Helper—the Interpreter of the Word. And in Acts 2:1-21 the Spirit works in an undeniable way as wind and thunder and tongues of fire with the birth of a new Spirit-filled community that is empowered to live out its mission in the world. Each person in the community experienced a “tongue” of flame. It is as though the fire of the Holy Spirit is claiming each person in the community. “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and they began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability” (v. 4). Many were called and many heard the call to become believers that day, both “foreigners” and people from the “inner circle”. The listing of people from so many different areas emphasizes the vast inclusivity of God’s love through the Good News of Jesus Christ.
All these images clarify the way each of us is called to mission. Each one of us is individually called by Jesus to continue God’s work in the world. And likewise EVERYONE is called as a group to BE the Body of Christ, to BE the church. God calls the unlikely and the shy and the busy. God equips each one of us for the task to which we are called. God empowers each one of us. God uses real people to do God’s work. On the day of Pentecost, the church was called to continue in the prophetic call of love and justice in the community as those who are empowered by a loving God. An indwelling God. A God who lives in our hearts always and forever. As we hear and tell the story over and over each year, we too are asked to speak in our own languages—in our own way and in our own manner–about the radical, inclusive love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So listen to the Holy Spirit. Listen to your heart. And go out and BE the hands and feet of Christ in this world.
In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Kathy