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4th June 2017 - Pentecost Sunday

posted 2 Jun 2017, 09:03 by Veronica Yarwood



In this Pentecostal moment God is winning. God is

accomplishing the salvation of the whole of

humankind through Christ in the Spirit in the Church.

In our various tongues and voices we praise the

mighty works of the Lord, culminating, as they do, in

Jesus. We reverse the Babel episode. We unite

the nations, overcoming our tensions, divisions,

discriminations and antagonisms. We witness to and

for the Lordship of Jesus.

In this Pentecostal moment the Lord is breathing on

US, imbuing us with the Spirit and we are a new

humankind. Through, with and in Jesus, we bring

the Father's peace to our world. We take away the

sin of the world by lives of forgiveness. We live our

lives in the same Spirit as Jesus leads his. By living

within us in the Holy Spirit Jesus perfects God's

unique and mighty work of love for humankind.


So we are the body of Christ. Each one of us has a

vital part to play. Each functions for the benefit of

the whole. It is the Spirit who leads us. Our faith is

essentially visible, social, tangible and functional.

No one is an island in our Church family.


And in this Pentecostal moment we recognise our call

to service. Members of the Servant Christ we serve.

Members of Christ the light we shine out to show the

way. Through, with and in Christ we are a

sacrament and sign of our intimate union with God

and the unity of humankind. Our every thought,

word and deed makes this sign and sacrament that we

are, more visible, more tangible and more audible, at

home and abroad, locally and universally.


Hence the force and purpose of our Pentecostal

prayer: "Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your

faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love"



And "Send forth your Spirit, 0 Lord,

And renew the face of the earth." (Ps. 103.30.)