Centerport United Methodist Church
The Pastor's message comes from the June issue of our monthly church newsletter - The Focus.

Pentecost Power


  I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to Pentecost – a season of power and faith, a season of hope and beginnings.  Pentecost is the day of the church – the day the Holy Spirit came upon all those believers.  They were empowered…they had a fire that burned within them.  And they had to go and share their gift with those around them.  The church began, came alive, was empowered. 

 

The Holy Spirit is a gift for all of us – Christ’s presence with us all the time.  The Advocate, Wisdom, Guide, Breath, Divine Aid.  The One who gives us gifts and helps us learn how to use them.  The One who calls us forth and points us in the direction to go.  The One who speaks to us all the time. 

 

This year, we celebrate Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday together, on Sunday, June 4th.  What an incredible time as our confirmands come forward to share their faith and claim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, on their own.  After years of preparation and intense year of learning in Sunday School and in my class, they are ready for the Holy Spirit to fill them in a new way, to confirm their baptismal vows.  And we have the opportunity to reaffirm our faith and promise to step out, take a risk, and share the gift of the Holy Spirit with someone else.

 

Pentecost is not just one day, but a season in the life of the church – and I am very thankful for that.  I may not feel empowered the same every single day, but over the course of the season, through prayer and practice, I know that God will fill me and use me in very powerful ways.  I just need to make the effort.  I pray that you join me.  Together, just think of what our church can do.  One prayer we share in church at times and may help you connect with the Holy Spirit goes like this:

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, Mold me, Fill me, Use me.

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

 

I pray you the most blessed Season of Pentecost.  May the Spirit of the Lord be upon you.

 


 

 


           ~Pastor Roy



Pastor Roy at the Blessing of the Animals service.