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

 

Come Holy Spirit, Come

We are in a new season – the season of Pentecost. It’s 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, and grew.
 
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 right direction. The One who speaks to us and binds us together. The One through whom we experience Grace.
 
This season began on Sunday, May 20th, when we celebrated Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday together. It was an incredible day as our ten confirmands came forward to share their faith and claim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, on their own. After years of preparation and an intense year of learning in Sunday School and in my class, the Holy Spirit filled them in a new way, to confirm their baptismal vows. And we, the congregation, reaffirmed our faith and promised to step out, take a risk, and share the gift of the Holy Spirit with others.
 
Pentecost is not just one day, but a season in the life of the church, and really a lifetime for all of us. After all, we are Pentecost People. We have the Holy Spirit with us always – and I am very thankful for that. I may not feel empowered the same every single day, but over time, 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.
 
A prayer in our hymnal (#335 written by Eric Milner-White, 20th cent.) is a powerful way to ask the Holy Spirit to use us this season and always…
 
O God, the Holy Spirit,
Come to us, and among us,
Come as the wind, and cleanse us;
Come as the fire, and burn;
Come as the dew and refresh us;
Convict, convert, and consecrate many hearts and lives
To our great good and to thy greater glory;
And this we ask for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
 
I pray you the most blessed Season of Pentecost, a time of power and transformation. May the Spirit of the Lord be upon you.
 


Pastor Roy           

 



Pastor Roy at the Blessing of the Animals service.
THANK YOU!
Greetings Church Family
    “This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on, time to believe what love is bringing”
 
    Sunday, April 15, the words from this hymn truly became my reality. I have spent the last 27 years providing service and leadership at the Hempstead United Methodist Church, it was the place where I began my spiritual journey, so you can imagine it was like leaving home...and yes, there were some mixed emotions. However, as Pastor Roy introduced me to the congregation on Sunday I looked out and saw welcoming faces, and I knew that I was in a good place, in the right place and at the right time. God’s Grace and Love in action.
 
I wanted to express my gratitude and thanks for the warm welcome and fellowship that you have extended to both my family and myself, and as I prepare to embark on another path on my journey here at Centerport United Methodist Church, I believe that “Truly the Presence of the Lord is in this Place,” and I welcome the opportunity to be a part of the spiritual growth of this congregation.                                                
Sincerely,
Brother Wayne Redman
Certified Lay Minister