When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them. ~ Acts 2:1-4 (The Message)
Pentecost Greetings Church!
This Sunday marks the commencement of the season of Pentecost in the church. We offer thanks and praise to God for the church today and every day, and we remember again that church is not a building or any one group or place … but that church is ... God’s people gathering as the body of Christ.
As I was preparing my heart to lead the church in this Pentecost season, I reread these verses from the Book of Acts, where we learn about the church’s beginning. In this reading, I was struck by the vibrancy, the energy, the sheer power of the birth of the church and how I feel a similar energy, vibrancy and power in God’s church here at Los Altos.
Throughout our ministries, I see the Holy Spirit infusing God’s church both here and across the globe with a vibrant powerful energy and enthusiasm for Jesus. I see disciples being formed at all ages and in so many places. This is truly something to celebrate!
One powerful example comes to mind. As you read this, I am in Portland, Oregon with a small group of Los Altos UMC high school and college students at our quadrennial gathering of the global United Methodist Church. This is something to celebrate because these students came to me with the passion to attend and participate at General Conference. Together with us all, these students are God’s church today, and their passion to follow Jesus, to be God’s church inspires me.
Where do you see the vibrancy, energy, and the sheer power of the birth of the church in our ministries? Where do you see disciples being formed?
Happy Birthday, Church!
Your sister in Christ,