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Message from Rev'd. Diane Smith, our minister.

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Dear Friends,

This year Pentecost falls on 9 June, a day of real celebration across the world for the Church.

The contrast between the disciples before Jesus’ death and after Pentecost could not be greater.

The disciples changed from timid, terrified followers to become powerful, confident proclaimers of the good news.

Pentecost was originally a Jewish festival which took place 50 days after the Festival of Passover. It was one of the great harvest festivals at which the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai was celebrated. The Feast of Passover recalled the people of God's freedom from slavery and Shavuot/Pentecost, the giving of the Law, which shaped how they served God in that freedom.

Easter, in essence, recalls our freedom from death and sin through the work of Jesus.

Pentecost in turn, shapes how we serve God in that freedom.

Pentecost should not be seen as an isolated event but part of a vital chain of events the significance of which is still with us.

The death of Jesus destroyed the disciples' expectations about who Jesus was. The resurrection put these expectations back together again, but in a very different way, helping them to truly understand.

The ascension opened up a space that required them to act, and finally, the coming of Holy Spirit gave them the ability to do so.

The disciples became liberated in the sharing of the goodness of the gospel. They became confident communicators, infused with infectious joy and enthusiasm.

Within 'The Gift and Work of the Holy Spirit' section of 'Singing the Faith' we find these wonderful words written by Brian Wren (STF 369). May we each offer this hymn also as our own prayer.

'Baptise us with your Sprit
In unrestricted ways
That move us, mind and body,
To laugh and shout your praise
Send us to clear the rubble of each defensive wall
Inviting to your table
Our neighbours, one and all.'

Love and God Bless

Rev'd. Diane