Sunday 19 May 2024

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Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-11. Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth – Psalm 103(104):1, 24, 29-31, 34. Galatians 5:16-25. John 15:26-27; 16:12-15.

The blessings of community

Pentecost begins with the gathering of the Christian community. We are told they ‘all met in one room’. Just as in their Jewish experience, the first disciples understood themselves as seized by something together. Not as individuals but as a community. The power of what they experience is overwhelming. What seems like tongues of fire rests on each head. They are ‘all filled with the Holy Spirit’.

Those present are given the power to speak different languages, to share the Good News, ‘the marvels of God’. The communal experience is not for a single ethnic or national group, it is for all people who believe in Jesus Christ. In and through God’s Spirt, this community sustains and supports us. Whether with a community today or not, you might recollect the blessings of being part of the Christian community, Christ’s Church, the Body of Christ.

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