Yesterday was the Queen’s Official Birthday, marked in part by Trooping the Colour.
Today, is the Churches Official Birthday – Pentecost – The Coming of the Holy Spirit:
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
1On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. 2Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. 3Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. 4The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak. 5Many religious Jews from every country in the world were living in Jerusalem. 6And when they heard this noise, a crowd gathered. But they were surprised, because they were hearing everything in their own languages. 7They were excited and amazed, and said:
Don’t all these who are speaking come from Galilee? 8Then why do we hear them speaking our very own languages? 9Some of us are from Parthia, Media, and Elam. Others are from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 10Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, parts of Libya near Cyrene, Rome, 11Crete, and Arabia. Some of us were born Jews, and others of us have chosen to be Jews. Yet we all hear them using our own languages to tell the wonderful things God has done.
The Spirit is here. Jesus had promised it, and now it is here – the church now has the power to do what Jesus asked it to do. They are not working in their own power, but his.
But for me, the most amazing thing about the coming of the Spirit, is that it makes God’s word available to everyone.
There were people from all over the world in Jerusalem at the time, from all kinds of backgrounds, speaking many different languages – and yet they all understood what the disciples had to say about God.
No one was too obscure, too far away, too different – God’s word that day was for them. And they didn’t just hear it, they understood it too.
Today God’s word is for you. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, whatever your situation today – God comes to you. He is relevant to your life, and he has something to say. Listen to what he has to say to you