Welcome to these Easter – Pentecost reflections. We hope you find them inspiring and life-changing!
At the end of St Luke’s gospel, when the disciples have met the risen Jesus, Jesus tells them to “wait in the city (Jerusalem) until you have been clothed with power from on high.” The “power” Jesus was speaking about was the Holy Spirit. The Church uses this period between Easter Day and Pentecost to encourage all of us to wait on God, praying for a fresh in-filling of the Holy Spirit. These reflections centre around the Holy Spirit and I hope they will encourage us to wait on God.
These reflections are designed to give you permission to give yourself a few minutes of space each day to think about God and prepare yourself spiritually for Pentecost. If you miss a day, that doesn’t matter. Just pick up on the day you’ve come to.
As I have said before, I long passionately for us, as a Christian community, to grow in our faith and allow God to change us to become more like Jesus. And following that on-going transformation, to be able to make Jesus known in the world through how we live and work 24/7. That can’t happen unless we’re prepared to pray and read scripture and come and worship regularly. We become like the people we spend time with. So if we want to become more like Jesus and make Jesus known to others, we need to spend some time with Jesus through prayer and Bible reading and worship.
Hopefully, we can do this by using these reflections and when you do reflect and pray, may I suggest you keep a journal of some sort and jot down anything that comes into your mind? It might be God speaking to you. It might be God showing you what God wants the churches here to do next. If anything comes up that puzzles you or concerns you, PLEASE contact one of the Clergy/Readers and we’ll be very happy to spend time with you.
This time, we have a number of different contributors writing the Reflections – all members of the Leadership Team in this Parish – Readers and Clergy. On a lighter note, you may have fun guessing the authors of the reflections!
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