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May 17, 2018
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, where we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on a group of Jesus’ followers. This event compelled them out into the crowd where they shared the good news of Jesus Christ.
Gathered that day were pilgrims from all over the empire, speaking in their own language. Yet, despite the differences in language, the crowd was able to hear the story of Jesus in their own language, and then hear an interpretation of what Jesus’ resurrection meant for them.
Today, we face a similar situation. While people can hear the stories about Jesus in their language of origin, people still need to have it interpreted for them: How is this relevant to me? How does being a follower of Jesus Christ make a difference in my life?
We, in the church, have a role to play as interpreter. How are our actions “interpreting” what it means to be a follower of Jesus?
This Sunday, at the 11:15am service, we will celebrate Confirmation. The Confirmands have participated in a Confirmation class where they learned more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and what, we, as United Methodists believe. Immediately following that worship service, there will be a reception in the fellowship hall where people can greet the confirmands. I hope you will join in congratulating them.
I look forward to worshiping with you.
Yours in Christ,