Chaplain Writes

The Chaplain writes

Dear Saints,

Some years ago, an extremely serious young server conversed with me after

our Sunday morning Eucharist on the Day of Pentecost. He must have been

all of 12 years old. He looked at me with a very concerned and pitying look,

saying, “Pentecost comes every year, and every year you have to preach on it.

What more can you say about it?”

Since then, I have thought fondly of this very young man around
Pentecost. I was touched by his question. He is my reminder that God is
the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Yet, we are being transformed
by the power of the Holy Spirit to grow more and more into the likeness
of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

This 50th day after Easter, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on more
than 120 disciples waiting in Jerusalem, as instructed by our Ascended
Lord, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit. This very gift, which witnesses
Jesus' faithfulness that he will be with us even to the end of time. That
we are not alone, that we are not invisible, that Christ is not invisible but
physically present in the world through us, the body of Christ, the People
of the Way.

This very gift, which made timid and fearful men and women proclaim the
Good News of the Kingdom of God as revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
This gift, which makes men and women witness the fact that we have been
given a spirit of power and not of fear. This Spirit does not only bear
witness to the Lordship of Christ, but is also God.
It is this very God that we are celebrating, proclaiming, inviting,
worshipping and resting into once more in a corporate act of worship on
Pentecost Sunday!

So, what new can we say about the Holy Spirit! Maybe we can sing with
the hymnist:
New every morning is the love,
our wakening and uprising prove;
through sleep and darkness safely brought;
restored to life and power and thought.
(Common Praise 6, verse 1 by John Kebble 1792-1866)

So let us continue the witness of the Church through the gift of the Holy
Spirit in us, and may the nations proclaim in amazement as on the First
Day of Pentecost.
And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? … – in
our own languages, we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power.

Yours in Christ as always,

Revd Jacque