The newsletter for June 2017 from our minister, Rev. Francis Neil

OK, so there are some very long words used at times in religious circles, but maybe we should all know the meaning of some of them...... 

Dear friends,

I don't know about you but I find words and their origins and meanings interesting. For example, do you know what the word 'Whitsunday' means or represents? Or, do you know of any Whitsunday Christian traditions? If not, there may be people in church who might be willing to share some of the things they know about this.

'Whitsunday' is the 50th day after Easter, also known as Pentecost. It is a time when we acknowledge the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles following the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and fulfilling the promise Jesus made e.g.

26 "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father - the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father - he will testify about me.
"John 15: 26

The Bible also tells us:
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they, (the apostles), were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2: 1 - 4

The word 'Whitsunday' is said to derive from the white robes worn by the newly baptised on that day. This was a life changing commitment to 'being clothed with Christ' following Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit in a life giving glory to God:

26 "So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."
Galatians 3: 26 - 27

What does Pentecost mean to you and I - not just the meaning of the word but for following Jesus? I pray that we are open to inviting the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, into our hearts and lives so that we can communicate the Good News of the love of Jesus for all and to all.

A prayer from the Methodist Worship Book for us all:

Come, Holy Spirit
fill the hearts of your faithful people,
and kindle in us the fire of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



(If the help of our minister is needed, please telephone Rev. Francis on 01422 615910 )