Pentecost | The transforming power of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God the Father and God the Son (Jonathan Aitken)Read Now
Today we celebrate God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet understanding the full meaning of this gift can be difficult. From time to time I get invited to preach – or share as they call it – in Charismatic and Pentecostal churches.
When they are at full throttle – and they usually are at full throttle – their manifestations of the Holy Spirit often include: beating on bongo drums, waving of flags, speaking in tongues, uttering prophetic words, sometimes leaping up and down on trampolines, and literally rolling in the aisles.
Acts 7:55-60; 1 Peter 2:2-10; St John 14:1-14
Laudabo Nomen Domini
“If you have tasted that the Lord is good ….. Come to him, a living stone ….. and like living stones let yourselves be built into a spiritual house”.
In the name of the living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
In the world of politics, at election meetings and annual general meetings, someone is usually given a rather difficult job to do. He is called the warm-up man. It’s a role that I thought I had, with relief, left far behind me in my distant past. And that was so until Father Philip invited me to preach this Sunday, adding in his gentle, subtle way the rider: “I do hope you might be able to link your sermon to the church AGM which is taking place immediately after this service”.