Pastor's Paragraph for June 9, 2019
JUNE 9, 2019
Rejoice! This week we celebrate Pentecost, the day which brings to a conclusion the fifty day celebration of Easter. During this time, we have had the opportunity to reflect on the presence of God in our lives, to consider the reality and implications of the Resurrection, and to evaluate our personal response to God’s extravagant generosity.
For those first attempting to follow Jesus, the time between the Resurrection and Pentecost was a time of uncertainty and fear. The only life they had known was rapidly changing and they were struggling to understand the events that had transpired. They were anxious at the prospect of no longer having Jesus with them. During the Last Supper, Jesus promised he would not leave them as orphans. Christ assured them that God would send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to remind them of what he had taught them.
The word advocate is understood to mean an intercessor, a defender, a witness for the accused, and a comforter in distress. Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, fear became hope, hesitation turned into action and doubt was transformed into passionate faith. What an assurance; that which was true in those days is still true for us at Camp Hill UMC today.
Inspired and enflamed in their faith by the Holy Spirit, that small group of unlikely disciples preached the Gospel throughout the known world, continuing the ministry and mission of Jesus. This was the beginning of the church and nearly 2,000 years later we continue to nurture what was handed on to us. Today the celebration of Pentecost reminds us of God’s extraordinary intervention into our world which continues to touch our daily lives. The Holy Spirit that came upon the first disciples, and the Holy Spirit that guides the church, is the same Spirit that is available to each one of us.
Rev. Dr. Gary Weaver