As I write this I am also preparing the services for Pentecost. What I love about Pentecost is that it’s the fulfilment of God’s promise made many years previously, to put out his Spirit on all people.
“I will put out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see vision. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit.” ( Joel 2: 28-29)
The Apostle Peter quotes this very passage when he addressed the crowd in Jerusalem who witnessed the coming of the Holy Spirit and wondered what it was all about (Acts 2: 17-18).
The other thing that is so striking is the way that Jesus’ disciples are transformed then the Holy Spirt comes. From hiding behind locked doors after Jesus’ death they are now speaking in languages they’ve never learned, from all the nations in the known world at that time. (Acts 2:8-12). The result was that many people heard the good news about Jesus can came to trust in him.
As we pray for All Saints this month, for our community life and witness together, let’s pray that we might be like those first disciples – that the Holy Spirit will fill us to the brim, give us the confidence to share our faith with those around us and that we might see people coming to know the love of Jesus for themselves through our witness.