Cathedral News, June 4, 2017

 
 
 

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21-22)

Pentecost is all about the Holy Spirit… and about mission… and about stewardship… and…

Pentecost is a pivotal event in God’s story, and now God’s story is our story. At the very foundation of this story, for me, is the change in name and purpose of the disciples. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” They are no longer just disciples learning Christ’s message. At Pentecost they become apostles — “apostolos” is the Greek — messengers commissioned by Jesus and “sent out” to take the Gospel message beyond Jerusalem into the world. Equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit, this chapter of the story begins the actual work, the “acts” of the apostles to establish the Church throughout the world. God is now identifying with His people in a new way – through the Holy Spirit – and it is up to us to carry God’s message. We are this generation of Jesus’ apostles.

The season of Pentecost is the longest season in our liturgical calendar. And because of that, the purpose of the season can get lost. But if we take the meaning of the Pentecost event seriously, this is the time for us to study the scriptures deeply and ask ourselves, “What is my role in this new chapter of God’s story?”

First we start with prayer and discernment. As we contemplate the theme of the Pentecost story, we ask God to show us what God is bringing forth in our lives. If the point of Pentecost is mission, how is God empowering each of us to take the Gospel message into the world?

I suggest to you that the answer to that question may be closer than you might think. Are you aware that the Cathedral offers more than 30 distinct ministries? From the Front Desk Ministers offering sack lunches to the hungry folks on our streets, to the Cathedral Gift Shop, to our Food Pantry and more, we are a community that is actively taking the witness of Christ into the world. Pentecost is when we take this mission personally and our ministries need your help.

  • Consider teaching Sunday School
  • Join the Stewardship Committee
  • Help with the Hospitality ministry
  • After church, have your family fill sacks of food
  • The list goes on…

This Sunday we will receive the power of the Holy Spirit to move into new areas. Enhance your own discipleship. Become an apostle.

Deacon Chuck Jones

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