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May 2016

Pastor Points: A Time to Grow the Church

With the coming of the Pentecost season, we enter into the “second semester” of the church year. The first half of the church year celebrates Christ’s birth, His ministry, His sacrifices for us, and His resurrection. The long Pentecost season, also called “Ordinary Time,” emphasizes Christ’s teachings.

In John 14:18, Christ promises, “I will not leave you orphaned.” He keeps that promise with the giving of the Holy Spirit to His disciples and His new church. On May 15, Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate Christ’s church unified by the Holy Spirit, and empowered for its mission in the world. The gift of the Holy Spirit is God’s way of continuing Christ’s work on earth.

Pentecost is the season during which we focus on applying our Christian beliefs to our daily living. After all the “Hosannas,” it is now time to put muscle on our faith and put it to work. If we want to grow in the understanding of Jesus’ teachings, then we cannot take a vacation from living them. As we know, the long Pentecost season includes the summer months, when many of us go on vacation. I hope the summer portion of this season of Ordinary Time won’t be a season of spiritual hibernation. Some of the best Bible passages for sermons are coming up in July and August. I am looking forward to preaching this summer!

Seven young people will be confirmed at our Sunday worship service on May 15, and a few of them will be baptized at the same service. Please join in welcoming them!


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