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July Pastor's Note
July 14, 2020, 2:30 PM

Acts 2:43-47 (CEB)

43 A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. 44 All the believers were united and shared everything. 45 They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. 46 Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. 47 They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

 

I read this brief passage and pause at the event of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended on the church. The changes that came as these followers practiced this new life in Christ would shape people over the centuries up to our present. Gathering for worship, meeting in each other’s homes devoting themselves to Christ, to a communal bondedness, to prayer, and to a way of life of care.

During this time of the Pandemic, we long for such a gathering of our church family. The ways of relationship you’ve had with each other over a lifetime is suspended as we try in limited ways to live in our bondedness in Christ. I know that many already stay in contact by means of the telephone, others may email, or text one another. Linda Bryant-Smith has provided access to other ministers whose gifts of ministry were received well by the church. These persons have continued to settings where their gifts are now available by online access. Still, others will read the Upper Room - we have them at the office and can either send or deliver one for you. Others will spend more time with scripture or attend Zoom Bible Study.

The early followers were a mix of people from different locations - race, ethnicity, and a moment when everyone was experiencing something new, and unfamiliar. Yet, they devoted themselves to prayer. Many forms of prayer are open to us as we each with his or her own life pause to listen to God, speak to God, to pray for one another.

The story and picture of Acts is an invitation to ponder the enormous change we face and in which God has not abandoned us. None of us have a clear idea of where the Holy Spirit is leading, but we follow in the Hope that God is at work in you.

 

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