Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Welcome to worship on Pentecost Sunday, the last Sunday of this Easter Season. Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and the whole church. The church as it was then and down through the ages to this very moment.
Jesus promised his disciples that he would send his Holy Spirit to be among them, being the means by which they can be the church and to further the mission of Christ in the world. The Holy Spirit was given not as some kind of personal possession, not as a badge of honour for Christians, nor simply to then be able to exercise charismatic gifts. Rather the Holy Spirit is given so that Christ may continue to dwell in our lives and as preached last week, for us to be his hands, voice and feet in a world that hungers for spiritual meaning and life.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people and kindle in us the fire of your love. Amen.
May you journey with Christ this week.
Rev Cannon Ian Howarth is the Rector of the Anglican Parish of St Paul's Kyneton and St John's Malmsbury and is the team leader of the Central Highlands Cluster.